$4 Men’s Valet Box (perfect for Father’s Day!)

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For $4 you can’t beat a thrift store makeover like this men’s valet box. Perfect for gift giving!

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

Hello beautiful friends!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was ahhh-mazing here. It’s been a much colder (and rainier) spring than usual so it was nice to have big sunny skies and mid 70’s to low 80’s weather.
Sadly it’s going back to the weirdness that it’s been tomorrow. Boo!

Anyway, this little project today made time for other projects. Why?? Because it was so darn simple to do!

You might remember it’s from my latest haul >>> Thrift Store Haul #2

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

You know, the one I said I didn’t know what it was but that it’d make a cool charging station. And quite a few of you laughed and said that’s because it’s a charging station! haha Duh, oh well. Sort of like my dingy “slip” when Christy and I went thrifty shopping in our last video >>> here. (<<< you can also see the first makeover from the haul above, that tray)
Oh well, I do keep my family entertained around here! lol I always say I’m good for that anyway. ;)

Men’s Valet Box Makeover

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

Here is how it started…

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

Kinda yucky and needs some love. But I can totally see how it is a men’s valet box charging station now.
It was just so odd to me with that top and all.

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So I wiped it down and pulled the felt-ish paper out.

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

The top piece didn’t play nice. So instead of spending hours trying to remove that, I simply sanded to smooth out what was left.
I saved those other two pieces as a guide to cutting the new material.

But first!

I took it outside and gave it about 2 coats of black satin spray paint.
Once it was dry, I started adding the “material”…which ended up being tissue paper.

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

I simply laid it in and pressed with my fingernail along the edges to mark where I need to cut. So easy! (see the lines I made?)

And then I used the two old pieces to mark for those pieces.

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

I really wanted to use fabric to line these but I didn’t have anything on hand that was “manly” enough.
This tissue paper was about the manliest thing I had. (not that it is necessarily manly but you know)

Once they were cut I attached them using Mod Podge.

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

Once that was dry I sealed it with a coat of Satin topcoat. (it looks dark when wet, see above)

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

I also spray painted the handle and new knob with chrome colored spray paint. I thought that was kind of “manly”. lol Plus I also thought that would go nicely with the black paint.
The tiny knob was the perfect size for the top piece that actually didn’t come with a knob. It came off of another project I made over.
So much easier to open that top section now. (I just drilled a centered hole and attached the knob)

And that is it! 

Done…

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

The top little tray is perfect for holding car keys, wallet, cards, thumb drives, chapstick, etc.

The drawer, jewelry, watches, etc.

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

I love the black finish so much better.

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

Cute little knob…

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

But let’s see that charging station section! haha

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

Convenient little cutouts in the back. Plus lots of storage inside for just about anything besides phones.

For example, because of these little notches on the lid, you can pull the cord up and set the phone here and use the inside for other things.

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

I’m sure that’s what they are there for. I think. lol Whatever, it works, right??

This would be a sweet makeover for kids to do for dads on Father’s Day.

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox
I know it’s almost Mother’s Day but when I decided to make this one over I wasn’t even thinking about it being for Father’s Day.
But then realizing it’s only a month away, well, this men’s valet box would make a neat gift. If you have an old one, that is, since we can’t quite shop yet.

PIN it to save it!

$4 Thrift store find...made over simply with tissue paper and spray paint...men's valet box! Perfect for gift giving! artsychicksrule.com #mensvaletbox #valetboxideas #chargingstation #chargingbox

I’ll be sharing this 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:

Have y’all been getting outside? Doing yard stuff, gardening, etc? We have been and are also planning a raised garden too! Yippee! It’s been years since we had a garden.
You might remember in my Instagram stories me also working on our patio furniture. Anyway, I did…and I’m sharing them on Thursday.
See you then!

xo

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22 Comments

  1. I Love how that turned out. Love the black and white with the silver handles, Silver always looks so good with the black. I am sure your husband loves it. Can’t wait to get back to thrifting, I will be on the look out for a charge station like this. Great job Nancy!!

  2. Wonderful make-over. What a great gift this would be for Father’s Day or a man’s birthday. Doing it in black makes it really classy. Great Job.

  3. Nancy, you really revved up the class on this little box. I like it as a man’s valet with charging station capability. Wonderful in black.
    I can’t wait to see your post on Thursday too!

    1. Thanks, Christina! I do love the black too. I need to do more things in black…so classic! xo

  4. Good Morning from NC. your to funny didn’t realize what it was. love the makeover.
    if any shops open here I’ll be sure to snatch up some cool manly items.
    Garden9is my soul savvier. it’what kept me smiling these past 9 weeks.
    thanks for the laugh this stormy morning.

    1. Hello Roseann! And yes, I didn’t!! lol I can’t wait to get back out there whenever things open up too!xo

  5. You did a great job! The paint is so smooth and black is hard to look flawless. Very nice.

    1. Thanks, Cecilia! It really is…I thought so too. That particular spray paint was the key. It wasn’t anything I did! ;) xo

  6. Great makeover. So my hubby and I were discussing. Do you need to fix every nick and dingy on an item. I say yes if you’re reselling and it’s not a distressed look. He says get the big ones and leave the rest for character. How do you handle that? Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much, Sally! Hmm…you know, I don’t always fix the dings. But like you said, it depends on how I’m making it over. If it’s a more relaxed or distressed look, I don’t worry about it too much. If it’s something I want a little more pristine, then yes, I will definitely clean it up nicely. I will say though, much of what I makeover does have a bit of character. ;) xo

  7. Much better now! BTW, Nancy, the big back compartment is for your surge protector/extension cord to plug the phones into. Once you put the phone cords through the slots, you don’t really need to open it again 😉

    1. Thanks, Marcie!! And hahaha!!! I am just a winner with this one, I tell ya! I guess that’s why I really like the idea of keeping the phone up top!! ;) Oh, the day in the life with me!!! lol xoxo

      1. You are pretty funny, but I’m still trying to figure out how you got a cord long enough to plug the phone in back there somewhere 😂 Enjoy the laugh and the box!

        1. It wasn’t plugged in!! lol Staged for the photo to show how I thought it was supposed to go. haha Although I do think it might have reached the one on the wall below. That particular phone cord is pretty long. ;)

  8. Nancy, I know my husband would love that box. It would hold all of the the things that normally clutter his night stand. You did great job!

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