Last year I bought a box of silverware at Goodwill for $20.00. I know, I know… well over my limit. But it was FULL of beautiful silverware!
I removed the “innerds” of the box, including the velvet lining. I scraped and sanded the glue and remnants of the lining.
I sanded the outside of the box, readying it for primer.
I used primer on the both the inside and the outside.
I painted the box with Rustoleum Heirloom White. I then painted the top of the box with Krylon chalkboard paint.
I made some of these fabric memo boards last year out of fabric and cardboard. This pink one was large, and it was made to hang. I also made a smaller blue one that I made to be magnetic and hang on the refrigerator. It fit the inside (top) of this box perfectly from side to side. However it was not quite long enough.
I had a small piece of cork board that I bought last fall at a yard sale for .10 cents. I also had some leftover fabric from the blue magnetic memo board.
I used the Elmers Craft Bond to permanently adhere the fabric to the cork board.
I also used the Elmers Craft Bond to attach the memo board to the inside (top) of the box. Here’s where it gets interesting! I hung the box on the wall, the top of the box now becomes the door to a memo organizer!
I attached some small pieces of wood so that I could screw in some hooks for keys, etc.
I also put in a a small shelf in the middle. I installed a little “lip” on the shelf and the bottom of the cabinet. This lip will help keep items from falling out of the cabinet.
The four buttons on the corners are purely decorative. That is the original cardboard memo board. The dark blue piece at the bottom is the cork board I covered with the Elmers craft bond.
Whenever you use chalkboard paint, you have to “prime” the surface to accept chalk.
I used a thumbtack and a magnet for a closure.
You can see that there are many pockets to hold trinkets or important papers/business cards, etc. And the bottom is cork, so I included two pushpins made out of buttons to match the buttons on the original memo board.
I glued on a painted Scrabble tile holder to hold the chalk.
Thinking “outside the box” , silverware box that is!
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