from splinter to… Splendid

Flatware Box to Jewelry Box

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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This flatware box had seen better days. With a little work it turned out very cute. Even though I am calling it a “jewelry box”, it could be used for many things. It would be beautiful on a coffee table storing all the tv remotes.

I started by tearing out the insides. When they glue in the velvet liners they do not spare any glue. I ended up scraping it with a paint scraper and then I had to use my sander to get final parts of it. This was the hard part!

Next, I sanded the top a little to get out a few rough spots in the wood. Then, I cleaned it up to paint it. I used Valspar Kid’s Glove Chalk Paint and added 3 coats. At this point, I decided it needed something else so I added the “feet”. These are simply rectangle cut pieces of wood approximately 3/4 inches thick, 2 inches wide and 3 inches long. I had to sand one of them down so that it wasn’t wobbly (Wobbly things make me crazy!). I then glued them on with wood glue and let it dry for several hours. Once the glue was dry, I painted the feet. I then distressed on the inside and outside. I added 2 coats of Annie Sloan wax.

I had to make the inside pretty so I mod podged craft paper in the inside top and bottom. To do this, I first had to cut my paper to size. You cannot overlap the paper or you will notice the crease in it when it is finished. I painted (with a small foam brush) the bottom with mod podge and then lightly painted the paper with mod podge and glued it in. I used a small plastic scraper to get out all the papers. You have to be cautious when doing this or you will tear the paper. I repeated this for the paper in the top. I let it dry for a couple of hours and then painted a very light coat of mod podge on top of the paper. Make sure to get all the edges good but do not overdo it on mod podge. If you have never tried this I would strongly suggest practicing on a scrap piece of wood. Here are close ups of the craft paper I used. Not to fancy, more country/rustic.

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I wanted to finish it with a glass knob so I drove to one of my favorite junk stores to get one. My lesson learned that day, do not over tighten glass knobs, they do break. The next day I stopped in Home Depot and bought another one. It finished it off with a nice added touch.

And now it is SPLENDID!

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18 Comments

  1. JaneEllen

    You did wonderful job on this box, it looks great, not too much fussing with decorations, just right. I have to watch myself or get too enthusiastic with decorating something. Would love for my box to turn out at least 1/2 as nice as yours.
    My box has two levels, was box to store coins in hubs never used. Is pretty nice box for jewelry but at time didn’t want big box to go thru to find piece I wanted. Not sure I do now but want to fix up box now that have seen yours.
    Could give our daughter the box for Christmas. You sure have inspired me, now to get my lazy self busy doing something constructive. Sure glad you shared this, enjoy rest of week.

    Reply
    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you! I was trying to keep in neutral so it could be used anywhere in the house. At one point I thought it was to plain but I sometimes go one more step and then wish I had left it alone. I’m glad I stopped on this one. Have a great day!
      Mandy

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  2. Betsy

    What a difference a little paint and some pretty paper can make. It’s not easy getting the velvet out of these boxes, but you stuck with it and did a great job transforming it. Thanks for sharing your box at Talk of the Town.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thanks Betsy!
      Mandy

      Reply
  3. Kelly

    I love what you did with the flatware box. Great idea to use it as a jewelry box, or for tv remotes.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

      Reply
  4. Pamela Smith

    I have one of these boxes too! I was just looking at it last night, and thinking I really should do something with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Glad I inspired you. Thanks for taking the time to see it.
      Mandy

      Reply
  5. Katrin

    What a lovely jewelry box, I love how it turned out! The inside is also so pretty!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You!
      Mandy

      Reply
  6. Brooke of Passport Couture

    What a great idea of re-purposing this! I love the craft paper designs you used. I can imagine that scraping out the velvet must have taken a lot of your patience.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you. Some projects definitely test my patience.
      Mandy

      Reply
  7. Sharon@BlueWillowHouse

    You are so right your beautifully redone flatware box could serve several purposes. You must be very patience to remove all of the insides. Great job. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thanks!
      Mandy

      Reply
  8. Rebecca West

    How pretty! I love the fabric inlay you chose! Thanks for linking up with us at Welcome Home Wednesdays, can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You!
      Mandy

      Reply
  9. Ashleigh

    This is awesome! You did a great job with the upcycle on this!

    Thanks for sharing at Peace, Love, Linkup! The next party kicks off tomorrow at 6! Hope to see you there : )

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank You. I will definitely link up tomorrow night. The party is growing quick. Good job!
      Mandy

      Reply

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