A Simple Thrift Store Box Looks High End With Stenciling and Plaster


From plain to fancy with paint, a plaster stencil and a plaster mold.
upcycling a thrift store box with stenciling and plaster, crafts, repurposing upcycling
It was pretty beat up but was made of solid wood and was in great shape.And it only cost me $3.00! Ah, a new project for paint and plaster!
upcycling a thrift store box with stenciling and plaster, crafts, repurposing upcycling
The box front had a recessed opening in it so I used a Raised Plaster Stencil with joint compound to create a design on either side of the recess.
upcycling a thrift store box with stenciling and plaster, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I primed the box and cast an ornamental square piece from a plaster mold. Once it was dry, I also primed it. My intention was to place it over the recess to hide it.
upcycling a thrift store box with stenciling and plaster, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I first painted the entire box and ornamental piece a pretty sea green color and then used metallic gold paint on the box trim, plaster stenciling and ornamental plaster piece. I glued it in place over the recess in the box and Tah Dah! What a great new display box for treasures.
This technique can be done on anything that needs a bit of a make over. So don't pass up those treasures in the thrift store! They can be made beautiful with paint and plaster!

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  • Kathleen
    on Jan 30, 2015

    Beautiful job! Great accent piece from nothing to shout about!

  • Katrina Warren
    on Jan 30, 2015

    @Victoria Larsen Stencils What is the difference in a plaster stencil & a regular stencil, or are they basically the same thing?

    • Katrina Warren
      on Jan 30, 2015

      @Victoria Larsen Stencils Thanks for the information, I checked out your web site but since it only shows the result of the stencils I wasn't sure if there was a difference. They definitely add a lot of extra beauty to some projects!

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