Thursday, June 16, 2011

Miscellaneous Box

OK.  Don't judge me for what I am about to show you.  Can anyone relate to the following scene?
This is a little corner in my kitchen which also serves as a little "home office" type area.  Well, I don't know if you can tell, but it wasn't working how I had imagined.  The file system was not working for us, junk piling up, etc.  Ya know.  Well, it's time this area had a makeover!  
It all began with a filing cabinet that a friend gave us.  We were able to put it in the garage, set up files in it, and file away everything that was in the pile and file box.  With that huge black file box gone, I could get to work making this corner cute!!
At our last house, we had a dedicated "junk" drawer (ok, maybe two) in the kitchen to hold pens, pencils, tape, scissors, paper clips, etc.  
Sadly, I don't have any extra drawer space at our current house.  But I still have all the little things floating around that need a home.
Enter: the green box.  I found this baby at Goodwill for around $2.  It is plastic, and an ugly green color, but I knew that could easily be fixed.  I was attracted to the cute lines and the flower detail on the front.

 My current home is very neutral colored.  I love neutrals, but have been feeling like adding more color lately with accessories.  So, I decided on a nice happy yellow for this project.  I had some spray paint left from another project that was perfect!  The Rustoleum 2X coverage is my favorite spray paint!  In order to emphasize the flower and wood grain on the box, I also pulled out some brown glaze.  I like the color "Tobacco" by Ralph Lauren.  I got it at Home Depot a few years ago.  When I bought a whole gallon of this stuff, I didn't realize how such a little bit of it goes a long way.  I will be using this gallon my whole life before I run out!  

Here is how I paint small projects:

I have some free carpet sample squares that I use to protect the ground.  They are great because they don't take up much room to store, and I can use as many or as few as I need.  
Here is the little green box gone yellow!  Lookin' good.

Even better after the glaze is applied.  I love how it brings out the details and gives it dimension.

Now the flower really stands out!!

I will be back to show this little baby in action after a couple other projects are completed.  Let the makeover begin!


  1. That is a great makeover! I love that even plastic looks beautiful with a little skill. I am also loving yellow right now. I need a yellow shirt. Anyway.....

    I am loving the blog already! I love the name, and your writing style and photos are always my favorite to read. Keep it coming! Your projects are fabulous!!

    Love, C

  2. I love the look of the box after the glaze! I am a new follower. I would love it if you came over to Greetings From the Asylum and followed me too! I can't wait to see what you post next!