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Repurposed Silverware Box to Vintage Luggage

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. (giveaway alert!)

Stack of Silverware Boxes Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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…

DIY TIME

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.

Vintage Good Housekeeping Silverware Box with Flatware | prodigalpieces.com

Good Housekeeping Silverware Label | prodigapieces.com

Vintage Oneida Silverware Design | prodigalpieces.com

However, the second box is by Oneida and has a different design. I love the roses.

Inside Vintage Oneida Silverware Box with Silverware Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Oneida Silverware Label | prodigalpieces.com

Rose Pattern Vintage Oneida Flatware | prodigalpieces.com

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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!!) Enter in this new-to-me Wagner Spray Shelter. It’s the smallest they offer and perfect for my project. Look at what it pops up into in seconds!

Wagner Small Spray Shelter | prodigalpieces.com

HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer with Wagner Spray Shelter for Repurposed Silverware Boxes | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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.

Soft Spring Paint Colors for Repurposed Silverware Boxes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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!

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces using the HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

You can see the sprayer in action in this post or in my video demo below.

DIY Clock Table from Upcycled Ash Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

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.

DIY Travel Stencils | prodigalpieces.com

DIY Luggage Hardware for Repurposed Silverware Boxes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Painting Stripe on Repurposed Silverware Box | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

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

THE REVEALS

Finally, after getting lost in adding the details, here are my repurposed silverware boxes into vintage style luggage boxes.

Vintage Repurposed Silverware Box into Vintage Style Luggage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #repurposed #diy #home #homedecor

Vintage Style Spring Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #diy #home #homedecor

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?

Ticking Stripe Interior of Repurposed Silverware Boxes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #spring #home #homedecor

World Travel Luggage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #luggage

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. In addition to the tags, I also found these luggage labels too.

DIY Canvas Luggage Tags for Ephemera by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

Green Vintage Style Suitcase from Repurposed Silverware Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

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.

Stacked DIY Vintage Luggage Boxes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #homedecor

Ticking Lining Inside Green Luggage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #vintage #homedecor

Repurposed Silverware Box into Green Vintage Luggage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #home #homedecor

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.

  • Handmade Linen Ottoman by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #shopping
    Linen Ottoman ~$75

Thrifted Spring Vignette Made from Upcycled Silverware Boxes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #vintage

GIVEAWAY TIME

With that, HomeRight and I want to help you have a blast with your DIY projects. We are giving away a HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer and Wagner Small Spray Shelter to one of you. Easy entry – just complete the widget below for as many entries as you like. Open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. In addition, winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Also, be sure to check your spam!

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In addition, do pin and share my repurposed silverware boxes to inspire others to give DIY a try.

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 #homedecor

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Comments

  1. 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!

  2. susan says

    Those are absolutely amazing! They look just like little suitcases back in the day! I just can’t say enough about your creativity!

    • Larissa says

      happy dance!! I’m so glad you think so, Susan. Thank you!!

  3. 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.

    • Larissa says

      What a great treasure to have! Thank you for the love, Donna. Enjoy!

  4. 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 🙂

    • Larissa says

      I know, right? I’ve done 5 makeovers, so far, and keep trying to come up with more fun DIYs. Thanks!!

  5. Ginny says

    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!!

    • Larissa says

      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.

  6. 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.

    • Larissa says

      I’m so happy to hear it, Cathy! Thank you for the love.

  7. 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

  8. Mary formerly of the boondocks says

    Wow what an amazing transformation!!

    • Larissa says

      I went overboard and I don’t care. haha! Thank you, Mary!

  9. Becky says

    Oh my goodness! You killed it on these! 😊 SO cute! So many details!

  10. 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.
    Great job.
    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.

    • Larissa says

      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!

  11. 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!!! 💕

  12. 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!

    • Larissa says

      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!

  13. Judy says

    Larissa,
    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.

    • Larissa says

      You’ve made me smile from ear to ear, Judy. Thank you!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! And who couldn’t use cute storage, right? 😉

  16. 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.

    • Larissa says

      That’s the spirit, Susie! They offer so many possibilities.

  17. 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!

  18. Lori says

    These are beautiful and are such an inspiration. Thanks.

  19. Lori says

    I have several small metal and wooden pieces that would be perfect to paint in the small paint shelter.

    • Larissa says

      No kidding how fun these shelters make cleaup and spraying. You’ll love it!

  20. 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.

    • Larissa says

      I remember those Green Stamps and have come across books of them. Fun!

  21. 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!

    • Larissa says

      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.

  22. Cate Cooper says

    Larissa, they are just cuter than CUTE!! Such great ideas. You did amazing, girl!!!

    • Larissa says

      woot, woot! I’m doing a happy dance over here. Thanks, Cate! 😀

  23. Toni says

    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.

    • Larissa says

      it’s fun to keep my noggin’ happy. haha. Thanks, Toni! You’ll love them both.

  24. Nadine says

    I love your work!! I bought your other silverware box redo and I LOVE it!!!

    • Larissa says

      You just made my whole day, Nadine. Thank you for the much needed smile! 😀

  25. diane says

    Who knew that you could buy suitcase hardware?! Awesome makes.

    • Larissa says

      Right? I’ve used it on other projects like my folding table seen HERE. I love it!

  26. Tim says

    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.

  27. Alicia H says

    I would put this to good use to repaint my kitchen cabinet doors!

  28. Tracy says

    You come up with fantastic makeovers. I am amazed and inspired each week. I would love the sprayer

  29. Melanie P. Mixon says

    Wow! I cannot believe how much these look like suitcases! Amazing!

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

    • Larissa says

      I love that idea! What a great way to upcycle and add fun.

  32. Karen Cofield says

    So fun! I love them both…but yellow is my favorite color 🙂

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

    • Larissa says

      wahoooooo!!! You made me giggle, Linda. Thank you so much!

  35. Lisa says

    Love both of these! Beautiful!

  36. amy says

    Stop it! You’re making me look bad in front of all my unfinished projects. Keep inspiring all of us.

    • Larissa says

      bwahahahaha! I have my own pile looking at me. 😀 Thank you

  37. Amy says

    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!

    • Larissa says

      That means so much to me to hear from you, Amy. Thank you. That sounds like a perfect project. 😉

  38. Patti M says

    That was a great idea to redo the silverware box. It looks so pretty!
    Have a great day!

  39. Kim Banko says

    Wow! Looks like a lot of work, but love the end result. So fun!!

    • Larissa says

      It was a huge job, but glad I tried. So fun! Thanks, Kim!!

  40. Marie B. says

    Oh my gosh, these are awesome, Larissa! What a creative idea for old flatware boxes. Even your stitching looks so realistic.

    • Larissa says

      I was thinking of you! These are always fun to do. I’m so glad you’re my friend, Marie. Hugs!

  41. Lori Watson says

    Love them and all your creative ideas!

    • Larissa says

      Yahooo!! That’s so fun for me to hear, Lori. Thank you!!

  42. Erin Kaven says

    Using a sprayer looks like a time saver but I’m a little intimidated. Videos help!

    • Larissa says

      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.

  43. 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! : – )

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! Love the victims term. 😉 Thanks so much, Michele. These were fun!

  44. 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.

    • Larissa says

      I love that idea, Dawn! You will definitely love this better than a box. Trust me…I know. 😉

  45. Kim Coe says

    As alwaysKim Ce, your creativity and attention to detail astound me. 🙂

  46. Tracy P says

    So creative! It reminds me of an old suitcase I found in my grandmother’s attic when I was a kid.

  47. Kathleen says

    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!

    • Larissa says

      Go for it! That will be adorable. Love Murphy beds too. That’s perfect!

  48. Nicole Zerbini says

    I would love to update the dressers in my son’s room.

  49. Sandy says

    Larissa,

    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!

  50. Cindy Gaston says

    As usual, your creativity amazes me. I have several small projects that would be perfect to have the spray shelter!

  51. Carol says

    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!

    • Larissa says

      Bummer! They are fun to look for. You could put a wanted on Cragislist too. There’s so many hiding in closets. haha.

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