Monday, September 6, 2010

Cutlery Caddy


While browsing through a Goodwill store recently, I came across this little item.
I’m sure Emma got some good use out of this at some point, but since it landed in the local Goodwill, I’m going to assume Emma has moved on to bigger and better things.
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The first step is to sand it all down.  Sorry Emma.cuttlery caddy 005a
I really didn’t want to prime it because I wanted to the wood grain to show through, but the stinkin’ yellow color wouldn’t sand off, so I had no choice.  After priming, I gave it a coat of Heirloom White then sanded it in areas where it would get normal wear and tear.cuttlery caddy 010a
Because I have plans to put this in my kitchen, I used the same colors of paint and glaze that I used on the kitchen cupboards.cuttlery caddy 014a
After glazing.  I loved the look, but it just needed something in front.
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I looked through my collection of old handles and knobs and found the perfect hardware in the wrong color. I didn’t want gold, so I sprayed it pewter and drilled a hole. It was the perfect addition.
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Emma’s little crayon box has become the perfect little cutlery caddy for my kitchen island. 

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cuttlery caddy 049a cuttlery caddy 057a  The total cost for this project was $2.  I paid exactly that for the little box.  The rest of the materials, I already had.cuttlery caddy 052a Thanks Emma, whoever you are.






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92 comments:

  1. The hardware was the perfect touch. It looks great especially filled with such pretty things.

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  2. I LOVE it!! And I love making something beautiful out of my thrift store finds!

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  3. Yeah, thanks Emma! For allowing us to see this beautiful redo!

    Great job!

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  4. Wow, this works perfectly in your kitchen. You have such great vision Lisa.

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  5. I love the added touch of the pull on front. It turned out so cute! I have a caddy almost exactly like this that was my son's, only he didn't paint his. You've given me inspiration for mine! Thanks for posting.

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  6. What a wonderful transformation! The knob just makes it work so well!

    Hannah

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  7. This is beautiful, Lisa! I love it! Great transformation; I love the color with the glaze and the hardware you added to the front. Very creative and so different from what we usually see.

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  8. this is really, really cute! the hardward takes it up a notch, great idea!

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  9. I am just ogling over this! I love what you did! Gorgeous hardware to boot! Love it!

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  10. Oh, I just love it, and added it to my future project list. The hardware addition is perfect. I just bought my kids one of these boxes and they weren't interested in putting it together, so I guess it's mine now!

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  11. Adorable little cutlery caddy!

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  12. That is so stinkin' adorable! Love that you distressed the handle more where it would be carried.

    And the knob, great addition.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  13. I am in agreement with everyone else...the knob just makes this piece. It is gorgeous!

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  14. I love it! The glaze and the knob make it perfectly beautiful. Wish I had your creative talent.

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  15. I love it! The glaze and the knob make it perfectly beautiful. Wish I had your creative talent.

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  16. I'm an Emma and I would be glad if you sanded over my name to make something that cute!

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  17. Beautiful transformation! I love everything about it. Also love the items you filled it with.
    Jane

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  18. Lisa, that is so, so cute! I love how it turned out, what a difference. Good for you, seeing past what it was to what it could be.

    I don't think I've seen your kitchen redo before, but WOW, it is gorgeous. I somehow missed it, I think. What a beautiful transformation. I love every bit of it!

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  19. That is so great!! The color is beautiful! Stopping by from Cottage Instincts! I am your newest follower!!

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  20. This box came out great a s a counter top caddy. However, I'm inclined to believe that the paint treatment and the accessories are what make it so adorable.

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  21. The caddy turned out real nice. This would be great for parties and picnics. hmmm. thanks for the great idea. I'm off to work on mine ;)

    Toodlepeeps.

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  22. Wonderful redo! Oh if only I could have your vision and your GW close to me! Saw you at Southern Hospitality

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  23. LOVE this project!! How pretty this turned out to put in your beautiful kitchen! :)
    Kristi

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  24. Lisa,
    What a neat idea...I'm sure Emma would think so too!!! Love how you added the hardware.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  26. What an amazing transformation~ well done!

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  27. Lisa you always have the neatest ideas and transformation. IF Emma could see it now...she would want it back...LOL!!~ Thanks for joining me this week. Always a pleasure to see you. Debbie

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  28. Wonderful makeover! Love how it looks and that little hardware was the perfect finishing touch!

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  29. I love it! I think I have one of those that my kids made at HomeDepot years ago. Now I've got to find that thing!

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  30. That is adorable! I have GOT to make one. The drawer handle was the absolute icing on the cake! You are too smart! Linda

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  31. Beautiful and clever as always, Lisa! I love seeing your projects. The hardware is perfect for it and it suits your kitchen so nicely. I love it! I've got to keep an eye out for a box like that. You've given me some inspiration.

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  32. Found you on Craft Gossip. What type of paint and glaze did you use? I have been wanting to do over our bathroom vanity.

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  33. Darling! A creative way to use an ordinary box....love it. Karen

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  34. I love this transformation with it's cute little pull - wonderful idea.

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  35. I love how you transformed this into the greatest little caddy! Emma would be totally thrilled! Love the hardware touch! Just beautiful!

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  36. That is adorable! I love it!!! Now I'm going to be looking for a caddy like that. I love the glaze and the hardware. TOO CUTE!
    Visiting from Get your craft on Tuesday party. :)

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  37. I saw this on Anything Related and I absolutely adore it! Just beautiful. Now following you.

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  38. SHUT UP!! This looks awesome!! I SO love it!! The hardware you put on the front...perfect!! I love how you accessorized it too!!

    Beautiful!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  39. I found the exact thing at Good Will as well! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  40. The hardware just sets it off Lisa ~ what a great little project!

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  41. i've been thinking on doing something similar for my spice rack. love the knob you added. so classy.

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  42. I think even Emma would love it! I love the addition of the hardware. Really made it stand out. Looks great as a cutlery caddy!

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  43. Simply adorable! I love the way you dressed it up.

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  44. Gorgeous! I have a whole story about a box very similar to that. Haha. What a day that was! I ended up turning mine into a TP box. I LOVE what you did to yours!

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions

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  45. I bet Emma's wanting that box back about right now, but too bad. You made it great!

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  46. Very cute! Loving that hardware embellishment.

    Hugs,
    Jami

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  47. So beautiful! I love the addition to the front, it really makes it what it is. I admire your creativity.

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  48. What a charming little caddy you made! It's perfect. Sorry, Emma.

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  49. I'm sure Emma would be incredibly impressed...as am I!

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  50. Oh! you did a great job cutesifying that caddy : )

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  51. Here from House of Hepworths. Thanks you, thank you for posting this! I bought one of these months ago and had no idea what to do with it. Amazing job and very creative!

    ~ The Speckled Dog

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  52. wow - that started off really UGLY and turned out really stunningly gorgeous - well done!

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  53. I would love to have you join me tomorrow over at our Sassy Sites blog party! It's our Feature YOU Friday! Come by and check it out! xoxo

    Marni
    @ Sassy Sites!

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  54. What a beautiful and great idea! Thank you for sharing it. I'm visiting and now following from Sassy sites hop. Visit me sometime.

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  55. Love this! I bought one at Pottery Barn a few months ago, but I like yours better! Love the objects you chose to put into it and the finish & hardware you used. Fabulous!

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  56. I love this! Adding the cabinet hardware to this piece really finishes it off. Please stop by my blog on Sunday to share this wonderful project with my followers at my Show Off Sunday Party.

    http://houseofthriftydecor.blogspot.com/

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  57. Thanks for joining our blog hop over at Sassy Sites! There are some amazing blogs out there, and you are one of them! I'm a follower of yours too! Happy Friday! xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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  58. Ooh. Love this! I have an old wood tote that I had no idea what to with. This is a fabulous idea!! Thank you.

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  59. Popping in and following from New Friend Fridays! What a great project! I LOVE how it came out.

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  60. woah!~talk about transformation! darling!

    found ya on sassy sites, am your newest follower! hope you'll visit us.

    :)kelli & kristi

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  61. I just love to see a sucessful rescue! Beautiful!

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  62. Absolutely gorgeous. You are very talented! I love LOVE it. I'll be following you.

    ~ www.billiemonster.com ~

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  63. WOW,what a BRILLIANT transformation. I'm so very glad you shared this on my romantic home!

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  64. What a great transformation. I love all the personal touches you added to it. I'm putting it in the PoPP Spotlight on Saturday.

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  65. I love it. Simple yet elegant. You always have such great ideas!

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  66. I love this especially the finishing touch with the knob. I have a secretary desk that is painted similar and want to glaze it. Could you share what color glaze you used? Thanks!

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  67. Oh I LOVE it!! It looks simply elegant!
    I had one of those once and I used it on my front porch for some flowers.....and sadly, someone walked off with it! I was so sad. I'll keep my eyes open for a similar one again....maybe make it like yours! :D

    Suzanne

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  68. What a cute project! It looks absolutely adorable!

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  69. I love it and I just happened to find one kind of like it today at one of my local thrift stores! I can't wait to make my own version for my kitchen redo! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Tania

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  70. Adorable, very handy and easy to carry. It would make a great caddy for out door dinning supplies too.

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  71. I didnt even know I needed one of these until I saw it on your blog. Its fantastic.

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  72. I love what you did and the best part is that it's something I can do! I'm your newest follower.
    Cheers!
    Rita

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  73. That turned out so lovely! And I love the little vignette you made with it.

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  74. Love this soooo cute and way to repurpose something ugly.

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  75. Hi Lisa...

    Ohhh...I love how your caddy turned out! I especially like that pretty ornate piece that you added to the front! You know, I have a little wooden caddy just like this but never thought to use it for silverware! What a great idea! Hmmm...I'm going to have to go dig mine out! Love this!!! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome craft project with us for Sunday Favorites this week!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  76. What a great job on this piece!! I love it - the hardware is such a great addition to the caddy!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  77. I'll take one of those, pleeeezzz!!! Just kidding...(sorta!) Looks great!

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  78. Love it! The handle is the perfect little touch. That would be so handy at our place to bring cutlery and napkins in and out from the patio.

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  79. I'm just like everyone else - I love the hardware you put on this. You've made this so pretty!

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  80. Lisa! What a fabulous project!! I love, love, love this project! I also love when I find fellow Canadian bloggers! I am your newest follower and later today I will be diving in and reading your past posts! I am so happy to find you! You are such an inspiration !Angie xo

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  82. So dainty! I particularly love the items you put in your cutlery box and how you styled them!

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  83. Ok, I've had this bookmarked since you posted it, and I found an adorable (meant for it) cutlery/napkin holder at a sale this morning for a quarter! I immediately thought of your caddy, and am going to do the same paint treatment (and I even have an antique handle for the front!), but I was thinking, I wonder if I could permanently leave my silverware in there and free up a drawer in my kitchen? Would that be totally unsanitary or would it not be any different than open shelving? Ahhh, thoughts?

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  84. I love your adorable caddy! I was wondering what glaze you like to use. And I just LOVE the handle you used!

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  85. what a great idea... Your blog is full of awesome ideas.. Thanks for sharing

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