Decoupage With Fabric Paris Box
Decoupage with fabric….to create a Paris Box like this or just about anything! So many ways to use fabric decoratively.
Today is the day! The last piece from Haul #2….done!
Do you know what that means?? I get to go thrift shopping…yippee! :)
I’ll bring you all along, of course. Be sure to follow along on Instagram too for the “in the moment” sharing.
Decoupage with Fabric Paris Box
And here it is “before”…
$4.25…and I think it was half off if I remember correctly.
This one stumbled me a bit since it had that pleathery fabric top and bottom. I wasn’t sure I wanted to remove it, paint it or what.
So it sat till last.
And then it came to me….decoupage with fabric. Yes!
I began by removing the hardware and taking the two pieces apart (top and bottom) so I could work on them more easily.
I didn’t think this top piece of “pleather” would come off as easily as it did…yay!
Since the fabric I was using had black in it and the inside of the box is black (and in perfect condition, by the way), I decided to leave the black fabric/pleather on the lid alone.
Per my plan that I’d come up with, I decided to paint that top rim area black instead of trying to wrap it with fabric as they did. (can you say nightmare??)
And I also painted that brown trim around the top piece black as well. (any black craft paint will work but I’ll put everything I used in this materials list box below)
- Lamp Black Paint (any black craft paint will work)
- Rotary Cutter & Mat (this constantly goes in and out of stock…keep checking)
- Mod Podge
- Chip Brush (these are great to have on hand…I use them for a lot!)
- Black Spray Paint
- Triple Thick Glaze Spray
Then I laid the bottom half of the box on its side and measured and but a long piece of fabric to go along the outside area.
I used a chip brush to apply the Mod Podge on one side at a time.
Then I positioned the fabric over top.
As I got to the backside I would have two overlapping pieces.
I applied the Mod Podge and laid them down…
…and then using my rotary cutter, I cut through both of the pieces of fabric in the middle.
Then I lifted up the outside piece to reveal the inside cut piece.
Pulling that off I can then lay the two cut pieces together to meet in the middle.
I used the straight (uncut) edge of the fabric for the top so I’d have a nice and clean edge there.
The bottom is where I cut but using the rotary cutter really gives a nice straight line.
You can still get some loose threads though. Just go around and trim those off.
Next I turned a piece of fabric over to trace the inside of the top. I used the rotary cutter to cut the straight sides and the curved sides I cut by hand.
In full disclosure…I ended having to cut this three times. Ugh!
I kept ending up short. SO…the 3rd and final time cutting I made sure to pencil the upper edge of the inside and then I even cut on the outside of that.
And finally…success!! haha
Any areas that were long I just tucked under that trim on top.
After all of the decoupaged fabric pieces were attached, I went back over the whole thing with a slightly watered down Mod Podge mixture to seal the fabric well.
But boo…when it dried the fabric shrunk a bit on this backside where my nice seam was.
Oh well…whatcha gonna do??
Paint the seam so it blends in, of course!
Not perfect but much better than a big black “line” going down the back, right?
Once it was all dry, I used a piece of sandpaper to smooth out the bottom edge all the way around.
AND, I also sanded all of the fabric because it can get pretty rough feeling after being wet from the Mod Podge, etc.
This smooths it out so nicely. (remember that tip the next time you decoupage fabric!)
Lastly, I sprayed the small hardware and screws with black spray paint and put everything back together.
But I’m not done with it yet!
I decided to give the whole thing a little shine. I used a triple-thick glaze spray finish on everything, including the dull black “pleather” on the lid. (I only did one coat so it just gave it a nice shine)
I think it’s just adorable now. I found this fabric at the fabric store a few months ago…just before all the stay at home stuff started.
Like I mentioned above, the inside was perfect. I don’t think anyone ever even used it at all.
So glad I didn’t try to wrap the fabric up around that top lip. Black paint was the perfect answer.
This was not as easy as most of the things I share here BUT it wasn’t too hard.
It’s definitely do-able it just takes a little more time, effort, and some patience. ;)
But it feels so good to transform something so completely.
I hope you’ll give it a try!
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I’ll be sharing the last one next!
UPDATE! See it now, here!
If you missed any of the rest of Thrift Store Haul #2, you can see them all here:
- Butterfly Tray Makeover
- Welcome Box
- $4 Men’s Valet Box
- French Floral Bucket
- Beach House Platter
- Flower Display
- Decoupage With Fabric Paris Box (you are here!)
- $2 French Floral Bucket
- Thrifty Decor and Old Framed Print (with your own photo!)
I hope you have a wonderful week! See you back here on Thursday!
Wow, that turned out amazing. I realize it was a lot of work, but NOW I think if I were to do it I would wet my cotton, toss in the dryer and let it shrink first, then you would not have so much shrinkage after. It’s nice when someone else learns the lessons and shares them! Thanks!
Thank you, Marietta! And oh yes, that is smart!! That would definitely help, for sure. You are so right, thank you for sharing that too! :) xoxo
Nancy, this little box is wonderful! Beautiful fussy cutting to get that great fabric on there. Thank you for the sanding the fabric tip. So glad the interior was perfect. Wonderful makeover and I hope you enjoy it for years to come!
Thanks, Christina! It makes me so happy with the insides are good to go! Those are usually the hardest to remove and replace. ;) xo
Thanks for sharing all the details, including your little mistakes! It turned out beautiful and the black portion of the lid gives it a nice contrast to the very cute fabric.
You are very welcome, Gwen! Oh yes, you are right, the black does give it some nice contrast! xo
Hi Nancy! Suck a cute makeover. What is glaze spray and what does it do? Thank you for all your makeovers. I get so much inspiration from you and Christy!
Thanks, Cheryl! Glaze spray is just a heavier topcoat than regular poly. It’s a “thicker” poly…supposedly anyway, I didn’t really see that it was too terribly different than regular poly. Probably would be if I added more coats though. I might have to play with it some more and see!! ;) xoxo
Very cute! You know Modge Podge makes a glue for fabric now? I did a sewing box and it turned out cute!
Thanks, Kathleen! Oh nice, I didn’t know that! Will have to keep an eye out for it. :) xoxo
It’s so sweet now, Nancy, and you mastered the challenging parts. When cutting fabric (like with wood😉), it’s always better to cut a little bigger so you can trim back if needed. Be gone, sad little box with the broken off handle!
Yesss….you are so right!!! haha You’d have thought after my first mishap I’d have figured that out … but nope, I’m a slow learner! Third times the charm, I guess. ;) Thanks, Marcie! xo
Hello! I want to THANK you for sharing this beautiful & clever project with all of us. You’re so kind to share your projects especially when things don’t always go as planned. You save countless hours with your easy to follow instructions & wonderful ideas..It’s so helpful when you include things that sometimes go wrong & you tell us ahead of time how to avoid unexpected problems. You’re a muse to so many of us ladies. I really appreciate all the free projects, advice, knowledge, encouragement & so much more you give your followers. Thanks again & keep on creating. You’re great!!!
Hi Denise! Wow, thank YOU so much for taking the time to leave me such a kind comment. It is so appreciated!! And I am so so happy that you enjoy the blog and the projects I share. I always hope to be an encouragement to others. That is my goal. To share and show others how they can do and create things for their own homes. Along with budget-friendly ways to create beauty around them and hopefully giving the courage to tackle those projects and just do it! :) xoxo
I love the fabric! It is perfect on this box. I am sorry you had the shrink thing happen but your information will help others who didn’t know it either! Hope you and Christy can get together soon and take us thrifting!
Isn’t it the cutest?? Oh, I hope so too, Cecilia!!! xoxo