Vintage Recipe Box Makeover for Cottage Style Decor

It’s time for some more #trashure fun as I pull out the next subject from my wood haul. Yes, this looks quite dilapidated and a hot mess, but don’t we all look like this from time to time? haha. Thankfully, I’m not a quitter and couldn’t bear to let this poor thing go to the trash. It’s about to become a cute cottage style vintage recipe box. Hang with me…

Vintage Recipe Box Before Repair & Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

If you’ve missed my first post about a whole lotta wooden loot I received a few weeks ago, stop over HERE and take a peek. In addition, you can see what I’m referencing below.

Thrifted Wood Items Yet to be Saved by Prodigal Pieces |

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My friend, Mandy, knows how much I love to peruse the wooden section of the thrift store for cast-off goodies. She blessed me with this treasure trove of fun. This is where my vintage recipe box came from, however, it’s not ready to be that yet.

For your viewing fun, I’ve created a video tutorial for you below, but have also shared my steps here. First, I obviously needed to reassemble this poor thing. I used my wood glue, my nailer, and some wood filler to get it back into shape.

Gluing, Nailing, and Applying Wood Filler to Vintage Recipe Box |

Next, after it all cured, I sanded it down with my sander to get it ready for the next step, which I bet you can guess…paint. Up pops my Small Spray Shelter and my Turn Table to make this easy-peasy.

Spray Painting Vintage Recipe Box with HomeRight Spray Shelter |

While the first coat was curing, I began to dig around in my stash of wooden goodies and remembered seeing this vintage recipe box in my stash.

Vintage Recipe Box Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

It appeared to be the right size to fit right in the empty space in my project piece. Score!! Likewise, it would meet the fate of paint to give it a few coats of a soft pink and highlight the details.

Okay, so back to my spray painting fun. I added one more coat of the white and Let it cure. Then I decided to have some cottagey fun with stripes. This is easily done with a painter’s tape and measuring out the stripes. Again, I use my Square Brush and this Vintage paint to create fun contrasting stripes.

Painting Stripes on Vintage Recipe Box |

Are you ready to see it all come together? I am!

Cottage Style Vintage Recipe Box Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #vintage #retro #handmade

Adorable Cottage Style Recipe Box with Aqua Stripes and Pink by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Can you tell I had such fun with this? Totally a blast to recreate this vintage recipe box into a piece with whimsy. I even used some of my vintage wallpaper to line the drawer and added these glass knobs I adore from my past projects (seen HERE).

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Open Paper-lined Drawer of Vintage Recipe Box with Cottage Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #vintage #homedecor

Cottage Chic Recipe Box with Glass Knob and Stripes by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #homedecor #handmade

At last my little vintage recipe box is revived and now has more spunk. woot! I hope you are inspired to see past the broken and see the potential that is there. I liken it to the way we may see ourselves sometimes, while God is eagerly waiting to make us new again. I’m so thankful He can see past what others or ourselves may see.

Cottage Chic Striped Recipe Box with Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #videos #homedecor

If you’d like to make this recipe box your own, you can find it and much more available in my online shop. (SOLD)

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Vintage Recipe Box Makeover with Cottage Style | Video Tutorial can be seen at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #vintage #homedecor

Do pin and share my fun vintage recipe box makeover. You just never know who needs to be inspired or when you would want to find this tutorial again.

From dilapidated to cottage fun, this vintage recipe box gets new life by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | See the video tutorial at #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #handmade #homedecor

Up next, this antique Queen Anne buffet is getting some much needed TLC for our Furniture Fixer Uppers time. See the reveal HERE.

Antique Queen Anne Buffet Before Metallic Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Nancy F Lambert

    Larissa, It turned out so cute

    March 26, 2019 at 5:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I felt so bad when I was pulling out all the wooden goodies that I didn’t realize it was pieces to a cutie. Such a fun challenge.

      March 26, 2019 at 6:08 am Reply
  • Martha E Felgar

    Adorable, so fresh looking, Springy!

    March 26, 2019 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Debbie Richards

    You always hit that cute factor right on the head. So sweet.

    March 26, 2019 at 6:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      This one needed some cute as it was pretty ugly before. tee hee. Thanks so much, Debbie. 🙂

      March 26, 2019 at 6:35 am Reply
  • Paula

    You turned this into a real cutie! Love what you did with it.

    March 26, 2019 at 6:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Paula. I I think I’m addicted to stripes. 😀

      March 26, 2019 at 6:36 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Tx.

    One word to say about the box; Adorable. Ok, cute as well.
    I so do like that when people take the time to line the inside of the drawers. Makes items look more finished when lined.
    OMG I have a buffet just exactly like that.
    My buffet I bought also came with matching table (can seat 12) (has 3 leaves that came with)along with 5 regular chairs and 1 that I call the ‘Queens’ chair (mine) (has the arms on the chair).
    Can’t wait to see what you do with your buffet. Mine is still in it’s original beautiful state.

    March 26, 2019 at 7:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee! Thanks for saying so, Colleen. Sweet you have the same one. Love dem legs! 😀

      March 26, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply
    • Carol

      Gorgeous transformation!

      June 28, 2019 at 7:15 am Reply
      • Larissa

        Thank you for the kind words, Carol. 🙂

        June 29, 2019 at 5:09 am Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    This is so adorable. Another great makeover! Thanks for the inspiration. Can’t wait to see what you’ve imagined for the buffet.

    March 29, 2019 at 1:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It was so sad looking that I had to do something. Thank you!

      March 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • That Sassy Life coach

    I love how you have paired everything together – fab work 🙂

    April 10, 2019 at 2:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much. 🙂

      April 11, 2019 at 5:06 am Reply

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