A new month means a new upcycled project for The Good Life Blog! If you’ll recall, I was asked to be a part of this fun group of thrifty bloggers, brought together by Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.
September usually marks the start of “Pumpkin-Flavored-Everything” Season… and for me, that means scrumptious flavored coffee! I guess chilly weather and hot beverages were on my mind the last time I was in my local Goodwill store because while I was in the kitchen section, I found these two cute wooden bins!
I *love* wooden anything from Goodwill- it means I can paint it and really personalize it to my taste. And here’s a funny side story- after I posted a picture of these, a friend of mine sent me a message because she had been the one to donate them in the first place! Isn’t that too funny? I suppose that’s what happens when you’re friends with other local makers/thrifters/crafters/lovers of vintage! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Anyway, back to the project. A crafty gift idea started to bloom in my mind, and since the bins were labeled coffee and tea, I did a quick pass by the shelf holding all the coffee mugs. There is always such a great selection of mugs, and I found two perfect mugs right away- one for each bin.
After wiping down the wooden box/bins, I set out to paint them using a creamy off-white color.
When the paint was dry and I was satisfied with the coverage, I distressed the bins just a little bit here and there, to give them a shabby chic/vintage look. I simply used a piece of fine-grain sandpaper that we had in the garage, and spent a little extra time on the front where the word carvings were. After I was satisfied with the distressing job, I rubbed some Annie Sloan clear wax on them- inside and out- and buffed them to a satin-y smooth finish.
Now it was time to assemble everything! I had decided to turn these into gift boxes, complete with a cute mug and coffee/tea from the grocery store. How great is that? The perfect thank-you gift for a co-worker…or a perk-‘em-up gift for a college student…or a gift for a tired mom who looks forward to stealing a few moments with a mug of joe or tea.
I put coffee K-cups in the coffee box and packets of tea in the tea box (of course!) along with a freshly-cleaned mug in each one. And for a finishing touch, I wrapped them in clear cellophane and tied them with pretty ribbon. Ta-da!
How about a little side-by-side comparison shot?
I love that thrifting can be used for gifts as much as it can be done for yourself. I’m fairly certain that no one would have guessed that these were inspired by and created from items found at Goodwill- but my wallet sure knows.