For this month’s Thrift Store Decor project, I’m doing a large trinket box makeover. Maybe I should have titled it Why I don’t Use Wax on DIY Projects. More about that later.
This is our Thrift Store Day, be sure to check out all the projects below.
I got a pretty good deal on this oversized silver box. It’s nothing special, in fact I think it’s covered with silver paper.
See what I mean about getting a good deal? This is the original tag on the bottom of the box.
Clean thrift store projects
First, it’s very important to dust and or clean thrift store projects before painting. I used my favorite shop dust brush.
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Easy Spray Paint Project
In the middle of winter, I was looking for a little bit of color. So I chose this bright Seaside paint by RustOleum. When spray painting, I find that several light coats work best. Don’t forget to read the directions for recoating times. There’s a window of opportunity—if you wait too long, it may be 24 hours before you can do more coats.
Do you love the bright color? I do, but for this trinket box I wanted to bring out the details.
Why I Don't Use Wax on Furniture
Although I like the look of dark wax on furniture and craft projects, I do not like all the work. That is why I prefer using my favorite Smoked Glaze instead of dark wax.
Here’s a short video showing how easy it was to glaze this thrift store project!
How much glaze do I use
The amount of glaze used is very minimal. That is why this stuff lasts forever. If you have more questions about glazing projects and furniture see my article How To Glaze painted Furniture.
Can you see the difference of the before and after glaze image? In full disclosure, I actually tried using some old Rub-n-Buff (ebony) and it didn’t work at all. It’s time to stock up on new colors.
Blue Glazed Trinket Box
I love, love, love the way the thrift store trinket box turned out! Now, it’s time to check out projects from my friends.
Large Trinket Box Makeover from My Repurposed Life (you are here)
Fixing Up a Broken Birdhouse with Barnwood from Sadie Seasongoods
Vintage Wall Pocket Organizer from House Of Hawthornes
Bling Bottles from Petticoat Junktion
Stripe Painted Tray from Domestically Speaking
Wooden Step Stool Makeover from Refresh Restyle
Farmhouse Apron Hook from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Pedestal Makeover from Our Southern Home
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
I loved the original silver but this transformation is pretty, too. Thanks for the tutorial on glazing. I'll have to try it!
I wanted to glaze for years, but I never really knew what to use. I was thrilled when I found this Rust-o-leum product. I hope you find it as fun as I do.
I love that Seaside color and the video was great!
Thank you Kathy. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but video really explains how easy it is to glaze!
That box is amazing, the details are gorgeous. I love the new color!
I appreciate your kind comment Kristin! I thought the color was great, but just a touch bright. 😉
So beautiful! I love how the details pop with the glaze!
I can't stop glazing! 😉
Love the detail on that box and blue is just gorgeous!
Thanks Maryann! gotta love paint, eh? (and glaze!!)
What a great transformation! I love the ease of a glaze. i agree....waxing is so much work!
I'm so over waxing! Too much work for me. The different looks I can get with this glaze amazes me.
looks fresh and bright!
Happy to have you back after the holidays. What happened to you price range from $0-$5?
Thanks for welcoming me back Jennie! You caught me! I guess I had a few extra bucks in my pocket that day. Or maybe I got a really good deal on something else and it averaged out? hehehehe