Painted Wooden Storage Boxes


Do you wander around Goodwill too, spying any kind of potential-treasure and dreaming of how you can make it prettier or more useful again?  Then you’re my kind of shopping buddy.  🙂

Little wooden storage boxes like these are pretty easy to find at thrift stores and yard sales. You can easily upcycle them with paint and even add decorative touches like image transfers, decoupage, or stenciling.  You can also sell them in your booth or market space without taking up much room at all.  Here’s how I decided to update these two boxes…

1. Bamboo Tea BoxDIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

This little bamboo box was very plain outside.  Open it up and there’s a removable grid inside for holding tea bags, or take it out and you could hide remotes, keys, anything else in there you want to keep out of sight.  (By the way, it smells ah-mazing inside like delicious tea!)

DIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

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First I painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  It was still too plain so I added part of a pot-sized French image transfer (available Here) which was super easy.  Then I brushed some Fusion Mineral Tough Coat (available Here) over it for protection.

*Read THIS post for how simple it is to add this kind of graphic transfer to furniture or decor.

DIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

So much prettier than the light wood finish from before.DIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

I did leave the inside unpainted but you could choose to paint yours or even decoupage paper inside for a sweet surprise.

DIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

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2. Little Storage Box with DrawersDIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

I just love the look of this little storage box with drawers.  I have two of them and have only painted one so far, but I forgot to take a photo of it before – so the photo above is very slightly different from the one I painted below.

This one is painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre, then I sanded it all over for a worn, distressed look.

DIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

I just love how it looks now.

DIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

This is also a good way to add littles to your antique booth or vintage market space without it costing much money or taking up too much of your time.

Here’s a handy dandy before/after comparison of these painted wooden storage boxes:

DIY thrifted painted wooden storage boxes. By Girl in the Garage

I have a couple more wooden boxes I need to update… I’ll let you know what I decide to do with them!  What are your favorite ideas for updating boxes like these?  I’d love for you to leave a comment below and let me know.  🙂

Jen


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8 Comments on Painted Wooden Storage Boxes

  1. Jan Cole
    July 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm (4 months ago)

    I love what you do–and how you do it! I also like that you share so much of “how to do it”. Your website is awesome and you radiate love and caring. Keep up the great work…I’ve followed you for a couple of years; done several things, but never said thank you. So…THANK YOU!!

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    • Jen
      July 25, 2017 at 6:47 pm (4 months ago)

      Jan, your sweet comment really made my day – thank YOU so much!!! 🙂

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  2. Mary Kaiser
    July 25, 2017 at 6:58 pm (4 months ago)

    I Love your little boxes, they are so cute. I haven’t done anything with mine yet, waiting for a great idea to come along, may have to try what you did on yours. Looking forward to seeing what you do to others. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  3. Dixie Lee
    July 26, 2017 at 6:25 am (4 months ago)

    Line the inside of the tea boxes with a little velvet, and you have a nice posh jewelry box~

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    • Jen
      July 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm (4 months ago)

      Great idea! Thanks Dixie Lee 🙂

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  4. Marie
    July 26, 2017 at 11:43 am (4 months ago)

    Oh me too, Jen. The shelves are always full of them and they can be updated so easily. Love how you updated yours. Thanks for the reminder that I MUST try those IOD Transfers. Pinned
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  5. nancy
    July 26, 2017 at 4:43 pm (4 months ago)

    I wish I could shop at your Goodwill. The one in Novato, CA used to have wonderful buys on furniture and all sorts of bits and pieces that begged to be repurposed. But about two years ago they switched over to mostly clothes and other apparel. Hard to find anything that screams “Buy Me” anymore. 🙁

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    • Jen
      July 27, 2017 at 11:37 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh that stinks. 🙁 I have several different thrift stores I visit, so if one doesn’t have anything good, another usually does. But it’s hit and miss sometimes!

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