I’ve got another thrift store find makeover to share with you. I know that we all access recipes on line, but I still love having printed recipes. I’ve got lots of recipes printed out and they’ve been crammed into one of my kitchen drawers. I’ve been on the lookout for a box that would be the right size. I found one recently at Goodwill that was just right, plus, it already had a coastal look to it, but it needed a makeover. Now, it looks great in my kitchen.
I’m not sure if this was someone’s DIY project or if it was originally purchased with the mirrored look. Either way, I knew I wanted to cover up the mirror pieces and change the colors. The broken star fish had to go, too. It was easy to change this into a Coastal Recipe Box that matches my decor.
The first thing I did was to add a coat of white paint. I used Apple Barrel White. Then I sanded the blue parts to give a distressed look.
I bought a bag of crushed sea shells at JoAnn’s using a 40% off coupon.
I used white craft glue over the painted mirror pieces and spread the crushed shells over them. As the shells were drying, I realized that the navy blue and the shells were not a good match.
I used Apple Barrel Cloudless for a better match.
I continued gluing the crushed shells down the front of the box. I let it sit for about five minutes and then shook off the excess shells that didn’t adhere. I filled in any blank spots with a few more shell pieces.
The interior of the box was looking well used, so I gave it a quick coat of white paint, too.
It makes a pretty decor piece on my kitchen counter as well as a functional recipe box.
It’s large enough to hold both printed sheets and recipe cards. The box was $1.99 and with a coupon, the shells were only a few dollars, plus I have lots of them left for some other project. I think this Coastal Recipe Box fits in nicely!
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Beverly shares easy, inexpensive craft tutorials, diy projects for the home, coastal decor projects, & thrift store find makeover projects all designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget.