Happy Tuesday, amazing friends! The boys went back to school today…I now have a fourth grader and a Senior! How that even happened is crazy! I know the house it going to be a little too quiet today, so I am always happy to have you guys to keep me company! ( I honestly only feel that way the first day, then I’m good ha ha!)
I’m continuing through the second group of items I pulled from my storage room, and I have two items to share!
The first is this hatbox I found at the thrift store years and years and YEARS ago:
When I bought it, I used it to corall all those little toy parts that toddlers love to carry from place to place. Then it got promoted to holding the boys’ Disney Infinity characters. I cleaned out the room over the garage where the boys hang out when I was preparing for our yard sale, and found a new way to organize the boys’ video game stuff. It’s been so long since I bought it that I don’t recall what I paid for it. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
This box has definitely seen better days. It looks like one of those old school hat boxes, but this is definitley a newer knock-off version.
I started by cleaning it well with lysol wipes (actually Walmart’s version). Then I gave it one coat of Dixe Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg Blue:
Then I lightly dry brushed it with Cotton white and a very dry brush all over, going with the paint strokes.
Then I used Frogtape to mark off my stripes:
And filled them in with Dixie Belle’s Cotton. I gave them two coats and immediately removed the tape as soon as I applied the second coat.
Luckily the top of the box was about the same size as my Frogtape that I used for the stripes!
This could be great for holding so many things.
You can see the dry-brushing lightens up the blue quite a bit…
I also gave the inside a little love…
The top got painted and the inside got a new fabric liner:
I found this fabric at Hobby Lobby.
This is the first round box that I’ve lined, and it ened up being pretty easy to do. If you have a similar one to line, I took photos as I went so you could see how I did it:
1. Cut a piece of fabric for the bottom of the box. I traced around the OUTSIDE of the box and cut first. Then, I placed the fabric inside the bottom and used a pencil to outline where the edge was all the way around.
2. I Then used scissors to make small cuts to the line I marked in pencil, about 3/4 to and inch apart all the way around. This will allow the fabric to flip up on the sides without puckering.
3. I applied Matte Mod Podge to the bottom with a chip brush to adhere the fabric.
4. Then I layed the fabric in the bottom and smoothed it out towards the edges.
5. To cover the sides, I first measured the depth of the box, adding about a quarter of an inch or so for the fold at the top.
6. I used my rotary cutter and straight edge/cutting mat kit to cut nice straight pieces for the sides.
7. I folded the top edge over and ironed it flat.
8. I secured the fabric to the sides with Matte Mod Podge, just as I did on the bottom.
I love to hang onto cards and vacation memorabilia, and this box would be perfect for that! I actually have one even bigger that I redid a couple of years ago that I use for that purpose HERE.
Piece number two is SUPER simple! It’s this very sophisticated paper towel holder that I have had for several years:
I can’t believe this has been hanging around as long as it has. It was marked down twice to 45¢ and I’m a sucker for spindly things so I just had to have it.
It would be perfect to put on the table at a cook out, right?
I guess the napkins in that photo are a little redundant, huh? I mean if you have a giant roll of paper towels right there…
For this one, I sanded the base that was flaking first, and then I spray primed it white. I wanted a little white to show through. Then, while I had Dixie Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg Blue out from painting the box above, I painted this one too.
This also got a light sanding and a coat of Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in satin to seal.
I’d say that’s 45¢ well spent!
Now that was a super quickie, but now I can cross off two more items!!
If you missed any of these makeovers, you can visit them here:
I’ll be back on Thursday with the chair:
See ya then!! 🙂
UPDATE: See how this little chair got a sexy new look HERE!
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