You know what’s crazy? There are only 11 days left in May. Yep. Just 11 days. And then we’re officially into summer and it’s all about snow cones, baseball games, and long days of warm sunshine. Seriously, this month has flown by–I wish time would just chill out and slow down a bit so this nice weather would stick around forever. Is that too much to ask?! Maybe. Anyway, today I am sharing this bright and happy Spring centerpiece featuring vintage hat boxes and a fun little DIY project.
So a few days ago I was browsing on the Close5 app, which is my current obsession, and came across these amazing hat boxes.
I have always loved old hat boxes. I see them all the time in antique shops, but I’ve never owned any myself. So when I saw these on the app, where the seller had this whole stack listed for only 20 bucks, I snagged them up as soon as my little fingers could type. If you aren’t familiar with the Close5 app, I did a full review here. It’s basically a neighborhood yard sale in the form of an app. Awesomeness.
Step one for the boxes was paint. I’ve been dying to try out this Magnolia Home paint I received several weeks back, so this was the perfect project for it. I used the colors Ella Rose, which is like a dusty light pink color, as well as Gatherings, which is a a soft gray/greenish color. The paint went on beautifully and is very pigmented. I love it. I also used my old go-to: Annie Sloan Pure White chalk paint.
Step two was adding a bit of fun with stencils. I wanted to paint a border on each box, so I picked up these Martha Stewart adhesive stencils from Michaels. These worked perfectly for this project.
Boom. A little paint and stencil work and these babies are brand new. All 6 of them are in this centerpiece display!
I’m in love with these boxes. And I had so much fun styling them. I liked mixing it up with the lids on top of some of the boxes and on the bottom of others. I was actually surprised to find how heavy these boxes are–I was expecting them to be thin and made of cardboard, like the ones you see at craft stores these days. Nope, not here. These are made of wood and heavy duty.
After painting the boxes I distressed them quite a bit with sand paper. For the border I put the stencil in place and dry brushed on gray paint, instead of black, to keep the look subtle. The colors of the boxes are so soft and feminine, I wanted the border to blend in and have the same feel.
You know I have to add a white spindle in there. I just can’t help myself.
So there you have it! A very happy and bright centerpiece. Who knew old hat boxes would make such a fun centerpiece?! I love how the Magnolia Home paint gave this look a very fresh and Spring-y feel. I mixed up the colors for a bit of variety, I didn’t want them all to look the same, but they blend together so nicely. And I’m pretty jazzed about finally having my own set of hat boxes–Close5 app for the win! Let me know what you think of this look, I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you have boxes like this please let me know what you use them for. I’m thinking the possibilities are endless with these babies. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to track me down on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. And big thanks to the lovely folks at Close5 for sponsoring this post!