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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Now I have my own romantic wooden tea box!!
I am not a fan of coffee but as you can see I’m a big fan of tea.
Love how the dark wax gives the piece a worn look.
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!
I hope you enjoyed my transformation and like the romantic tea box as much as I do.
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Great idea! I have all my tea bags stuffed into a non-pretty hot chocolate box! Yours is much prettier. Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.
Pili – your tea box is super cute! Love the transformation and such a pretty way to store tea!
Pili, this is such a beautiful makeover! I love tea, and I love how you upcycle this tea box to fit your style.
Oh my gosh, that is adorable! I love how it turned out. It’s perfect.
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.
What a great use for that box, Pili – I could use one of these for tea! Very pretty and pinned
Very sweet update Pili! I love the paper you chose.
Pili this is so cute and perfect for your teas! It turned out really nice!
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 😉
Great upcycle for this cute box. Love it.
I love this box. It is so feminine and sweet. What a pretty way to store tea bags. I should have read your post before trying to use paper to decoupage :).
I love this and the fabric is a great choice!
This is super adorable!!
Sucha cute and simple project — that is also really practical!
This really is a beautiful box! It would make such a great gift too!
My aunt loves tea and this would make a great DIY gift for her.
Thanks so much for the inspiration!
What a great find! I love tea too and have been looking for the perfect tea box.