Trash to Treasure - How I Re-purposed an Old Silverware Box
I love wooden boxes and when I ran across this wooden silverware box, I decided it could be used as a stationary box or storage for our remote controls. However, it didn't fit with my decor so I decided it needed a makeover. If you enjoy before and after makeover’s, you may want to click here!
I began by removing all the hardware and storing the reusable pieces to the side.
This was a fairly easy step although a little dusty.
The inside of the box wasn't solid wood and the residue of glue had left it undesirable. You never know what you might find under all that felt.
I filled the holes, where the plate was screwed to the top, with some wood filler. Once that was dry, I gently sanded this area until it was smooth using a fine grit sanding block.
I decided to reuse the side handle hardware. These pieces were rusty, so I sprayed them with a coat of Rust-Oleum Gloss Black Spray Paint.
I painted the exterior of the box with 2 coats of Old White Chalk Paint, and after the paint dried, I sanded the edges with a fine grit sanding block. Then I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax to seal the paint. For information on painting and sealing with wax, click here.
I had originally thought I would paint the inside! Since the insides of the box were not smooth and the finish was undesirable, I decided to add old torn hymnal pages to cover the rough interior. This was just something I had on hand and didn’t have to go buy. This step would work and would look very nice with any extra wall paper, lovely stationary, magazine pages, etc.
I used mod podge to adhere the torn music pages to the interior of the box. After the pages were dry, I applied another coat of mod podge over the surface to seal the pages and give it a smooth finish.
I ordered replacement drawer pulls and a label holder pull from D. Lawless Hardware. The label holder drawer pull for decorative purposes only. I used card stock to make a label and hand lettered the word Cards.
I decided to use this box for storing my stationary, stamps and other office supplies. I'll be interested in hearing how you use your re-purposed box.
Re-purposing furniture is one of my favorite projects. Check out this fun makeover.