Upcycled Goodwill Treasure Chest Box Upcycle & 15 More Box Makeovers

April 27, 2021


Photo of small unpainted wooden treasure chest

My daughters picked up this unfinished, hinged, treasure chest shaped box at Goodwill in the Twin Cities.

It needs some paint, and probably stencils or decor transfers!

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Photo of the side of a wooden treasure chest
This is the side view of the box.

Photo of gray stained wooden treasure chest
My first step was to stain the box, inside and out, with Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain in Briarsmoke.

This was also my first mistake.  The stain did not look anything like the sample or the picture on the can. 

In the above photo, some of the stain had been wiped off with mineral spirits.  The stain covered like paint with no wood grain showing through.

Photo of treasure chest painted in Drop Cloth

I left the inside with gray stain, and painted the exterior of the box with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth.  It took three coats to cover the dark stain completely.

Photo of gray stained interior of treasure chest

Photo four decor transfers from Redesign with Prima
I then pulled out a new tube of decor transfers from Redesign with Prima, Spring Flowers.

Spring Flowers is a four piece transfer.  I cut out the area in the gray rectangle above to add to the front of my box.

Photo of a scrolly stencil being added to the side of a wooden box

I did a combination of swirling and pouncing to add the stencil with Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.  These cheaper stencils are fragile and I had some trouble with small parts moving while swirling.

Photo of a scrolly stencil added to the side of a box
This is the design added to each side.  The box was sealed with Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray Wax.

Photo of Goodwill Treasure Chest painted and decorated with stencils and decor transfers
I did not distress this piece.  I think the detail is already quite distinctive.

Photo of painted, stenciled and decorated wooden treasure chest
I love how it turned out.

Photo of treasure chest painted off white with stencils and decor transfers

Other wooden box makeovers (all photos have a link below them to click for details):
Photo of upcycled Goodwill heart cutout box
heart cutout box from Goodwill upcycled around Valentine's Day.

Photo of thrift shop box upcycled with paint and a Swiss Cross stencil
primitive wooden box was painted and stenciled as a planter box.

Photo of two thrifted boxes painted and stenciled as Christmas decor
These two Christmas boxes received their makeover in 2020 with stencils from Old Sign Stencils.

Photo of a wooden recipe box painted and striped with Frog Tape
This recipe box got a stripe decor makeover for display.

Photo of table organizer painted and stenciled with a monochromatic floral stencil pattern
This organizer box had such neat brass corners and a fun tag, I painted it and gave it an all over floral monochromatic stencil.

Photo of a thrifted wooden box upcycle with Christmas stencils
This Christmas box was decorated with Christmas shipping stencils and a plaid decor transfer.  More stencils from Old Sign Stencils.

Small craft shop boxes upcycled with paint and snowflake stencils
These snowflake boxes were unfinished and free boxes from my aunt.

Photo of thrifted wooden box upcycled with paint, a Merry Christmas stencil, and drawer pulls.
This Christmas box had both a Hobby Lobby stencil and Hobby Lobby drawer pulls.

Photo of a cheese box repurposed as a side table
This cheese box table was transformed into a side table with Hobby Lobby hairpin legs.

Photo of a cheese box repurposed as a side table
This cheese box also became a table with legs from Hobby Lobby. The buffalo check and coffee stencils are from Old Sign Stencils.

Photo of a wooden box upcycled as a decor display piece
This was an unfinished, thrifted box that was decorated inside and out to become a display piece.

Photo of a cigar humidor upcycled with paint and stencils
This box was a humidor. I still have some issues with mahogany bleed through on this one in a couple spots.   I use it for storage on my desk.

Photo of a wooden desk tray upcycled with paint and a stencil
This in box was a plain ugly desk tray until it received a fun makeover.  I also use this on my desk.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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