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Not too long ago, while out thrifting, I found about six cigar boxes and this cheese box. The cigar boxes immediately went to the booth but the cheese box was waiting for a new look. So how to update a cheese box and make it pretty is the project for this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge.
I was in the midst of painting the vintage table with Old Fashioned Milk Paint and happened to glance over and saw the box. I had some of the paint left over and decided using this paint is the perfect look for the box. The first layer of paint is Driftwood and the final coat is buttermilk.
Since I am an Old Fashioned Milk Paint Brand Blogger I am enjoying finding new ways to use this wonderful product. I love the effect of the Old Fashioned Milk Paint. The way the paint looks so chippy and natural. The only thing I did before painting the box is to sand the rough areas.
When I was going back and forth to Hobby Lobby for the clock mechanism I bought the Farmer’s Market Stencil. To me, it is the best way to make the cheese box pretty. And when you lift the lid off the box what will you see? A pretty burlap lining the on the inside.
To line it I just cut a piece of material a little longer and wider than the sides. Iron the top edge down. Snip the bottom edge so it follows the curve of the box. Then use Mod Podge, brush it on the sides, attach the material and brush more on the front of the burlap. Use clothes pins to make sure the material stays put. Apply more Mod Podge to places that may need it.
For the bottom of the box, I used it as the template. I drew the circle a little larger so I could iron the edge. Clip all around the circle and the fabric will lay nicely. Spread the Mod Podge on the bottom and place the circle in the box. Then apply the Mod Podge on top.
Now back to the stencil. I mixed up craft paint to match the blue in the burlap. I poured a dollop of blue velvet in the plastic tray, then a bit of black and Spring Sky which is a light blue. It matches the color. I can’t tell you how I know to do that but I do.
At first, I only taped down the stencil and the paint seeped under. Use the stencil spray. I started out with the pouncing brush but quickly switched to the stencil brush.
The stencil spray left a little residue so I sanded the top and then waxed the box with clear wax.
I found another cheese box and I think I have a new interest. What do you think of this thrifty project and how to update a cheese box and make it pretty?
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