Romantic Wooden Tea Box

Hi, my sweet friends!!

I can’t believe it’s the last Thursday of the month again, time really flies! It seems it was last week when I shared my picture frame turned into tray, so welcome again to another Thrift Store Decor Challenge! Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Havalah | Sisters, What
Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Toni | Small Home Soul    Jeanie | Create & Babble    Michelle | Michelle James Designs

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Some weeks ago I went to my favorite flea market on a hunt for a mirror. I am updating a little bathroom and I needed something not too big or too small, and I needed it extra cheap so the flea market was the perfect place to go. That day I was especially lucky because not only I found the perfect mirror for that space (I can’t wait to show you the before and after!) but I found two big picture frames which you may probably have seen if you follow my Instagram account, and lots of other lovely goods.

I really really love shopping in flea markets as much for the atmosphere as for the fun of bargaining for that special find. One of the things I found was this wooden tea box… don’t mind the dust.

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

 

I knew what I wanted for it, so I cleaned it and took all the hinges off. I used a plastic container to keep the hinges and small screws together, this way I feel relaxed even if my daughters come to check what I am doing.

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

 

You will find some affiliate links for your convenience and you’ll find the full disclosure here. It wasn’t difficult at all to transform this plain wooden tea box into a romantic one.

I used some DecoArt paint, the color was Timeless and it’s a beautiful kind of beige. I painted it both inside and outside and let it dry.

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

 

I applied some ModPodge to the glass and decoupaged a piece of a beautiful paper I had. It’s the same I used for the hanging hearts and you can download it for free in that post. If you don’t have ModPodge you can use a mix of white glue and water.

If you’ve never decoupaged anything you will find a useful tip for the paper and air bubbles here.

I wanted an aged look for it so I used some clear wax to protect it, and then some dark wax (a similar dark wax here) to give it the look I was looking for.

The last thing was adding the hinges and screws back and it was done.

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

 

Now I have my own romantic wooden tea box!!

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

 

I am not a fan of coffee but as you can see I’m a big fan of tea.

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

 

Love how the dark wax gives the piece a worn look.

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

 

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

 

Can you see the black tea? I don’t like it but it’s great to dye wood. Well, black tea and the “Miracle Liquid” are both great for staining!

How to update a wooden tea box and create a romantic tea box with some paint and paper · Via www.sweethings.net

I hope you enjoyed my transformation and like the romantic tea box as much as I do.

Remember to Pin It if you like it!

Romantic tea box updated with paint and decoupage · Via www.sweethings.net


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18 comments

  1. Mary - the boondocks blog says:

    Pili this is such a pretty makeover. The soft color is beautiful and adding the stain makes it look like a vintage piece. And the pretty romantic paper makes it really special. Now you just need to keep it stocked with tea.

  2. Michelle says:

    Awesomeness Pili, your tea box looks perfectly romantic. I must admit I’m also more of a tea person but I won’t say no to home brewed coffee 😉

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