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!
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Supplies for Metal Recipe Box Makeover
- vintage metal recipe box
- DecoArt Chalky Finish, Yesteryear
- white paint
- Iron Orchid Designs Vintage Art Decor Mold – If these are sold out, this style is very similar. And find lots more Baroque style molds HERE.
- paper clay
- wood glue
- 7 Gypsies paper, Honeymoon
- DecoArt Decou-Page, Matte
How to Update the Thrift Store Recipe Box
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.
Here’s the 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 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.
More Thrift Store Makeovers
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.
‘Til the next project,