Restyled Blanket Box DIY

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In the next week or so I’ll be sharing a really fun challenge in conjunction with Direct Blinds, and this DIY is part of that challenge.
When Mr K & I moved in March I had grand ideas for all the rooms in our new home, particularly for a bedding box which I picked up at The Mustard Tree on moving day.
It was scratched and dull, plus it didn’t really go with any of our other furniture (nothing matched at first), but as part of the project I have coming up I was given the inspiration and opportunity to restyle it. Hooray!

This was a really easy & cheap diy, and it didn’t take too long either.
I know the picture isn’t awesome quality, but I had to try and hide the rest of the room so I don’t spoil the upcoming posts!

Tools You’ll Need:

Bedding/Blanket box
Paint (I used emulsion because I’m on a budget – more on that in the challenge post)
Paintbrush
Fabric (at least 1m x 1m)
Drawing Pins
Hot Glue & Gun
Hammer
Scissors
Screwdriver

1. Carefully unscrew the lid of the bedding box, and put the screws/hinges somewhere safe.

2. Paint the box base in your chosen colour. There are obviously specialist paints for furniture, and if you’re doing this properly I’d recommend sanding it down, using a base coat and a sealant when you’re done.
Like I mentioned, I’m on a really strict budget, so I just painted it in a few coats of emulsion in “seashell”. It covered pretty well, and from a previous project I know that on a display piece it wears quite well, too.
I probably wouldn’t use emulsion on a well used piece of furniture, though.

*While you’re waiting for the emulsion to dry, start to work on the lid. Since I don’t want mine to be padded (don’t want to invite people to sit on it) I just got straight down to covering it in fabric, but if you want it padded just measure the lid, buy a piece of foam to that size, and hot glue it to the lid before completing the next step. *

3. Lay out your fabric on a flat, hard surface (I used the floor) and lay the lid face down onto it. Fold the edges around so that they overlap about 1/2 inch onto the inner side of the lid. Cut around it.

4. Using drawing pins, fix the fabric to the lid by pinning it to the underside of the lid.  Either cut round the hinges, or remove them & reattach when done.  I put a pin at each corner, 1 in the middle of the shorter sides, and 2 in the middle of the longer sides – just to hold the fabric in place.  Make sure you pull it tightly so it doesn’t wrinkle. When you’re done, flip the lid over to see if it looks good. Adjust as necessary.

5. Flip it back over. Using the hot glue gun, glue down the fabric onto the lid in between the drawing pin markers.

6. For extra security, I hammered the drawing pins in properly to hold the fabric fast.
Your lid is now complete!

7. When the bedding box is dry, screw the lid back on.

Voila, you have restyled a bedding box.
In total this took me about 2 hours, not including drying time for the paint.
I’d toyed with lining the box too, or adding in compartments for washing etc, but I may do that at a later date.

Total cost £4.25.

Stay tuned in the next few days for more DIY posts and the finished room!

Final KITTY suggestive digestive-01

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