Hi guys. I hope you’re having a great day! Well, have a quick DIY to share. I saw this on a wonderful blog, Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer. Aren’t these absolutely gorgeous!!?!??!??
As soon as I saw the pictures, I knew I had to try it. I’m not sure if I’ve divulged this before, but I love to browse Goodwill for discarded treasures. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found uber-expensive name brand clothing with the tags still on! So I took a few hours to go treasure hunting a few weeks ago and would you believe that I found one of these?!?!! I was SOOOOO excited to get started. It took a while to sit down and plan out what I wanted to do, because I wasn’t even sure that I’d find the box, so I hadn’t planned yet! So, it took me a while but I think it came out well for someone who had to backtrack and come up with a plan. Here are some before pics:
I got to gutting. It looked like this: (Pretty Eeew if you ask me!)
I got some basic paint and gave it a good once over.
Ummmm….no dice. Time for coat 2. Looks more promising.
Oh yeah, that’s better! Hmmm…should I use a clear sealer? Probably. Who knows what it’ll end up being used for? Anything from jewelry to glassware to pencils knowing me! Ok, next was lining it. I wanted to line it with drawer liner, but I kept finding crazy colors. I know I’d gotten the drawer liner before, but kept going to stores & not finding it. I had an old piece of liner, but it wasn’t big enough. I remembered that I had some contact paper so I decided to go with that. I wanted something that I could wipe down if it got dirty or wet and could be covered or ripped out if need be. So felt or fabric wasn’t a good option and painting required too much perfection underneath. So contact paper it was.
I also decided to add some unique details to add more class. I went with some leftover ribbon that coordinated with the chairs in my office. I took some spray adhesive & coated the back of the ribbon and applied it to either end of the box. If you’ve never tried this stuff, give it a shot. It works miracles on some of the most unusual projects!
Here’s how it looks while it was drying. I just have a few edges to trim and I’m done!
THE FINAL PRODUCT:
I am just in love with it. I will use it for surplus jewelry for now, but it’ll make a great piece for the upcoming store. I’ll be sure to announce the grand opening (& probably quite a bit about it before) when we do!
*Hindsight is 20/20. Here’s some things I would’ve done differently:
- Cut the lining as one big long rectangle that will cover the inside top, hinge & inside bottom.
- Use the original liner I was looking for. Because the contact paper already had glue, it was a bit trickier than if it didn’t.
- Trim using a box cutter, not scissors. Even though you can glide the scissors (like when cutting wrapping paper) it still left a little to be trimmed.
- Paint the hardware! I completely forgot. Now I’m at the bring of not caring. Maybe it’s the fumes.
- Done this project ages ago! It turned out so nice that I know I’ll get another box and revamp it! Maybe rhinestone trim next time. Or faux croc skin. Or pad the top! So many options…
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. I had a ball! Now off to my next set of projects.
Here are some more upcoming DIYs. Would you like to see how I’ll transform these too? Just let me know & I’ll keep you posted!