Hello gorgeous friends!! I can’t tell y’all how nice it is to have our house back! I’m referring to last week when we had a four-man tiling crew here each day laying new floor tile in our kitchen, pantry, laundry room, hall, and guest bath. It is officially complete though and it looks amazing! Hiring professionals was such a treat!
Here is how it looks grouted:
That is tile, y’all, and it matches Lyla ha ha!
They really did a phenomenal job! I’ll share the whole space when I get a chance.
First, I need to start working through this pile of treasures that has been patiently awaiting me in the garage!
Today, I’m back at it with this cute box I picked up for $4.25 at the thrift store:
It was looking a bit forlorn in the state I found it in, but no more! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I began this makeover with a couple of fixes.
The bottom was coming apart, so I secured it with wood glue and small nails that I hammered in place:
The handles were missing from both sides, so I removed what was left of them, as well as the closure on the front. There were also a couple of nail heads missing on top, so I stole the ones from where the decorative edge along the bottom came to a peak in the middle on both the front and both sides to replace those that were missing.
Then I filled in all the tiny holes with Dixie Mud in brown:
After lightly sanding the filled holes and washing it down with White Lightning, this cutie was ready for paint!
Fluff has more pigment in it so the coverage is better and usually covers in just two coats.
Using it as a base coat under the Cotton allowed me to only have to add one coat of the Cotton for solid coverage instead of the three coats it usually takes!
Solid coverage! Yay!
I sanded lightly all over and then sealed the parts that weren’t getting fabric, with Best Dang Wax in clear.
People often ask what to seal with and I have three sealers I use:
Best Dang Wax: Can be used on anything, but it’s a bit more labor intensive to apply. I use it mostly on these smaller pieces. (I don’t have to dirty a sponge to apply it!)
Clear Coat: Clear Coat can also be used on anything. I love the Clear Coat in the Satin finish (comes in satin, flat, and gloss), and that’s what I use on most furniture pieces as it is very easy to apply with the blue sponge.
Gator Hide: Can also be used on anything, but I save it for pieces that will get heavy use as it is Dixie Belle’s most durable topcoat.
For the fabric I chose this print that I love:
What you see here is all that I have left of it. It came from a set of curtain panels that I used on a couple of other upholstery projects. I just couldn’t throw this scrap away.
I’m glad I kept it because it is just enough to pretty up this box!
As you can see above, I used my rotary cutting set (this is the one I have…it is light gray on the reverse side) to cut it to the size I needed since it cuts perfectly straight with minimal fraying.
Then I attached it by using Matte Mod Podge, brushing it on like a glue with a cheap chip brush:
I did not go over the fabric with more Mod Podge. I left it as is.
And here is how this pretty box looks now!
It’s a long way from where it started!
You can see that I centered the pattern on my fabric also.
And I replaced the original metal closure with this glass knob:
It’s oversized and I love it for this box. It came in a pack of six from HomeGoods.
How about the insides??
Surprise! This gorgeous vibrant color is Flamingo.
It took three coats for solid coverage, but next time, I’ll use Fluff as a base coat on this one too.
I sealed the inside with Gator Hide since it might get heavy use like for remotes. I used a brush instead of the sponge I usually use to apply it to reach those inside corners more easily.
And that is another piece from my new haul complete!
Other pieces with this fabric
And here is one of the other pieces I used this gorgeous fabric on:
You can see more of that HERE!
And here is another!
See that one HERE!
I’ll see y’all back here on Thursday with this secretary desk!
UPDATE: You have to check out how Becky’s secretary turned out! See it HERE now!
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