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Reclaimed Silverware Chest Table

Are you ready for wonderful DIY inspiration? It’s the second Tuesday of the month which means my blogger friends are joining me for another Trash to Treasure time. woot, woot! While you’ll see their projects in a bit, let’s take a peek at what I have ready for you. This vintage gem is getting new life as a reclaimed silverware chest table. Does that sound fun or maybe crazy? Hang tight and I’ll show you how.

Silverware Chest Before Reclaimed Table Build | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Not only are grandma’s old silverware boxes treasures to behold as they are, but they are also chock full of potential. In the past, I’ve created many things with them, including:

I will say this one is by far the largest one I’ve ever come across and the most unique in finish. Not to mention that the outside has that yellowed paint while the inside has a bright purple.

Purple Felt Lined Silverware Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

However, the coolest part is the extra storage space below the faux bottom.

Hidden Faux Bottom in Reclaimed Silverware Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

BUILDING UP

Isn’t it fun? Along with that, I’ve been itching to make use of these turned legs I have in my stash. Originally, my goal is to use all eight of the legs to create and etagere shelf. When I would design it, I just didn’t get excited about it. So, here I am ready to put four of them to good use.

Antique Turned Legs for Reclaimed Silverware Chest Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In order to take this party to a new level, I need to create a skirt to attach the legs to as well as to the silverware chest. First, I cut scrap to length and then use my pocket joint jig to create pocket joints.

Kreg Pocket Joint Jig for Reclaimed Silverware Chest turned Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Assembling Reclaimed Silverware Chest Storage Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, I use a milk paint to give the entire piece two coats of paint letting cure in between coats.

Painting DIY Reclaimed Silverware Chest Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

NEXT STEPS

Next, while the paint cures, I head out to my workshop to dig out scrap luan (thin plywood) to cut it the same size as the original faux bottom.

Tracing Storage Table Faux Bottom | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, I use a basic white paint to give two coats to the boards so that when I apply fabric the grain doesn’t peek through.

Painting Storage Table Boards Made from Reclaimed Silverware Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As soon as they’re dry, I place the boards paint side down on the uncut remnant fabric I found at the thrift store. I’m smitten with those blue roses!

Cutting Vintage Blue Floral Fabric for DIY Reclaimed Silverware Chest Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodiaglpieces

If you want to see how I line my silverware boxes and the like, you can watch the video demo below or read more in this post HERE.

Video Tutorial of Upcycled Silverware Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

FINISHING TOUCHES

Last, but not least, I use painter’s tape to make stripes across the top. Ooh, la, la! Additionally, you can see how I’ve recently used stripes to add character to this bread box or this French Provincial hutch desk.

Painting Reclaimed Silverware Chest Storage Table Top | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, to finish it all off and give a bit depth, dimension, and protection, I use a white wax.

Applying White Wax to Reclaimed Silverware Chest Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

TRES CHIC!

Finally, here is my reclaimed silverware chest turned storage table with style. oui!

French Chic Storage Table made from a Reclaimed Silverware Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #frenchchic #reclaimed #diy

DIY French Stripe Storage Side Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #shabbychic

DIY French Postage Stamp Stencil for Side Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #treschic #furniture

This little build is fun, stylish, and full of secrets to store your stash. What would you hide away in there?

Fabric Lined Reclaimed Silverware Chest turned Storage Side Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #trashure #furniture #reclaimed

Blue Rose Floral Lined Storage Side Table | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #roses #shabbychic #french

Inside Storage of Reclaimed Silverware Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #homedecor

For me? I might use this bedside to hold my daily essentials on top, and my journal and keepsakes on the bottom. On the other hand, maybe I use it for my sewing goodies with treats tucked below for a mini getaway. Although, I just love it for the whimsy it has. tee hee.

Shabby Chic Side Table with French Graphic by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shabbychic #french #upcycled

Handmade Storage DIY Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #hadnmade #storage #diy

Now, I know y’all better be grabbing those thrifted silverware chests or digging grandma’s out of the closet so you can create your own fun too. With that in mind, if you’d like to make this a part of your home story, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.

  • Vintage Handmade Coconut Husk Basket available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #farmhouse
    Coconut Husk Basket ~ $95

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Furthermore, let’s spread the word to others and inspire them to tackle their own DIY projects. You know it’s fun!

A Reclaimed Silverware Chest is turned into a Storage Side Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #reclaimed #diy

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Vintage Wall Art Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Also, more transformations like my reclaimed silverware chest turned table:

How cute! These repurposed silverware boxes are made into vintage style luggage with a whole lotta DIY fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #crafts #vintage #home #spring #homedecorHow fun! A dilapidated antique empire chest of drawers is repurposed into an upholstered bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | See the DIY at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #homedecor #handmade #upholstery

Comments

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! I couldn’t wait to use those up. Plus, this box was so big it looked like a table! 😀 Thanks, Christy.

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    What a clever idea!! I’ve seen many silver chest makeovers and this is by far my favorite and the most imaginative!! 😍

    • Larissa says

      You just made my day, Rebecca. 😀 I sure had fun with it and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. Thanks so much!

  2. Niki says

    Wow that turned out great!! I never would’ve thought to use it as a table. To be quit honest, when reading I was confused as to how that would even work and if proportionally it would look good. It is a very good size silver box, and for sure it is pleasing to the eye!! That fabric is so delicate looking that it just gives me the grandma vibe in a good way. Great idea for use.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Niki. It definitely is fun to create and let my mind wrap around old to new.

  3. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! Happy New Year! Yes, puppies are alot of work but they are so cute. Enjoy the cuteness while it lasts. This silverware box really turned out amazing.

    • Larissa says

      Yes! Time flies and I keep reminding the kids to savor each and every part of her puppy-ness because it will fly by. Thanks!

  4. Lizzy says

    Wow, what a great idea! It turned out so cute and I really like the color. I’m a sucker for stripes!

    • Larissa says

      You’re so fun, Lizzy! What a blast to get to recreate this and have fun while doing it too. Even better is hearing from you. Thanks!

    • Larissa says

      Yay! Thank you. It’s headed to its new home tomorrow. 😀

  5. mary Capuano-Yates says

    I have 2!!! So in love with your idea!

    • Larissa says

      That’s awesome! They sure are handy to have to repurpose into so many things. My favorite recreation are my luggage boxes, but this one is next in line. 😀 Thanks!

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