XL Flatware Box Makeover

Hello amazing friends!! If ya’ll 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:

XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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 like to use spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place. Then I used a small brush and acrylic craft paint, trying to brush away from the edges as much as possible.

XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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.

XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Those stripes were just what this piece needed.

XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I finished off the outside with a light sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax. Then I added the jewelry…

XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

This knob from Hobby Lobby was perfect, along with these handles for the sides, also from Hobby Lobby:


XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The inside was fabulous with its royal blue felt lining:

But it had to go. I gave it something a little more fitting:

XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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.

XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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.

XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


XL Flatware Box repurposed from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    How cute is that!! I love it. Can you just imagine how heavy that big box was with silver in it? It turned out amazing! Love the color.

    • Thanks, Mary! I cannot even imagine how heavy it was filled with silver. You’d better be in good shape before trying to move it! XO

  2. ColleenB. says

    Haven’t seen a flatware box quite this large.
    Awesome find and great buy

  3. Christina in FL says

    Christy, this is gorgeous! Wow! I will never look at a flatware box the same way again. I don’t know why it took until this makeover to see this, yet I love it all the more. Great for stationery! Does anyone (but me) actually send social snail mail any more?
    Thanks always for the great inspiration and tutorials!

    • Thanks, Christina! You are always so sweet!! This is perfect for stationary, although I’m afraid I don’t send much in the way of hand-written letters these days. I do miss getting those thoughtful letters too! XOXO

  4. Jamie Kennemer says

    Oh goodness!!????????????????????. That is beautiful!!!

  5. Carol Whewell says

    This is an amazing and beautiful transformation!

  6. Sandy W. says

    Love this! Is there a reason you used craft paint over chalk paint for the lettering?

    • Thanks, Sandy! I sometimes use chalk paint as well, but it doesn’t wash off of the stencil as easily. 🙂

  7. Marianne Tiffany says

    This is soooooo beautiful. I see these all the time at Goodwill and never dreamed what you could do with one. I live in Northern Wisconsin and am wondering what thoughts you’d have on a stencil for a more Northwoods feel?

  8. Love the box makeover…very pretty!!

  9. It’s a good thing you have a hard time “passing things up a few things” because you wouldn’t have these amazing transformations! It’s beautiful!

  10. Love the flatware box. The stencil looks great and the grain sack strip is a favorite of mine.

  11. hi just wondering what’s the best way to clean a stencil after using spray adhesive

    • Hi Denise! I usually rinse the paint off in my kitchen sink using my fingers or an old washcloth while running the stencil under water. Then I let it dry on a paper towel sticky side up. There really is no way to clean off the sticky residue that I know of…it will dry tacky. I just stack it on top of the rest of my stencils when it’s dry and then when I need to use it again, I give it a fresh spray of spray adhesive.

  12. where do you get your stencils ?

  13. Definitely nice enough now to leave out! You did a spectacular job!

  14. Susan Renaud says

    I love this site. Recently I purchased an old, but good-condition cigar box and was hesitant to change it in any way. Since viewing your remake of the cutlery box, I’m convinced I will love the change. Can’t wait to get started.

  15. I like the darker color-a lot! Very classy.

    • Thanks, Ange! I bought it a while back to try on a piece of furniture but forgot all about it! XOXO

  16. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    Well, guess what? I liked the original. I think it had some rose molling (sp.) done on top. I liked it the way it was. IF it was in REALLY bad shape, I liked what you YOU did. If ti were me, I would have cherished it like it was. That’s me. You do good work. Your painting is impeccable. Thank you.

    • That’s okay, you are allowed to love the before! It was very nicely done. You at least like the after of the inside better though, right? Ha ha! Thank you, Sherry! XOXO

  17. Julie Briones says

    I LOVE this darker gray… It’s different from your normal colors, but you can still see this is TOTALLY you! Can’t wait for the settee! I don’t remember seeing something like that done by you.

    • Thanks, Julie!! It’s out of my norm, but I kinda love it! The settee was a hand-me-down from my MIL. 🙂

  18. You know I’m a sucker for flatware and jewelry boxes too. You always do such a lovely job breathing new life into them, Christy. I love how you line yours with pretty fabric. Pinning Can’t wait to see what you did with that settee!

  19. Christine says

    Love the make-over! When stenciling, how do you get such a smooth finish? When I use multiple thin coats, the paint tends to seep under the edges of the stencil. If I use thicker paint, I get lines from my brush and have to sand which then damages the paint finish of the piece. Your stencil technique looks flawless.

    • Thanks, Christine! Since I usually use chalk paint, I sand the area to be stenciled very lightly first (220 grit). Then I use a spray adhesive which helps to hold the stencil firm to the project, then I try to brush away from the edges as much as possible, and sometimes I still need to touch up here and there when I remove the stencil. After the paint has dried thoroughly, I go back and lightly sand across the entire surface of my project to knock down any rough spots and smooth it out. I seal with wax. Hope this helps!

  20. Lovely!