I really just could not think of a more befitting name for this post. I found this flatware box at the thrift store for just under $5.
Here it is as I found it:
Ooh good find, right? There are so many possible uses for a little chest like this…
Ok a LOT of TLC. So gross. It smelled so musty and yet I brought it home anyway for $5 more dollars than I should have. I would never have had the nerve to donate this!
But luckily for me, someone else did. 🙂
And for the inside:
No more smelly, crusty mess. I used a scraper to scrape away as much of the crusty paper as possible. Then I shellacked the interior with Zinsser spray shellac twice to get rid of the musty odor. There’s not a trace of it left!
Then I lined it with pretty paper and fabric. The paper is Mod Podged in place and the bottom is lined with a piece of foam core cut-to-fit and wrapped in fabric.
The outside got a new paint job including a grey grain sack stripe…
Then I used this stencil to add this bold PARIS graphic to the top. I used spray adhesive on the back of the stencil to hold it in place. It makes it just tacky enough to stay put while painting.
The thing about stencils is that they usually look like stencils. The breaks in the letters are a dead giveaway…
So I paint them in with a small paint brush! Here I also smoothed any areas where the paint bled a little.
And voila! Much better. I also sanded the surface with a little 220 grit sand paper to make it smooth. I sealed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.
There really are so many uses for a chest like this.
It could hold jewelry of course, but how about a place to hide the remotes? A quick place to stash the daily mail that needs sorting? A pretty new sewing box or craft stash box?
So many possibilities!
I try not to pass these up when I find them.
You might also like this one I did a couple of years ago:
Or this one I shared as part of my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days series:
These all sold quickly, so I’m always on the lookout for more.
In my next post I’ll be sharing how I made over this pretty yard sale find that I scored for $40:
She turned out really pretty!
UPDATE: See how she looks HERE!
See ya then!
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