There are certain project supplies…or “idea” supplies… that I stalk thrift stores for until I finally find them, and this project is the perfect example of that. I’ve been on the hunt for wooden salad bowls for months and months and rarely saw any in a shape that I could work with. I was being picky, yes, but as of last week, IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!
Because, my friends, I found the perfect…no really, PERFECT, bowls at Goodwill. They were solid, in seriously good shape, and they even had ridges (bonus!).
I picked out two that worked well together (I know! I should have bought the lot!), brought them home, gave them a quick wipe down, and got to work. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
From Salad Bowls to Pumpkin…
For this project, I needed to paint them orange- so I chose an autumn-y shade and a cheap sponge brush.
I had originally planned on distressing them a little, but as it turned out, I didn’t need to! A relatively dry (i.e., very little paint) sponge gave me a rustic paint job that didn’t look forced. Oh, and guess what- cupcake box liners make excellent paint mixing bowls. Who knew?
Once the interior dried (which was super quick), I worked on the outside of each bowl, ending up with a pair like this.
I was really happy with the result, despite having little to no talent with painting! So, here’s where I’m going with this project:
It looks a little pumpkin-esque, no? I just needed to add some hardware.
First up, a teeny tiny hinge, to turn my salad bowls into a pumpkin – shaped box!
And last, but not least, a knob for the top. I headed to my local Habitat ReStore because I knew they had a bin of salvaged knobs. But as I pawed through it, my fingers found a swirly, ornate little swag / coat hook. At first, I held it sideways- as its original purpose would dictate- and pondered if I could use it for another project. I mean, it was only $0.50! But as I was putting it back in the bin, and I held it by the narrow tip, I realized just how “gourd stem-like” it looked.
I swear I heard a chorus of repurposing angels break out into song.
The Big Reveal
And just like that (with the help of a drill and my husband, Jon), I had a seriously cute pumpkin – shaped trinket box to use for autumn décor.
I know I say this all the time, but can you stand it? The cuteness, I mean? I feel like I’m having a dorky-crafting mic-drop moment right now…and I’m ALSO wondering if the rest of those bowls are still at my Goodwill…hmm…