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Upcycled Silverware Chest for Home Decor

Have you seen one of these before? I think we all have in some form. My grandmother had one, and my mom even. They sure are handy when you need them. However, sometimes they have lost their purpose and need new life. This is my upcycled silverware chest project for you today.

Vintage Silverware Box Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I came by this one secondhand, but can easily see the potential. Do you? It’s made of wood, and that alone gives it oodles of potential. Then, there’s the inside…

Inside Silverware Chest with Red Lining | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Back to the makeover fun…

We’ve got a fun red lining with a concave top shelf, and a lined drawer on the bottom for even more storage. Vintage party on the side!

Silverware Chest Side Handles | prodigalpieces.com

DIY TIME

Time to get this upcycled silverware chest makeover started. First, I yank out the interior as it was damaged from a liquid spill. Also, the red wasn’t exciting me.

Upcycled Silverware Chest Interior | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This is that top concave part that I want to do away with. While it may be functional for flatware, it doesn’t serve my new purpose. Instead, I prefer a flat surface. So, I cut a piece of scrap luan to fit the bill.

New Wood Shelf for Upcycled Silverware Chest | prodigalpieces.com

I am wrapping the board in a thin cotton batting covered by a cotton fabric.

Fabric Lining Silverware Chest | prodigalpieces.com

If you want to see a step-by-step video of it, I’ve add one below from this past upcycle, or also one I turned into a cabinet HERE.

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

Also, a funny…while working on this box, a friend messaged me asking me if I want these…I laughed.

Stack of Silverware Boxes Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

NEXT STEPS

Then, I tackle the outside with wood filler and sanding. It’s not actually as bad as it looks, but the top did have oodles of scuffing.

Sanding Upcycled Silverware Chest | prodigalpieces.com

Next, I apply two coats of paint, letting cure in between coats.

Painting Silverware Chest in Green | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, but not least, I add a few decorative elements to the top, and then put it all together.

THE REVEAL

Vintage Silverware Chest Upcycled into French Chic Storage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #upcycled

Le Fleur Storage Box from Upcycled Silverware Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

French party on the outside, but also party on the inside. woot!

Open Fabric-Lined Upcycled Silverware Chest | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

Open Storage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home

Is that a huge difference, or what? Not only is the whole vibe of it completely new, but also the function. Now, it’s perfect for use with jewelry, your memory treasures, or anything your heart desires.

French Chic Storage Box from Upcycled Silverware Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shabbychic #diy #upcycled

Fabric Lined Storage Box for Home Decor from Upcycled Silverware Chest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #storage

Meanwhile, if you’d like to make this storage box your own, you can find it available in my online shop along with other goodies.

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In addition, do pin and share my upcycled silverware chest makeover to inspire others.

Upcycled Silverware Chest Turned into French Chic Storage Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #upcycled #homedecor

Up next, this 80’s decor is getting an update. Stay the new life HERE.

80's Decor Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Comments

  1. Caye Cooper says

    Nicely done!! So quaint and pretty.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Caye! These are fun to do. Now I have two more…tee hee.

  2. susan says

    Love it! I passed one up at Goodwill a few weeks ago 😡. That’ll teach me!

  3. Minnie says

    Miss too far gone, I’d like you to meet Miss Larissa.😌
    Miss Larissa I’d like you to meet Miss too far gone.
    Oh wait, where did Miss too far gone go?
    All I can see is Miss beautiful.
    ☺️ Ah, another perfectly matched couple
    Blessings to you!❤️
    Minnie

  4. Sandra Steele says

    Larissa,

    This silverware box is so pretty! I love the details you gave it with the grain sack strip and the floral on top of it! It is so French Farmhouse! Love your work!!!!

  5. Ginny says

    So lovely!!! I’m glad that I can check out your new media platforms.

  6. Cheryl says

    This turned out beautiful!! I have two of these to do, great inspiration!! Pinned!

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