The Peacock Office in a Box

 If you're thinking you've heard this before, you are correct!  This is not a first, but it is a beauty and I must share it with you.  At the end of this post, I will share the links to the original 'Office In a Box'. 

But, first, let me welcome you back to the 'Do It Over' Designers blog hop.  We are a group of bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY.  I'm so happy to host this blog hop and hope you'll visit everyone to see what they have to share with you.  Their links will be listed at the end of this post. 

Now, let's talk about that box....
Needless to say, it didn't look anything like this when I found it.

I saw an ad on fb marketplace for a silverware box and when I picked it up I was pleased to see it still contained the silver.  It wasn't a complete set and also contained some odd pieces, but for $5 I wasn't complaining.  Take a look at this pattern:
Sorry, I digress.....

The box was quite scuffed-up and the veneer on the top was lifting/missing in several places.  I knew it wasn't going to be refinished to the original wood.
The sides just needed a good sanding.
Between my orbital sander and hand-sanding, I had the finish off in no time.
The top sanded out better than expected, but there was still some gluing and filling needed. 
The faded red velour on the inside was torn out.
And all of the inside surfaces were sanded smooth.
All of the dirty work was done!

The outside was stained with Red Mahogany and sealed with polycrylic.  Pretty easy!
Then I got to work on the inside.  
First, I measured the perimeter and depth of the box. I cut a strip of fabric to fit (plus a little extra), folded over the edge, and used Aleen's Tacky glue to hold it in place.  Tacky glue was smeared over the entire inside edge of the box.
The strip of fabric was applied.
A piece of fabric was cut to fit the back hinge between the box top and bottom.  I did not photograph that step this time, but the details can be found HERE on the original Office in a Box post.
The same process was used to cover the bottom and a large paint stirrer was cut down, covered with fabric, and glued, creating a place for pens.
The inside of the top was also covered.
It was time to turn my attention to the outside again, particularly the top.  As I stated before, it was too damaged to save the wood, so I cut a piece of fabric to fit and attached it with Mod Podge.
A length of gold trim was attached with hot glue to cover the raw edge.
The box was done!
I absolutely love repurposing old silverware boxes!
Not only are they pretty, they are very roomy.
This one lives on the table next to my laptop.  It holds my notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighter, post-it-notes, you name it.  Everything I need is in one place and no, it does not normally look this neat and tidy!

It reminds me of the Queen's Despatch Box - it contains MY important papers.  If you watch The Crown, you know what I mean.

The original Office in a Box can be seen HERE.
The story behind it - because there's ALWAYS a story, can be found HERE.

Now It's a Jewelry Box can be found HERE.

As I said at the beginning of this post this is the 'Do It Over' Designers Blog Hop.  Be sure to visit the links below for some amazing inspiration!

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Chas’ Crazy Creations

Cloches & Lavender

Doodle Buddies

Little Vintage Cottage

Modern on Monticello

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Unique Creations by Anita


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  1. WOW - I am so impressed - this is beautiful! I love your fabric choice, the final outcome and especially your vision! This would make such a great gift for someone going off to college!

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    1. As soon as I saw the fabric, I knew I had to have it. At the time, I had no idea what it would become. Then I found the silverware box, and as they say, the rest is history!

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  2. Oh, that is so pretty!! I see silverware boxes at thrift stores occasionally, I may have to pick the next one up I see!

    Tania

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    1. Thank you, Tania. You should - I have another one almost done - different purpose, though. I may save it for our next hop!

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  3. Oh my! You really created a fabulous work of art in transforming this silverware box! It looks beautiful! Well done, Ann!

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    1. Thank you, Gail. It really is a 'labor of love'!

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  4. Wow was my first reaction when I saw this; it's stunning Ann! I don't have a silverware box, but do have a similar box; all I need is a beautiful fabric like this one. Love both your versions, but that Peacock fabric?! Where did you find it?

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    1. Thank you, Sara. Believe it or not, I found the fabric in Walmart. It was the end of the bolt so I bought what was left. I'm so glad I did!

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  5. What an excellent project. I think I will make one for each of my D-in-Laws as...i have several boxes in my stash! perfect for setting on a table and storing your laptop. Grins and thanks, Sandi

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    1. My day is complete, Sandi. I've inspired you! I'd love to see yours when they're done!

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  6. Wow, that is very impressive Anne. I love the peacock theme it looks so elegant.

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    1. Thank you, Anita. I'm pretty happy with it!

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  7. What a fun creation and I love how it turned out. Thank you so much for sharing and wonderful hopping with you.

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    1. Thank you so much! Happy to share, but wish I knew who you were!

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  8. What an amazing transformation Ann. Love how it turned out.

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    1. Thank you, Terrie. How sweet of you to stop by!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I'm glad you like it!

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  10. What a lovely makeover. That fabric is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. This fabric really is a hit!

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  11. Wow Ann, this is an amazing transformation. The fabric is beautiful and the trim adds elegance.

    Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

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  12. Oh! That is so beautiful! I just love that fabric, and your hard work really paid off. Gorgeous. I would love for you to share it at the Thursday Favorite Things party this Thursday through Saturday!

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    1. Thank you, Pam - and I will see you at Thursday Favorite Things!

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  13. Good job. Thank you for sharing. Love the fabric also.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad you like it!

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  14. Oooh I LOVE this! What a great idea, and your fabric is so beautiful and fun! Thanks for the great idea, and for hosting the hop - I'm off to another right now!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. I'm glad you like it - and enjoy the hop!

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  15. Oh wow Ann !! Really love this fabulous makeover ! I love upcycling projects especially if they turn out functional, like yours.
    Thank you for hosting this lovely blog hop. So glad to be a part of it.
    Much love
    Naush

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    1. Thank you so much, Naush. I love this hop and am so glad you are a part of it!
      Have a wonderful week.

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  16. Ann, this is absolutely gorgeous and quite the reformation! Don’t know if you are aware, but I have a PASSION for peacocks! It started when I discovered my husband’s ancestor who’s honest to goodness first name was Peacock. He was a spy for Washington during the Revolution. My house has peacock decor, I decorate with a peacock theme at Christmastime, and I even hosted a theme party. I adore the fabric you used. Can you tell me where you found it, who makes it, etc?

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    1. Thank you, Debbee. I did not know about your passion for peacocks and what an interesting story! I love them too, along with flamingos - I'm a complicated woman HaHa!! I don't recall who makes the fabric, but I actually found it in Walmart. The colors caught my eye and I knew I had to have it. Sorry I can't be more help, but if I ever find more of it I plan on grabbing it. Shall I get you some too?
      Have a great week!

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  17. Ann,
    What a great project!! So elegant looking!! Love it! Thanks so much for topping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you Debbie. The color is what originally caught my eye.

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  18. What a transformation! This box is stunning.

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  19. That fabric is stunning! You did such a great job on this makeover. I'm sure you will enjoy it so much. Thanks for sharing in the blog hop and pulling everything together again this time.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. As I was working on it, I knew it was 'a keeper'. I love this hop and can't wait to see what everyone does next time!

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    1. Thank you, Dixie. I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you'll come back again soon!

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  21. What a stunning transformation! Great find and beautiful job restoring this old gem.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I really do love how it turned out and I'm glad you do too!

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  22. That certainly is very pretty! What a great way to redo a box like that!

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    1. Thank you so much. I hate to see them tossed aside.

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  23. Hi Ann, well, this is just an amazing upcycle. That peacock fabric is so beautiful and does look like the time period of the silver inside. maybe art nouveau or early art deco. You did a beautiful job on the fabric inside and cording. so pretty! I'm featuring your office box on All About Home Monday evening. Thanks so much for joining in for the party!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature, Debra! The silver pattern reminds me of art deco too. I wish there was more of it but we still use it every day!

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  24. This is absolutely gorgeous! And a great idea:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. I'm so glad you like it!

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  25. An office in a box is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing your work with us at EH&F!

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    1. Thank you, Jenn. It's the perfect solution - everything in one place and you can close the lid to hide any mess!

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  26. Such a fantastic transformation. I hope you join us again, this Monday.
    Naush

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  27. This was a labor of love. I have that same fabric and it's such a win here. I adore this project. It must make you happy to use it. Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday.

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    1. This is one of my favorites and I actually bought more of the fabric for future projects. Thanks for stopping by!

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  28. I wondered how you added the divider - a paint stirrer, brilliant! Gosh, you do such a lovely job with these flatware boxes. The peacock fabric is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Marie. I fell in love with the fabric and I actually found more of it online....yes, I ordered more!

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