Plain Thrift Shop Wood Box Up-cycled with Chalk Paint, Stencils and Metal Catch

March 04, 2018

When I found this wooden box at the thrift shop, I really had no idea what its original use was.

The wooden box is the second item from my recent thrift shop finds post to get an up-cycle.

Never stained or painted, with two small shiny brass colored hinges in back.

My first step was to paint the exterior of the box with one coat of Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Latex Paint in Flat Black.  This will be the base coat.

Next, I painted the box exterior with two coats of Chalked Paint in Chiffon Cream.  I really like Rustoleum Chalked Paint as a cheaper alternative to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  

I sanded the exterior of the box with 220 grit sandpaper, leaving the black base coat showing on the edges and also in spots on the inner areas.

I painted the interior of the box with two coats of Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in Artifact.

I did not distress the inside of the box.

Thrift Shop Box Upcycled with Stencils, Chalk Paint & a Metal Catch
How did I decorate my newly painted box?  With words and medallions!  Oh, I added a metal catch too.

I used Momenta 4 Medallions Fabric Screen Stencil.  This stencil is also available at Hobby Lobby.

I stenciled the medallions with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Black.

Live, Laugh and Love are from FolkArt Peel and Stick Stencil with happy words.

I stenciled the words with black craft paint as well.

I also added a National / Stanley Hardware Antique Brass Catch.  

I sealed the chalk paint and stencils with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural.

Thrift Shop Box Upcycled with Stencils, Chalk Paint & a Metal Catch
 From thrifted plain wood box to boutique style decor!

Thrift Shop Box Upcycled with Stencils, Chalk Paint & a Metal Catch
 Remember, I also painted the inside of the box with Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in Artifact.

I also stenciled the inside lid with one of the stencils in the FolkArt Paper Stencil Decorative Icons Value Pack and white craft paint.

Thrift Shop Box Upcycled with Stencils, Chalk Paint & a Metal Catch
I filled my box with two faux succulents and a white ironstone pitcher of darning eggs!

Thrift Shop Box Upcycled with Stencils, Chalk Paint & a Metal Catch #upcycle #stencil #woodenbox
I reuse my stencils over and over!  Other projects with these stencils:

Faux Printer's Tray Christmas Decor

Minnesota State Pride Sign

Calendar Frame Re-purposed as a Chalkboard (use chalkboard sheet from big box store) with Folkart Decor Icons stencil.
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Very cute! I like how you painted the inside, as well, so you can decorate with it open or closed.

  2. Very cute, I love all your ideas. But never seem to find comparable junk to use!! Of course I am looking for the same thing.

  3. Carlene:

    I love everything you do! I just finally picked up a cutting board and a simple wood sign to do something with. I also have a couple of wooden siverware boxes. I am good at collecting the stuff; now to do something with it. LOL. Do you sell your items on Etsy or have a store?

    1. I keep a lot of it. Give some to my daughters. Sell a little on a local FB group.

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