Hi there, my Kenarry friends! It’s Robin from A Home To Grow Old In, and I’m back today to share with you one of the easiest ways to make a decorative box to organize and store small items around your home. I have these boxes all over my home, and I just realized I’ve never written about them. I think it’s because they are so simple to make and easy to customize to your own style and decor that it just never occurred to me to tell people about it.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- wooden craft box (you can also find a great selection in the craft stores)
- small screwdriver
- wood filler
- wood craft sticks (optional)
- tack cloth
- cabinet pull or knob or some other small decorative item for the top
Here’s how my box started out…
These inexpensive wooden boxes come in several different sizes and shapes. Most craft stores have a good selection, and you can usually use a coupon on them!
The first thing I did was to remove both the latch from the front and hinges from the back of the box with a small screwdriver. I did not reuse the hinges on my box because I wanted to be able to take the top of the box completely off when finished. I used a heavy drawer pull on top of my box, and I was concerned that the weight would make the box fall over with the hinges. If you want to reuse the hinges, make sure to put them, along with their screws, somewhere you won’t lose them.
Fill the holes left from the screws with wood filler. You do not need to fill the holes from the hinges if you are reusing them.
Let the wood filler dry, and then sand the box really well with 100 grit sandpaper. I don’t worry about sanding the insides of the boxes.
Since I did not reuse the hinges on my box, I cut pieces of craft sticks (you can use tin snips or a cutting pliers to cut the pieces), just slightly taller than the lid and glued them onto the middle of each side. This keeps the lid in place when the box is closed.
You’re almost ready to paint, but just before you do, make sure to get all the dust off by vacuuming it and wiping it off with a tack cloth (which is just a sticky cloth that catches any dust left behind after the vacuum).
Once your box is cleaned up, you can paint it. I used a gloss spray paint this time, but in the past, I’ve also used chalk paint and slightly distressed the box with sandpaper. They both look beautiful. It just depends on the look you’re going for.
Finally, once the box dried, I drilled some holes in the top of my box and screwed in this beautiful feather drawer pull that I found. If you are reusing the hinges, you can put those back on once your box is dry.
I’m using this decorative box to organize all of the remotes we have laying around our family room!
This decorative box is the perfect size to stash all those small things you don’t know what to do with…I’ve got one on an entry table to hide my husband’s wallet and keys, another that holds DVDs and video games that we’ve removed from their cases and put in sleeves, and one that contains all my nail polish. I truly use them all over my house and have them each decorated differently! You can see below that I’ve used agate slices and jewelry to top them, but I also have a couple that are covered in marble contact paper and wrapping paper. The great thing about them is that you start off with a plain box and you can let your imagination go wild with the decor possibilities!
Do you have any areas of your home that could use a decorative box like this? How would you decorate yours?
If you love to DIY and craft, here’s a few other posts from A Home To Grow Old In that you may be interested in.
Robin is a home decor and DIY blogger at A Home To Grow Old In that lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and 2 young boys. She moved into a 90 year old Tudor-style home in 2015 after spending the last several years in Bangkok, Thailand. While there, she had an opportunity to attend culinary school and enjoys sharing many of her favorite recipes on her blog. Robin’s days are spent enjoying time with her boys that are growing up too fast or making over rooms in her home by refinishing furniture she already owns or repurposing things that she finds.