Thrift Shop Hinged Box Upcycle with Paint and Stencils

I found this little box at the thrift shop last week for $2.99.

The finish is very scratched and etched with names.

The entire inside is lined with metal, so it wasn't a jewelry box.

I think it would make a great desktop box for mail or envelopes or desktop supplies.


After cleaning up the box with soap and water, I painted it inside and out with Zinsser Water Base Primer White.   Some of these older stains and varnishes bleed through chalk paint.

Next I brushed on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  Old White is my very favorite Annie Sloan color.  I use it a lot for items I plan to keep for my own use.

After the chalk paint dried, I sized up my buffalo check stencil from *Old Sign Stencils on the box lid.

I just love this stencil!

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I used Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Trail Tan for the buffalo check pattern.  I think it is close to the color of burlap.

Thrift Shop Wooden Box Upcycle with Paint & Stencils #buffalocheck #stencil #oldsignstencils #vintage #woodenbox
The inside is clean and painted, and I faux distressed the edges of the lid and box bottom with the FolkArt Layering Wood Block and Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Walnut Noyer.

I still love the layering block!

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The B monogram Artminds stencil is from Michael's.  

I stenciled the monogram with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Black.  I used Dreamweaver stencil brushes for my project.

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I sealed the paint and stenciling with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.  

It's cheaper than Annie Sloan Clear Wax, and I think, easier to use.

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Everything is BETTER with buffalo checks!
*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous products are my own.

Thrift Shop Wooden Box Upcycle with Paint & Stencils #buffalocheck #stencil #oldsignstencils #vintage #woodenbox

Thrift Shop Wooden Box Upcycle with Paint & Stencils #buffalocheck #stencil #oldsignstencils #vintage #woodenbox
This box will join other projects I recently completed for my desk and desk hutch:

Vintage Thrifted Bookend Upcycle #upcycle #stencil #oldsignstencils #buffalocheck

Vintage Globe Bookend Upcycle #vintage #stencil #globebookend #globe

Thrifted Wooden Desk Tray Upcycle #upcycle #stencil #damask #thriftshopmakeover #stencil






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6 comments

  1. The transformation is really cute. I love all the different looks you're getting from that one buffalo check stencil. Everything always turns out great.

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  2. Wow, nicely done! I adore the finishes. :)
    ~ Christina in SW FL

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  3. Beautiful! I REALLY need to get one of those buffalo checks stencils!
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  4. I agree with Pam! That little tree caught my attention...did you make it too? Always love getting your emails with new projects. Thanks!

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  5. I love that buffalo checks stencil as well. You really know how to use paint and stencils to transform so many things.

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  6. Love the box re-do. I have a wooden jewelry organizer belonging to my teenage grand-daughter that needs a paint job to wipe out the fairies on it. This is a perfect idea. Especially like the colors and the initial stencil.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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