Easy Thrift Store Makeover

 Recently on a trip to the thrift store I found a set of the cutest round boxes with lids. I don't expect anyone to find the same ones I did but I'm sharing ideas to transform what might work in your space to something that will work! 

thrift store boxes with lace hearts

First of all the boxes were great as they were but I thought the light color would get lost on my white shelves. 

bleached wooden boxes

So I stained them. 

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I used my very favorite water based stain, Rustoleum Transformations Decorative Glaze and a rag. 

stain and boxes with lids

I didn't even use gloves to wipe the stain onto the boxes and lids then wipe it off. 

stained wooden boxes

The color on the wood is gorgeous! 

And bonus... my hands washed up with soap and water! 

stained boxes and lids

When the boxes were dry I found a couple of small knobs in my workshop, unfortunately they didn't match so I painted them. 

I screwed them into a scrap piece of wood to make it easier to paint. 

mismatched knobs

I used Rustoleum Protective Enamel, it is a flat black stain that I used on my candlestick project. 

enamel paint and black knobs

This paint however does not wash up with water so I used a small brush I just tossed when I was finished. 

Both of these knobs used screws to attach them to the box lids. 

round wooden boxes with knobs

Now they are going to look amazing on my white shelves. 

wooden boxes with black knobs

You can fill boxes with a faux plant or hand made bowl filler hearts like I did. 

hearts in boxes with lids

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wooden boxes on a shelf with a book

The boxes can be stacked inside one another or displayed together. 

By the way that Cozy White Cottage book by Liz Marie is amazing inspiration! 

boxes with lids and knobs

white shelves filled with wooden items

This is just a little reminder that if you see something that might work in your space... give it a little tweak and it will work!

thrift store items on a white shelf

I'm decorating my shelves with thrifted wooden items that are safe for little hands when the grandchildren come over! 

The deconstructed XO frames were a recent Homeroad DIY project as well as the Valentine's Day Book Stack. 

round boxes with lids and knobs

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .