Numbered Storage Box

by Sherry

I purchased this box at a local junk store for $1.50.  It had been painted a pretty blue color but I wanted to use the box in my black and white office. If you missed the post on my office transformation you can see it here. Out came the heirloom white spray paint.

After 2 coats of heirloom white I traced a font found online using carbon paper.  Using a small brush I painted in the numbers.  Easy and very quick project that gives me lots of extra storage.

And here it is in my home office!
Here is one more easy transformation with paint.
This mirror was found at a garage sale for $1.00
Here it is after the transformation!  I painted the frame with heirloom white spray paint and the mirror was sprayed with 3 coats chalkboard paint. As you can see I really put this new chalkboard to use.

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MaryJanes and Galoshes April 6, 2010 - 2:55 am

Oh I really love the chalk board! Can't wait for garage sale season to start!!!

Grannys Attic April 6, 2010 - 5:11 am

I love what you did with the mirror and the chalk board. My daughter-in-law is getting ready to open her beauty shop and I get to decorate it, going to try this idea for her shop. Thanks for sharing, Vicky

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions April 6, 2010 - 11:31 am

I love this Sherry! Your office looks like it should be in a Ballard Design catalog! {I love their stuff!}. Love the storage box with the numbers and the mirror looks great as a chalkboard. Did you paint right over the mirror itself then?

Laurie at The Turner Farm April 6, 2010 - 11:47 am

great finds and love what you did with them

the thrifty ba April 6, 2010 - 1:10 pm

love the boxes!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals April 6, 2010 - 3:12 pm

LOVE it and the chalkboard in that fabulous frame.

Victoria April 6, 2010 - 3:20 pm

I love the chalkboard! It looks amazing:)

A Cottage Muse April 6, 2010 - 4:50 pm

Wonderful projects! I am going to make one of those chalkboards for my daughter's dorm room! So glad I stopped by!!

Creations By Cindy April 6, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Great job. I really like the storage box. Be blessed. Cindy

Susan April 6, 2010 - 11:07 pm

I absolutely love the mirror!!

Anita April 7, 2010 - 1:07 am

Super cool. I passed up one of these mirrors at Goodwill today…maybe I'll head back there tomorrow! Just got my prize- so awesome! I posted some pix on our blog. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Leslie, the Home Maker April 7, 2010 - 3:14 am

I'd love to "work" in your office!
I wouldn't get much done, I would just sit and stare at all the pretties!
The chandy above the desk is just gorgeous and so is the new-to-you mirror!
Oh, and the boxes are very clever, too 🙂
Blessings to you!

sissie April 7, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Hi Sherry,
I think your office is absolutely stunning!
How in the world do you keep it so neat!
The box you found is perfect and the mirror made into a message board looks wonderful.

Love it all.


[email protected] Charm April 7, 2010 - 1:06 pm

How neat…luv both of your ideas! You did a great job on those boxes and that $1.00 chalkboard is so stunning…thanks for sharing them at NTT:)


Diann @ The Thrifty Goove April 7, 2010 - 4:07 pm

Oh Sherry! both of these turned out wonderful! What a great find in both of those and you can't beat the price!!

kim April 7, 2010 - 2:27 pm

I love what you did with the box and mirror. Everyone seems to love that heirloom white spray paint. I love your apple green and black office. Love those colors together.

FleaMarketTrixie April 7, 2010 - 4:13 pm

I love the frame turned chalkboard, so pretty, great job!

[email protected] April 7, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Your office looks great! Love all the black and very cute project.


Cindy Geilmann April 7, 2010 - 8:20 pm

What an amazing room you have. Love the chalk board.

come visit
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Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something April 7, 2010 - 9:29 pm

That frame and chalkboard are absolutely charming! I love it! Hope to see you back at my place. I have become a follower and hope that you will do the same. until later…

Joan April 7, 2010 - 11:40 pm

OMG! A fellow Virginian! I am so glad I stopped by. My daughter lives a street off Monument Avenue so I was so glad to see your post about the Easter festivities. Come out to the Shenandoah Valley to Applejack Lane and visit a spell. I'll add you to my list to follow. I will be back very soon.

clustres April 8, 2010 - 4:35 am

I do a lot of chalkboards myself and I really love yours! Pam

Anne - Fiona and Twig April 9, 2010 - 1:17 am

Those re-do's are just wonderful!
Very chic and they add such elegance to your office. 🙂

Have a wonderful Friday!

Debbie April 9, 2010 - 1:51 am

I love what you did to that mirror, it is awesome!~ I love your blog name, yep that's me too!~ Far from minimalist…but I like my decor it makes me feel at home and cozy inside:) I am having my first giveaway, hope you can join in the fun….it is an easy fast one:)

Prior April 9, 2010 - 2:31 am

Both project are just right, the boxes so sophisticated and the mirror, so swank… Lezlee

Yvonne @ StoneGable April 9, 2010 - 2:38 am

Sherry, This is a fabulous post! I love the new chalkboard. WOW! I would love to have this! Now I'll be on the lookout for this kind of a mirror! Beautiful.
And about the Paula Deen tour- a must! We learned so much about her and went to some wonderful places. Ask for Elizabeth, she is the best. And when you go, tell her I said HI!

tales from an oc cottage April 9, 2010 - 3:44 am

I ADORING your mirror!!!

m ^..^

Bella April 9, 2010 - 5:35 am

Hi Sherry .. what a great office! Nice to have a beautiful place to work! I love the font style on the numbered boxes. Pretty!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle April 9, 2010 - 11:25 am

Your office is to die for! and the mirror is pure brilliant!

sweet european dreams April 9, 2010 - 1:56 pm

the mirror is amazing and I will HAVE to do the boxes – My home is in great need of 0RGANIZATION…

Hope Filled Living April 9, 2010 - 2:21 pm

Your blog is beautiful. I love this post and what you've done with the metal filing cabinets. I've seen these at junk shops quite a bit but never knew how to "pretty" them up!
Have a great day!

Mikey April 9, 2010 - 3:33 pm

What a great site! You know your not a minimalist when you have about thirty of the same or simlar things, and think it's normal! I hope you'll check out my new blog!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home April 9, 2010 - 4:13 pm

What a beautiful room! I love that heirloom white spray paint! I have so many things painted with that in my home!!!

browneyes_24b April 9, 2010 - 8:08 pm

Hi there! Stopping by from New Friend Friday @ the Girl Creative. Your blog name drew me in, and I love your creations! I can't wait to see more from you, as I am always looking for inspiration!

Have a great Friday!

AshTreeCottage April 9, 2010 - 10:52 pm

I love that chalkboard!!

Susan and Bentley

vignette design April 10, 2010 - 4:34 am

Oh, I love your blog! Love the chalkboard, especially on the apple green wall The numbered boxes are so great too.

Sue April 11, 2010 - 3:08 am

two great bargains and I love what you did with them..the boxes especially look great with the numbers stenciled on…great job!

Sonia April 11, 2010 - 4:22 am

I love what you have done in your office..those green walls are awesome with the black furniture and pieces. I really love those little boxes and that mirror was a steal…it turned out beautifully…I'm going to try that with an old mirror I have…thanks for the inspiration and your sweet visit. I following you now too! Good luck with the giveaway!

Ticking and Toile April 11, 2010 - 4:19 pm

ok…very cute! love the box & love the chalkboard! You did a fantastic job!


P.s. thanks for stopping by & entering my giveaway ~ got my fingers crossed for you!

Nancy April 12, 2010 - 2:31 am

I just love your office! I know I've said it before but I do! The chalkboard you made is just the cutest thing…what a great idea! I like the storage box too. You've got great taste and quite creative.


p/s I haven't forgotten about the wash basin bowl…I just haven't found anything on it. I did find a couple of similar pieces but my pics are black and white and very old, from an old book. I will keep looking around and if I find out what potter or pattern name I'll let you know. I know you love that piece regardless of what it's worth and/or who made it but it will be interesting to find out anything.

Have a great night!

miss corner cape April 12, 2010 - 2:31 am

what fantastic transformations! i never find such good and cheap deals. lucky you. thank you so much for your kind comment on my sunroom, and for stopping by the cape on the corner!

shabbyrosetreasures April 12, 2010 - 3:23 am

Oh WOW! This is the coolest! I love to makeover mirrors, never thought about the chalkboard idea thank you! If you have a moment stop by
I am giving away a pretty rose teapot this month! Hugs,

Susie from Bienvenue April 12, 2010 - 4:04 am

What a pretty room to call your office. I love that color green…so fresh and fun!

Karena April 12, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Love the numbered boxes!! very cool transformation!

Art by Karena

I have a fascinating interview with artist Robert Anders up on my site.

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home April 12, 2010 - 4:06 pm

Hi Sherry! There is a surprise waiting for you on my page…come see!

Jenglamgirl April 13, 2010 - 3:23 am

Great home office, love the black and white! the poofy pillow and the cute handmade boxes. LOOKS GREAT! JGG

Red Door Home April 13, 2010 - 10:11 am

Your office looks wonderful! SO many great projects.

[email protected] Ground April 13, 2010 - 7:27 pm

Hi Sherry, Your office is just fabulous, love the black and green color scheme, just beautiful and those numbered files are great!


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