Upcycled Remote Control Holder

Who’s in the mood for mini makeover that packs a punch? ME! I’m all about creative storage in my home. Not surprising, I love taking outcast items and giving them new life. Today, this vintage sewing box is going to become an upcycled remote control holder with style. Hang with me now.

Vintage Sewing Box Before | prodigalpieces.com

Just for reference that you don’t think I’m off my rocker (I’ve already established I’m on my rocker back in this post…tee hee), here are some fun past projects for reference:


I’m assuming your house is much like mine with different appliances and electronics that require a remote. Corralling them can be quite the hassle, especially when you have more than one person living with you. Right?? Consequently, they get lost, misplaced, dropped into cushion cracks, etc.

However, when I found this vintage sewing box at the thrift store, I knew it would be just what I needed to creatively and stylishly hide the storage. In addition to remote control storage, it is useful for many other things too.

Inside Vintage Sewing Box turned into Upcycled Remote Control Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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First, I wanted to let you know I’ve put together a video tutorial for you down below so you can see my fun in action. Likewise, I’m also providing the steps outlined for you in text form too. I’m awesome like that. tsk. (just kidding)


When you’re considering a project like this, first have in mind your end result. For me, I just adore typography of any kind and this looks like a blank slate to me that just needs dressing up. First, I head out to my workshop and use my sanderto remove the finish on the door panels.

Sanding Vintage Sewing Box | prodigalpieces.com


Next, I wipe it all down with a 2:1 vinegar/water mixture to clean and remove any residue. I grab my square brush and apply one coat of a flat latex paint in black. Then, after the paint has cured I use the two antique sewing cabinet labels I created to trace. However, if you’re not into creating graphics, I found these life-size decals for only $1.50 on Etsy HERE.

Painting Gold Accents on Upcycled Remote Control Holder from Sewing Box | prodigalpieces.com

After tracing, I paint in the spots with a metallic gold paint.


Meanwhile the paint is curing, I use my light pad and artist’s oil pastel to make my typography transfers. Also, you can see my full image transfer method tutorial in this post, or just watch the video to see it done.

DIY Image Transfer with a Light Pad and Oil Pastels | Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces


First, before I apply my image transfers, I use a king size Sharpie marker to outline the gold paint. While I typically prefer a brush and paint, these markers are easy and fun to use too.

Sharpie Marker for Tracing Typography | prodigalpieces.com


Then, using the transfers we made, trace them on, and then fill in with various size Sharpies. See video for details.

Filling in Typography with Sharpie Markers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


Last, but not least, create time-worn wear by lightly sanding. To seal it all in, use a clear wax and round brush. Buff with a soft cloth to reveal the lustre. We’re done!

Farmhouse Style Remote Control Holder created from a vintage sewing box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #storage #homedecor

Industrial Style Sewing Box for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #storage #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

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Not only is our vintage sewing box revived, but it is so much cuter now. Am I right? Plenty of storage for remotes, or whatever your heart desires.

Farmhouse Remote Control Storage with Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Collection of Remotes in Upcycled Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #storage #homedecor

I totally had fun sharing this with you. If you’d like to own this newly created piece you can find it available in my online shop. (SOLD)

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Upcycled Vintage Sewing Box for Farmhouse Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Also, pin and share my upcycled remote control holder. I’m sure I’m not the only one wanting to corral the crazy remotes.

Check out this Upcycled Remote Control Holder Made from a Vintage Sewing Box ~ Fun Device Storage | Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #vintage #homedecor

Up next, look at what followed me home from Curb le Chic. ahem. Come see the makeover HERE.

Mide Century Media Stand Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more projects like my upcycled remote control holder:

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  • Debbie

    That is so very cute! I think I have one of those sitting out in my garage. Next year’s project for sure!

    December 19, 2019 at 8:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit, Debbie! This was so fun for me. 😀

      December 19, 2019 at 8:48 am Reply
  • gwen

    This I like! I love that you kept the spirit of what it was with the ‘decals’ but useful for so many things!

    December 19, 2019 at 9:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I’m all about keeping vintage looking true to its era.

      December 19, 2019 at 11:32 am Reply
  • Becky

    Your remote “corral” came out so cute! I really like it!

    December 19, 2019 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Can you tell I had a blast? hee hee! Thank you.

      December 19, 2019 at 11:32 am Reply
  • Marie

    Super cute upcycle, Larissa, and great idea repurposing it into remote storage!

    December 19, 2019 at 3:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I think we all have these things scattered all over, especially if have kids, grands…or pets. haha. Thanks, Marie!

      December 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm Reply
  • GReeves

    Too cute…. you are so creative! GR

    December 19, 2019 at 3:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! This kinda thing is so fun for me. 😀

      December 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm Reply

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