Thrift Shop Heart Cutout Box Makeover

January 25, 2021
My daughters picked up some thrift shop items for me after Christmas at a Goodwill in the Twin Cities, including this wooden box with heart cutout handles.

Normally I'm not excited about heart cutout pieces but around Valentine's Day, I usually pick up a few.

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Besides being quite dirty, one corner of the box bottom had a knot hole where most of the knot had broken out.

I gave it a good clean up with hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap water. You can also use Krud Kutter to get a greasy film off of wood pieces.

Next I brushed on a couple of coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Caviar.  

This was done kind of backwards, but I later chose to fill in the knot hole with wood filler.

The screws you see were for the ball knob feet that I added to the bottom of the box.

As you can see the ball feet were an after thought as well so I had to paint the feet and touch up the putty spot inside with my paint again.

I then pulled out a package of paper stencils that I had purchased from Joann Fabrics last year.

The stencils are made by Jillibean Soup and all of the stencils pictured are in the package.

They are relatively inexpensive and will for sure last through a couple of stencilings.

I taped the stencil in place and pounced on the word "together" with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.

I then fixed the stencil bridges.  Here's how.

Many times these cheaper stencil packs have all too obvious stencil bridges.  Filling them in results in a better looking finished product.

Some people use a liner brush and connect the bridges.  I prefer to tape around the opening with blue painters tape, and pounce the bridge closed using a fine stencil brush.

Thrift Shop Heart Cutout Box Makeover
I then waxed the piece with Dixie Belle's Big Mama's Butta.

I applied it with a fiber rag.

Thrift Shop Heart Cutout Box Makeover
My upcycled box can be used as a Valentine's Day decor piece, or an everyday decor piece too.

Thrift Shop Heart Cutout Box Makeover
I staged the box with three red books, and faux potted red roses from Walmart.

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  1. Hello, thanks for sharing this idea! My mom really loves to read and also loves handmade gifts! And it seems to me that she will be more than ever happy with such a gift! Thank you for this idea, I think that I will only make the inscription a little differently, maybe the family will write, but in general, I will leave the black color, which is very effective! And it also seems to me that fruits will be cool in such a basket! Thank you for your work and efforts, you are great!


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