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Hello friends! I am so excited to be joining another thrift store transformation event and I am particularly proud of how my little thrift store farmhouse box turned out. I love finding little treasures at thrift stores and making them into something new and improved. The best thing is that most of what I used to give this box a makeover I already had on hand, and it also goes really well with my thrift store lamp that I remade not too long ago, so it was a win-win!
So next time you need a cute storage box check out your local thrift store and as long as it is made of a good material and is in great shape you can customize it to whatever you like!
And if you are just tuning in, here is a quick overview of this thrift store challenge and what it’s all about.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled – Yami | The Latina Next Door
Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home – Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister – Jeanie | Create and Babble
Gail | Purple Hues and Me – Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Denise | My Thrifty House – Sue | A Purdy Little House
Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Michelle | Michelle James Design
Thrift Store Farmhouse Box
So, for this thrift store challenge I decided to makeover this little box I got from Goodwill for only $1.91.
Here are the supplies I used:
- White chalk paint (I used this one)
- Home Decor Parisian Grey Chalk Paint
- Matt Stewart Tilled Soil Vintage Decor Paint
- 180 Grit Sandpaper Sheets
- White wax (I used this one)
- Small inexpensive artist brushes
- Wax brush – here is my favorite inexpensive one that I used in this tutorial and on these shelves
- Old rag
- Painter’s tape
- Wood Glue
- Mini Adhesive Felt Pads
Yeah, it was pretty sad looking and I wasn’t too fond of the color, but I had a great plan in mind for it.
First, I removed that hideous metal flower.
Next I wiped down the box and began painting it with white chalk paint.
I applied 3 coats total.
Then I sanded it down and distressed the box and lid a little.
After I did that I added painter’s tape and began painting the taped area with the tilled soil chalk paint.
The white wax added more “streaks” to the paint. I kept my strokes light while painting.
I removed the tape and let it dry.
While I waiting for the paint to dry I took a couple of wood pieces (a circle medallion along with this leftover finial from my DIY Christmas ornaments ) and glued them together with wood glue, placing the finial in the center.
I stained them with Minwax Special Walnut stain.
Then added the same white wax I used on the box to age it as well. I made sure to wipe off the excess that way it wasn’t too white.
Once that dried I used wood glue to adhere it onto the center of the lid.
Then when that dried I added my clear wax all over everything and let it dry overnight to seal the paint.
And I was finally done!
While it might have seen like a ton of work, it actually came together pretty quickly since the paint dried so fast.
I did everything in one afternoon (with the exception of letting it dry overnight) and the only thing that I bought for this makeover was the cute circle medallion which only cost $1.99 (more than the box!!!).
It was totally worth it, because I just love how it turned out! Now I just need to figure out what to put inside of it.
What did you think of my little thrift store farmhouse box transformation? I would love to hear your thoughts below!
And if you liked this, don’t forget to pin it below and keep for future reference!
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!