Wooden Box Update

Hello lovely Friends! I’m back today with a quick little makeover for ya’ll.  There’s a thrift store by my Mom’s house that I always stop in whenever I’m out that way. That’s the same store where I found my 99¢ table. When I stopped in there last week, I found a few small things:


The little pitcher was my favorite find. I can always use a pretty white pitcher. All of these were on the clearance…does it get any better than clearance at the thrift store?? (No. The answer is no.)

Today I’m sharing what I did to update the wooden box:


It was marked down to $1.98. I’m sure it was part of a canister set at one time since it still had the brown plastic insert inside. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.  Read my full disclosure here.

I decided to paint it (You weren’t expecting that were you? 🙂 ), and add a little something to that ceramic oval piece on the front to give it a fresh look:

Thrift Store cannister turned cute trinket box

Doesn’t resemble the dated piece it once was at all now, does it?

Thrift Store cannister turned cute trinket box

I used my Silhouette to cut a stencil out of contact paper for the #2:

Thrift Store cannister turned cute trinket box

I used a small brush and black acrylic paint to paint in the number.

Thrift Store cannister turned cute trinket box

For the box I used Fluff by Dixie Belle Paint. I’m getting a lot of projects done with that one jar!

I waxed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal.

Thrift Store cannister turned cute trinket box


Thrift Store cannister turned cute trinket box

I lined the bottom with some of the left over toile fabric I used in the drawers of  the vintage night tables I shared recently. I just wrapped a piece around a piece of foam core that I cut to fit the bottom, then hot glued it in place.

Thrift Store cannister turned cute trinket box

Easy! This would be perfect for my chocolate stash. My kids would never think to look in there. 🙂

Thrift Store cannister turned cute trinket box

If you liked this little makeover. Here’s another quick one you might enjoy:


It’s much cuter now now…check it out HERE. 🙂

I’ll be back next week sharing how I updated this $40 estate sale bookcase:


Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

UPDATE: Check out how I transformed this big brown beast HERE now!



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  1. Fonda Rush says

    Good save! I’m impressed! {I wondered what you were going to do with that embedded ceramic piece!}

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    Beautiful!! I can’t wait to see what you do with the silver covered box. You are so creative, well I will say it again—Amazing!! Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • Aww thank you, Mary! You are SO sweet!! I just painted that box in the same blue I did the 99¢ table in. Not sure it warrants a whole post, but it’s pretty. 🙂

  3. Laura S in Texas says

    So cute! I see things like that box and try to think of how to fix it up a bit but rarely come up with anything, so I don’t buy the box. What you did is perfect & if it keeps your stash of chocolates safe, all the better. Thanks for the great idea, now if I can just come across a cute box again.

    • Thanks, Laura!! Paint is magical for sure, and yes my kids would never look in there lol! XO

  4. Janice Holt says

    Well I got my DIYer “fix” early again this morning. Love the little box. Well I love everything you do. Looking forward to the next make over.

  5. Love this box! Everyone needs one of these! I’m on the hunt now….thank you!

  6. You are SO creative.The 2 canister box is darling! Didn’t see that coming. You inspire me!

    • Aww thanks so much, Kathy!! Sometimes it’s these little makeovers that are the most fun! XO

  7. did you take a picture right at the check out register??!! i love that! i am so tempted to do that and send it directly to someone… what a great haul! box is darling. i love that you put a beautiful surprise in the bottom.

  8. Love the little box!!! So cute. Hope all is well with you xoxo

    • Thanks, Sue! 2017 is off to a productive start so I’d say things are looking good around here! Hope your year is great so far! XOXO

  9. That little oval piece was part of the Pfaltzgraff Folk Art collection of dishes. They retired this pattern years ago, but still make a lot of replacement pieces.

  10. Love the white distressed paint on the box. Why did you select the number “2?” Just curious!

    • Thanks, Barb! No particular reason for the number 2 except it’s prettier and took up more space than the number 1! Three is actually my favorite. 🙂

  11. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    What vision! I tried to come up with an idea before I scrolled down the blog page. YOUR idea was so cute! I envy YOU with all the thrift stores you have. It also is good if you are “vigilant” and keep going in there. I love the white pitcher. (I would have picked that up too.) You could do a blog sometime of videoing shelves at the thrift store. It would be like shopping WITH you as you select items with your “quick” vision.
    Do you upholster. I think I newly subscribed when I saw you tackle upholstery. I wan to make some slipcovers (for chairs) this winter for spring. You are fearless and will tackle anything. I am always afraid to “botch up” on something I really care about and use.

    • Thanks, Sherry! Yes going often is definitely the key! We have a ton of thrift stores here. There used to be three within a couple of miles from my house, but two of them closed down boo hoo. I have thrifted with my blogger friend Nancy a couple of times and we shared the video of it. You can see our last one here: https://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/childs-rocker-makeover-were-taking-you-thrifting-with-us/ And I have done a couple of slipcover tutorials…if you search “slip cover” in the search box on my blog, you’ll see them. And no need to be afraid when sewing…you can easily undo your stitches until you get it right! 😀

  12. So pretty! I have one similar to this, wonder if it was part of the set LoL and now I know what I’m doing to it! I’ll have to use #5 since that’s my favorite number 😀

  13. What a great little make-over! The box looks totally updated, and it has years more use left in it. I like the soft wax finish.

    • Thanks, Carol AKA Mimi! 🙂 You are so right…this will be enjoyed for years to come now! XO

  14. Marcie Lovett says

    Another delicious makeover! So simple, yet so completely transformative. I would have yanked that oval piece off, but not you. Ingenious treatment, Christy.

    Looking forward to your posting about tools. Fun to see how these projects come together. I’m especially interested in learning about the different paints you use.

    • Aww thanks, Marcie!! Sometimes the smallest makeovers are the most fun, right? Hoping to get that tools post out on Tues…might do a separate one for paints. 🙂

  15. Oh my goodness did this come out cute!!! I love it!

  16. Okay… I just need to paint everything white or pale blues/aquas and just trust myself! When I saw your before pic a couple days ago, I was like, “Hmmmm, will white paint really make a difference?” Ugh! It ALWAYS does! I loved the ceramic piece on the front and knew that would be great, but just couldn’t visualize the box changing. I need to trust your instincts and step out in faith on some of my projects!

    I am SOOOO excited you are going to do a ‘tools of the trade’ post! FINALLY! 😉 Speaking of your tools of the trade (which makes me always think of the HomeRight Finish Max), I entered their FB sweepstakes for the SteamMachine… AND I WON!!!! That was a total, exciting surprise! For the first time, I’m looking forward to cleaning my shower! You were the first person I thought I would want to share my news with, but thought that might be a bit weird, so this was kinda the perfect place to share. 😀

    • Ha ha yes…paint works miracles!! Most times when I don’t have an idea of what to do with something, I just start painting. Usually the ideas flow from there. Yes, trust yourself. 🙂 And AWESOME on the steamer win!!!!!! You should have messaged me on Facebook… I would have totally done a happy dance with you ha ha! That is SO exciting!! See ya Tuesday with my tools post! XOXO

  17. Amazing as always. That would look great on my dresser with my lucky #3.

  18. I can’t stand that I cannot see the forest through the trees. I would’ve never bought that box because I could not imagine doing anything to it that would make it look as good as you did. No matter how many ideas I see, I have a hard time coming up with something as cool as you did. Sigh… Thank good ness you’re around to inspire
    and I am a blog subscriber. Sheesh! Keep up the awesome use of your gits and sharing with us all. Really enjoy your creativity and ideas !

    • Aww that’s okay, Dodie…my “vision” has evolved over time…trust me on that! And when I have a creative block, I just start painting and usually sparks an idea. Thank you for choosing to follow along with me!! 😀

  19. gifts

  20. Awsome job! Love it.

  21. Love this box!!

  22. White paint does it again! If only the former owner could see this box now – so pretty.

    • I really do wish I could embrace color, but I just know white is always a good answer lol…thanks, Marie! Yes I’m sure they would have kept if only they knew. 🙂

  23. Cutie patootie! So much better. 🙂 xo I need to go thrift store shopping…it’s been way too long! I am sure I’ve missed all kinds of goodies…boo!!

    • Thanks, Nancy! I have just stopped here and there while on my way to do what I’m really supposed to be doing ha ha…need a whole thrifting day! ????

  24. LOVE~LOVE~LOVE it!!!!!! Love your creativity …as always!!!!
    Happy new year to you!!!! 😉

  25. Cheri Hins says

    Love it. Thank you for sharing.