Are you like me and do a happy dance when flowers return to peek out of the earth with a whole new life ready to bloom? Sigh…spring is definitely a sweet reunion to all my planted companions. Yes, they are my companions and I work hard, my kids too, to make a respite on our city lot. And, because spring is officially around the corner, I’m eager to make a repurposed silverware box into vintage vibin’ decor.
Enter in this dynamic duo. As I mentioned in this previous silverware box post, my friend, Billie, offered them to me for a makeover. If I remember right, the top one belonged to her aunt, and the bottom another family member. What a treat to be gifted these! Look at what’s inside…
The first repurposed silverware box is an Good Housekeeping set that still has a few flatware pieces inside. I favor this box because of the dove-tailed corner design.
However, the second box is by Oneida and has a different design. I love the roses.
*post sponsored by HomeRight (see full disclosure)
Isn’t old flatware awesome? I love to think who’s handled, the stories it heard while set on a dinner table…so many memories, even though they’re not mine.
Well, since I have no need for the boxes as is, it’s time for a repurposed silverware box makeover.
First, I remove the hardware and take out the interior lining and parts. Then, it’s time to break out the tools (remember my motto: #toolsoverjewels!!)
In addition to the shelter, my HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer is set to do the job. Here are my color choices…both seconds paint, but perfect for the job.
To begin, I simply read the manufacturer instructions how to prep for spraying, fill the canister, and practice the spray flow on scrap wood (or cardboard). Then, it’s time to have a blast!
You can see the sprayer in action in this post or in my video demo below.
Next, my repurposed silverware box makeover needs some fine details. I’m adding stripes and a bit of whimsy with these stencils and luggage hardware.
Last, but not least, I chose this fun vintage-y fabric for lining. You can watch my video tutorial how to line a box like this below or see the post HERE.
Finally, after getting lost in adding the details, here are my repurposed silverware boxes into vintage style luggage boxes.
Can you tell I had fun? I can’t wait to get these done. They took hours, but super fun for me and a great stress reliever. And, you know I had to go with stripes. Because what’s vintage luggage without a fun stripe lining?
Also, note the cute luggage tags. I recreated one I found and printed it transfer paper and applied it to two pieces of canvas, then glued them together.
Aren’t the fun? In addition to the yellow, I had to do a green one too. It suits the spring season I so adore.
So, which one for you? I’m partial to both for different reasons. Either way, I had a blast and that’s what this is all about…inspiring you. If you’d like to own either or both, you can find them available in my online shop.
In addition, do pin and share my repurposed silverware boxes to inspire others to give DIY a try.
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Anna M Wientjes says
Wow, what a great idea! I want to tackle my mother’s silverware box. I looks just like the ones you remodeled. Thanks for such useful ideas!
You are most welcome, Anna. My pleasure to share.
Those are absolutely amazing! They look just like little suitcases back in the day! I just can’t say enough about your creativity!
happy dance!! I’m so glad you think so, Susan. Thank you!!
Donna O'Dell says
These look so cute! You have such a great imagination.
I have my Mom’s and my Mother-in-law’s silver and the beautiful boxes! This would be a great way to repurpose the boxes for storage.
What a great treasure to have! Thank you for the love, Donna. Enjoy!
Mother Deer says
I also have a couple of old silverware boxes in my repurposing stash to do something with. I keep staring at them but haven’t found the right inspiration….until now. I love your suitcase look 🙂
I know, right? I’ve done 5 makeovers, so far, and keep trying to come up with more fun DIYs. Thanks!!
Your upcycled silverware boxes look great! I love the fabric you used in the interior as well…. very springy! I am always amazed at your creative ideas! I have a few of those silverware boxes that I may have to redo! A sprayer may make this redo a whole lot easier! Thank you!!
I kept telling myself to stay away from stripes to make it easier lining it up, but I couldn’t resist…obviously. It was actually really easy. woot! Thank you, Ginny.
Cathy Bizri says
Absolutely love the update on the silverware cases. Great job and I look forward to all of your ideas an blog each week. Great idea and thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful and productive day.
I’m so happy to hear it, Cathy! Thank you for the love.
Jean Gay says
I love it so creative. I have so many projects on my spring list I’m not sure where I would start first lol
haha…I hear ya. Time flies…
Mary formerly of the boondocks says
Wow what an amazing transformation!!
I went overboard and I don’t care. haha! Thank you, Mary!
Oh my goodness! You killed it on these! ? SO cute! So many details!
tee hee! That made my day, Becky. Thank you so much!
ColleenB. - Tx. says
Clever idea. I think those are the best make-over flatware boxes I have seen.
A person can tell that you enjoy what you do just buy looking at the hard work you put into your projects and the inspiration that you provide.
I have a couple of flatware boxes that I should be redoing. One I have done a few years ago and it was a perfect fit for our family Bible; just like it was made for it.
Enjoy your day & have a better day tomorrow.
I definitely tend to go overboard because it’s just…so…FUN! Thank you, Colleen. I’m excited to have this idea out of my head. haha. I love that you found the perfect fit too!
Rebecca - NC says
Oh my goodness!!! Those are amazing!!!!!! I really don’t know where you find the time to do all that you do…. you must be asleep before your head hits the pillow!! Thank you for all the hard work that inspires and entertains!!! ?
Renee Pedersen says
These are absolutely adorable! They would be a lovely addition to any homey interior to make any traveler feel welcome. For the life of me, I don’t know how you get all these projects done! You must be Wonder Woman in disguise! Great job as always!
I literally worked like a fiend on these even sick over the weekend. I had a vision and didn’t want to stop short. Thanks so much!
Your creative mind always amazes me. I wish I had just an iota of your talents. Thanks for another great post. Those suitcases are perfect.
You’ve made me smile from ear to ear, Judy. Thank you!
Kara Mellett says
Neat project! I have some outdoor pieces, small furniture and pots, that I’d tackle with the Homeright Quick finish sprayer1 Fabulous giveaway and thanks for a chance at winning!
Charlene LaBarr says
I just love that idea for the silverware boxes. I would definitely try that! They make the sweetest little luggage inspired decorative pieces! Thank you for sharing…your projects are always amazing!
Thanks! And who couldn’t use cute storage, right? 😉
Susie Wilcox says
I have two of these silverware boxes ( mother’s and grandmother’s. I never thought about repurposing them ! They are just sitting in the China cabinet. I may need to get them out and get busy. These Wagner products would be so useful for a fun redo! Thanks for all your step-by-step instructions. So useful to me.
That’s the spirit, Susie! They offer so many possibilities.
Charlene LaBarr says
I forgot to mention what project I would tackle with the Homeright Quick Finish Sprayer. The first project I would tackle are the front doors on my kitchen cabinets that are in desperate need of refinishing. Thank you and Homeright for the giveaway!
The Quick Finish is perfect for that. Yay!
These are beautiful and are such an inspiration. Thanks.
My pleasure, Lori. Thank you.
I have several small metal and wooden pieces that would be perfect to paint in the small paint shelter.
No kidding how fun these shelters make cleaup and spraying. You’ll love it!
Kathy E. says
What a great project to repurpose those silverware boxes! I need to keep my eye out for one to do what you’ve done. I have my mom’s old set in a box she bought with Green Stamps a gazillion years ago. I’d love to hear those stories, too, of what they’ve heard over the years. I would use the new products to paint some brassy picture frames and give them new life.
I remember those Green Stamps and have come across books of them. Fun!
dianne anderson says
I would never have thought of luggage! You have a clever imagination. I have 5 small chairs and tables to paint, how great would that sprayer be!
haha…I’m a nut! I’ve redone 5 of these now and try to change it up every time. Thanks!! Love your project idea too.
Cate Cooper says
Larissa, they are just cuter than CUTE!! Such great ideas. You did amazing, girl!!!
woot, woot! I’m doing a happy dance over here. Thanks, Cate! 😀
I love the new look you gave the silverware boxes. Your creativity never stops!
Omigosh, I need the sprayer and the paint shelter. Even if I don’t win, they’re on my list.
it’s fun to keep my noggin’ happy. haha. Thanks, Toni! You’ll love them both.
I love your work!! I bought your other silverware box redo and I LOVE it!!!
You just made my whole day, Nadine. Thank you for the much needed smile! 😀
Who knew that you could buy suitcase hardware?! Awesome makes.
Right? I’ve used it on other projects like my folding table seen HERE. I love it!
We want to repaint the cabinets in our kitchen as well as the two doors in our kitchen. A paint spray would give better results than a foam roller and be much faster.
Hope you like my work I shared today. 🙂
Doreen Hill says
These are so cute! Love the striped lining.
Thanks! Gotta love stripes. 😀
Alicia H says
I would put this to good use to repaint my kitchen cabinet doors!
Sounds good. Hope you liked my work.
You come up with fantastic makeovers. I am amazed and inspired each week. I would love the sprayer
Thank you for saying so, Tracy. These were fun!
Melanie P. Mixon says
Wow! I cannot believe how much these look like suitcases! Amazing!
How awesome to hear! Thank you!!
Cynthia Bills says
I always look forward to your posts! Love the flatware chests- I have a couple waiting for me so this was inspiring!
You go girl!! That’s so awesome!
SONJA H HANSEN says
First, I have an old, cheap, plastic covered silverware box that I have decided not to use for that purpose anymore. I think I will be able to use your technique to make it into a fun box to display with little extras in our guest room. Then, my first spray project will be a small key holder that my husband got ready for me to paint. It will be a perfect start. Thanks again for sharing your project. I am saving it as a guide to keeping my box out of the dump.
I love that idea! What a great way to upcycle and add fun.
Karen Cofield says
So fun! I love them both…but yellow is my favorite color 🙂
It’s instant sunshine in a can. yay!
Catherine Robichaud says
I have a couple old planters that could really use a makeover. This would be perfect for painting them. I love the way you did this so much that I may have to do it to my old silverware box as well. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you, Catherine. 😀
Linda C Johnston says
All I have to say is this redo was absolutely AMAZING! I can think of a dozen more adjectives, but I think amazing might say it all! How original. How inspirational. Just, how wonderful! Great job. I am a long time follower and I never, ever tire of your ideas. Keep up the extraordinary work!
wahoooooo!!! You made me giggle, Linda. Thank you so much!
Love both of these! Beautiful!
It was a totally fun project to tackle. Thanks!
Stop it! You’re making me look bad in front of all my unfinished projects. Keep inspiring all of us.
bwahahahaha! I have my own pile looking at me. 😀 Thank you
I love to follow you on your newsletter and see all the creative things to do! I’m also amazed at all you accomplish with your projects, your house and yard, and homeschooling all of your kids! We homeschooled our kids at various times and loved it! I think I’d use the
sprayer to do my kitchen cabinets and then my chairs for my kitchen table!
That means so much to me to hear from you, Amy. Thank you. That sounds like a perfect project. 😉
Patti M says
That was a great idea to redo the silverware box. It looks so pretty!
Have a great day!
Thank you bunches, Patti! 😀
Kim Banko says
Wow! Looks like a lot of work, but love the end result. So fun!!
It was a huge job, but glad I tried. So fun! Thanks, Kim!!
Marie B. says
Oh my gosh, these are awesome, Larissa! What a creative idea for old flatware boxes. Even your stitching looks so realistic.
I was thinking of you! These are always fun to do. I’m so glad you’re my friend, Marie. Hugs!
Lori Watson says
Love them and all your creative ideas!
Yahooo!! That’s so fun for me to hear, Lori. Thank you!!
Erin Kaven says
Using a sprayer looks like a time saver but I’m a little intimidated. Videos help!
I totally understand. It is easier than you think, especially after your first few tries. It’s addictive! 😀 I have plenty of videos with demonstrations.
Michele M. says
WOW. That is soooo cool! I don’t possess the ability to see past these old items and make them into spectacular things.
My fav color green wins, but I love them both. SO CLEVER!!
And thank you so much for the opportunity on this most generous giveaway! You look pretty comfortable all decked out and ready to spray your next art victims! : – )
tee hee! Love the victims term. 😉 Thanks so much, Michele. These were fun!
Dawn Ziccardi says
Wow! What an amazing job! They would be great to hold vacation momento’s. Thanks also for the giveaway. The shelter is so much better than trying to use a box.
I love that idea, Dawn! You will definitely love this better than a box. Trust me…I know. 😉
Kim Coe says
As alwaysKim Ce, your creativity and attention to detail astound me. 🙂
Thank you for saying so, Kim.
Tracy P says
So creative! It reminds me of an old suitcase I found in my grandmother’s attic when I was a kid.
Aww…grandma’s attics are the BEST!
Another cute idea! I’m thinking of doing mini ones out my cigar box collection to use as “Mantel decor.”
As for the sprayer, it would certainly help me tackle my latest project: Murphy bed and side cabinets. It’s part new/part repurposed and will allow us to use a spare bedroom as a den/project space/guest room!
Go for it! That will be adorable. Love Murphy beds too. That’s perfect!
Nicole Zerbini says
I would love to update the dressers in my son’s room.
Sweet. Hope you like my project I shared.
L Bryant says
Thank ya, thank ya!
Your talent just amazes me! I LOVE these silverware boxes and I have one at home that needs something and plan on following your lead. Just beautiful!
You just made my day, Sandy. Thanks!!
Cindy Gaston says
As usual, your creativity amazes me. I have several small projects that would be perfect to have the spray shelter!
I have a blast…literally!! 😀
Such a cool idea! Who’da thunk! I stopped by my local store but no silverware chests to be found. The little spray enclosure is so cute! I have the large one. Would love the baby one!
Bummer! They are fun to look for. You could put a wanted on Cragislist too. There’s so many hiding in closets. haha.
Great way to repurpose these wonderful boxes
These were so fun to redo and I’m deighted you enjoyed them too. Thanks so much, Vicki!