Welcome to the first Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge of the year! We took a few months off for the holidays, but now we’re back to share more upcycled thrift ideas! This year we have even more bloggers and TONS of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning. Today I’m sharing a DIY recipe box. You won’t believe the transformation! Here’s what it looked like when I found it at my local thrift store. Can you see the price tag? Only 50 cents!
And the best part was inside. The old recipe dividers were still there. Looks like they were owned by someone who actually did some cooking! Too bad they didn’t leave the recipe cards. I would have loved to have those, too!
We even have a new graphic this year!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Erlene | My Pinterventures Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog Jes | My DIY Envy Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Ali | Home Crafts by Ali Sue | A Purdy Little House Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Denise | My Thrifty House Toni | Small Home Soul Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister
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Supplies for DIY Recipe Box Makeover
- vintage metal recipe box
- DecoArt Chalky Finish, Yesteryear
- white paint
- Iron Orchid Designs Vintage Art Decor Mold
- paper clay
- wood glue
- paint brush
- 7 Gypsies paper, Honeymoon
- DecoArt Decou-Page, Matte
First, make the baroque detail piece by rolling a piece of paper clay in your hands to get it flexible. Brush a little cornstarch onto the mold so the clay won’t stick. Press the clay into the mold. Remove excess. Turn the mold upside down and gently roll the paper clay piece out. It doesn’t need to dry in the mold.
I’m working on a video to show how easy this really is.
Glue onto the front of the recipe box.
Paint the entire box with gray paint. No need to prime if you use a chalk or mineral based paint. Touch up if needed. One coat may do it.
Allow gray paint to dry completely. Dry brush white paint very lightly over the entire box.
Now for the inside, trace around the bottom of the box on the scrapbook paper and cut a little smaller to fit in the top and bottom. Brush on a thin coat of decoupage medium, apply paper, and brush another thin coat on top.
If you liked this DIY recipe box, check out all the other AMAZING upcycled projects!
Thanks for reading about my DIY recipe box! Let me know what you think about the molds. I’m also linking to these parties.
‘Til the next project,