Trash to Treasure-Garden Seed Storage
Create storage for garden seeds using an inexpensive thrift store find!
Hello, sweet friends!
I hope today’s post finds you well!
Today I’m super excited to be sharing this month’s first Trash to Treasure project!!
Except the item that I repurposed was definitely not trash. At least not to me.
You all know how I love to cook and bake, so this recipe box was a special find for me. Of course, I have FAR too many recipes to keep in a small box like this, and I wouldn’t any way for fear they would get damaged.
Still, I love to think that this one was used in someone’s home and family for many years which makes it a treasure not trash.
But, since the box has just been sitting in my stash for a couple of years not having any purpose, I decided to give it one.
Here’s what you’ll need:
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Paint(** I used a mix of Waverly Moss and white for the box and black for the lettering)
Handle ( I repurposed an old window latch)
How to Create Garden Seed Storage Box:
Give the recipe box a light sanding to prepare it for paint. (This step isn’t necessary per instructions on chalk paint but I do it anyway.) Wipe the box down with a clean damp cloth to remove any dust.
Apply the first coat of paint. (I started with just the Moss color, but as it dried I felt it was a bit darker than what I wanted.)
So I mixed in some white and tada the perfect green!
***You can definitely tell the difference.
Once the first coat of paint dries (about 30 minutes) give the box a good sanding and apply another coat of paint. Allow that to dry completely (about 1 hour).
Distress the box by giving it a light sanding (especially around the edges).
Add your hardware. I used this handle from one of our old windows. I think it adds the perfect rustic charm I was looking for. But you could use any handle or knob. You could even get creative and use an old spoon or piece of metal.
Add your stencil. I measured the top of the box. Found center and marked where I wanted the stencils to line up with a pencil. (I wiped the line away later with a damp cloth.)
Distress your lettering with a light sanding.
And VIOLA! That unused recipe box is now going to be a MUCH used storage box for all my garden seeds!
I haven’t ordered any new seeds this year because I’m not sure what our time table will be once we put our current home on the market. But I did have some leftover from last year!
To get them organized I just used some index cards I had on hand and marked them with a highlighter. Green for veggies, pink for fruit, and so on. Nothing fancy but it keeps my seeds organized in one place and I LOVE that!
Everything I used for this project I already had on hand so the cost was $0
Now I know not everyone has a recipe box on hand, but you could really use any kind of box. Heck, even a shoebox! Just wrap it with some pretty paper!
The weather is expected to drop down below freezing several nights here, so I won’t be out gardening just yet. But when it warms up, I’m ready to plant!
I hope you enjoyed April’s Trash To Treasure-Garden Seed Storage!
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