Hello lovely friends! If ya’ll have spent any time here at all, chances are you’ve seen a flatware box makeover or two or five. I just cannot pass them up when I see them! As I was looking through my storage room to find my next project, I found three of them, and decided this one would be my next makeover:
Seems easy enough, right? That is until you open it:
Yikes…that is where all the hard work takes place.
Let’s see how this baby turned out, shall we?
Ooh la la…stencil to the rescue! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
Before painting, I knew I wanted to change the dated pull on the front and the brass handles on the sides. To do this I filled in the holes with this wood filler…
It dries pretty fast. Then I sanded the filled holes smooth.
I love using these soft hues for pieces that will possibly end up in a bedroom. This is one part Annie Sloan’s French Linen, and two parts Pure White.
I don’t recall where I found this stencil, but this one HERE is similar and pretty also. To fill in the stencil, I used a small brush and my Bit of Sugar by Behr made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)
I like to use a brush because I don’t love the stippled look you can sometimes get with a regular stencil brush. I use this spray adhesive to hold my stencils in place and try to brush away from the edges as much as possible when I am filling them in. (Spray the back of the stencil.)
Pull the stencil away immediately after the second coat:
(Clean the stencil right away with warm water and an old rag or washcloth, and lay sticky side up to dry on a paper towel.)
You can see there are lots of raised areas from stenciling, but sanding the surface will smooth all of those imperfections out:
Because this stencil wasn’t quite wide enough to fill out the top of the box the way I would have liked, I added a simple stripe on each side to fill in the space, using FrogTape:
After sanding the entire box with 220 grit sandpaper, I sealed the surface with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
I chose to switch out the original dated pull for this pretty little glass knob…
And remember what the inside looked like? Here ya go so you don’t have to scroll back up:
Here it is now:
See in detail how I line the inside of these boxes in this post. The only difference is I used Matte Mod Podge instead of hot glue to adhere the lining on the sides here, and I think I like that better.
These can hold all kinds of things like precious mementos, photos, jewelry, and other accessories.
These boxes have so many possibilities, and I still have two more in my storage room!
My little chenille throw got another chance to shine. 🙂
Not bad for a $3 thrift store find, right?
Meet me back here on Thursday to see what I did to update this wooden inbox:
Have a great day, and I’ll see ya then! 🙂
UPDATE: You can see how I repurposed this inbox HERE now!
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