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Trash to Treasure! How I Repurposed an Old Silverware Box

If you have an old silverware wooden box, wait until you see how to repurpose a silverware box. This is one of my favorite transformations.

I have a love for old wooden boxes of any type. They are great for storing items you want out of sight but not out of mind.

I love how they look, especially when they are re-purposed. So when I ran across this old silverware box, I decided it would make a great place to store stationary, stamps, and other office items that get lost in large drawers.

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Thrift Store Find – Repurpose a Silverware Wooden Box

It was slightly banged up when I first spotted it in the thrift store. However, it is solid wood with sturdy construction, and the price was right.

Silverware Wooden Box from thrift store find.

Although the lining was intact, it had to go. Demo time!!!

Inside old silverware wooden box ready to be transformed.

Silverware Wooden Box Deconstructed

I made sure to keep all the hardware except for the engraved plate that was originally on the top of the box. Those aren’t my initials, so bye,bye!

Deconstructed old silverware box

I filled the holes where the plate was screwed to the top with wood filler. Once that was dry, I gently sanded this area until it was smooth using a fine grit sanding block.

sand old wooden box

Hardware Update

I later decided to replace all the hardware except the side handles. One of the drawer pulls was missing, and it was easier to replace all the pulls than try to match the old ones.

I spray-painted the side handles with black Rustoleum paint because the original finish was pitted and rusty in some areas.

spray paint old hardware on wooden box

Refinish Wooden Silverware Box

Next, I painted the outside of the box with 2 COATS OF ANNIE SLOAN OLD WHITE CHALK PAINT and rubbed a little off around the edges. I then applied clear wax to seal the paint. I’ve included an easy tutorial on how to use Chalk Paint.

I also mixed dark and clear wax and added a coat over the entire surface. This gave a more aged look to the paint.

This is the same technique I shared on my Instagram Stories when I re-purposed the side table in my living room.

Decoupage Inside of Wooden Silverware Box

This was just something I had on hand and didn’t have to buy. This step would look very nice with any extra wallpaper, lovely stationary, magazine pages, etc.

Since the box’s insides were not smooth and the finish was undesirable, I added old torn hymnal pages to cover the inside.

repurpose silverware box with music pages and mod podge.

I used mod podge to adhere the torn music pages to the box’s interior. After the pages were dry, I applied another coat o mod podge over the surface to seal the pages and give them a smooth finish.

mod podge music sheets to the inside of old wooden box to make a stationery box.

This was such a quick and easy project. The only difficulty I had was getting rid of my sticky fingers! I would forget and use my hands to spread the mod podge! LOL

Inside of old repurposed silverware box

So many small items fit perfectly inside the silverware wooden box.

Old silverware wooden box made into a stationary box

Repurposed Silverware Box

The repurposed silverware box is the perfect size for storing stationary, stamps, paper clips, pens, etc.

I added replacement hardware from Amazon to the front of the drawers. The label holder from D Lawless Hardware is just for looks. I hand-printed “Cards” on a piece of brown craft paper to add to the file card holder.

repurposed silverware box with chalk paint and updated hardware.

Remote Control Holder

In addition to stationary, the small drawer is perfect for hiding the remote controls when company is coming. Otherwise, they are glued to my husbands hands. LOL

remote control holder - resupplied silverware box

The spray painted hardware matches the other hardware perfectly.

white chalk paint on wooden box makeover

I initially thought I’d put the new Stationary Box on my desk. However, I love it here! It matches my re-purposed side table so well. Maybe I’ll change the label to “remote controls” and leave it here!

Industrial style furniture makeover with old white chalk paint.

If you like trash-to-treasure updates, check out What You Can Do With a Broken Light Fixture or How to Update a Thrift Store Chandelier.

I hope you enjoyed the process of this repurposed silverware box and that it will inspire you to see beyond the obvious when shopping at thrift stores.

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Nancy Bostic

Thursday 5th of January 2023

I have always loved wooden boxes and have several silverware boxes and old wooden jewelry boxes. One silverware box has a plate with my old initials from a dissolved marriage. It is glued on without screws and I have not been able to remove it. The woodgrain is beautiful and I do not want to destroy it by prying off the plate. Any suggestions on how to get the plate off the box or how to repurpose over it?


Thursday 5th of January 2023

Nancy, I would suggest finding something that you could put in place of the plate. Maybe an image from a card or your initials in calligraphy. If you damage the box when you remove the plate, you can fill it with wood filler and then decoupage the new image over the area to hide the damage. I hope this helps, let me know if you find something.


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

I love silverware chests. They are really well made pieces of little furniture. Your transformation is fantastic!


Thursday 5th of January 2023

Kyra, I really appreciate this. Thanks for commenting.

Wendy McMonigle

Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Super cute Rachel, I think I have about three of these hanging around. Thanks for the inspiration.


Thursday 5th of January 2023

Wendy, You are so welcome. Thanks.


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

This is amazing! I would love to share this in my Friday newsletter next week. Hugs to you.


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Renae, Thank you so much. I appreciate you doing this.

Deborah Croft

Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Love what you did to the silverware box. Such an awesome idea. I’m going to keep my eyes open for a box that will work in my home for remotes and “thing”. I really enjoy your ideas. Thank you for sharing. Happy New year!


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Deborah, I really appreciate your kind comments.