Hello amazing friends!! If y’all have followed me for any length of time at all, you know I have a hard time passing up a few things. One of them is old flatware boxes.
Imagine my delight when I happened upon the mother of all flatware boxes at the thrift store by my Mom’s house a few months ago!
I should have put a soda can in the picture so you could appreciate how huge this thing is! It is over two feet wide.
It was $9.98 and immediately went into my cart. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
I decided to remove the existing paint finish using citristrip gel so I could remove all of the decorative painting on the top and get a smooth surface.
I chose a darker hue than my normal paint colors:
This is Behr’s Dark Ash that I made into chalk paint. (Recipe with video HERE.)
I think it gave this box a more sophisticated feel.
I didn’t have any ideas of where I wanted to go with this box, so I just started painting. Then I decided to add a stencil to the center of the top…
I also filled in the breaks in the letters with a liner brush to make it look a little less like a stencil.
Then it looked lonely on the large wide top all by itself, so I decided to add a grain sack stripe to either side of the stencil using FrogTape:
I pulled the tape off while the paint was still wet.
Those stripes were just what this piece needed.
I finished off the outside with a light sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax. Then I added the jewelry…
This knob from Hobby Lobby was perfect, along with these handles for the sides, also from Hobby Lobby:
The inside was fabulous with its royal blue felt lining:
But it had to go. I gave it something a little more fitting:
Ah yes that’s better! (Fabric from Hobby Lobby)
I lined the sides of the bottom first…
Then I wrapped a piece of foam core for the top and bottom that I cut to fit (using my rotary cutter and straight edge), and glued them in place.
I was able to remove all the felt from the sides of the top really well, so I just painted them instead of lining them with fabric.
This is so big, it could be a great place to store so many different things. I love pretty storage that can be left right out in the open!
This is my seventh flatware box that I have shared here on the blog, but this one is probably my favorite:
See how it turned out HERE. 🙂
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper crew sharing how I gave this sofa a whole new look:
Have a great day!
UPDATE: Hey don’t go anywhere just yet…click HERE to see how this sofa looks now!! 🙂
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