Home decor Upcycle

How to Recycle a Clear Box Top to Bookcase Accessory

Box upcycled to hold bookcase accessory using tape and paint | The Chelsea Project Blog | www.thechelseaproject.com

I had no intention of posting today.

The plan was to spend the day working on projects.

But…when I stumbled across this little ditty…

I sort of felt like the kid who got a great gift…

..but put it aside

to play with the box.


It all started with this greenery.


Once the box was empty….


…it vaguely resembled a very expensive domed accessory.

One I had wanted…

for a very long time.

But….I was skeptical

if the bottom could ever look like the domed accessory

in my mind’s eye.


Last time I painted cardboard…

I learned a lot about how it behaves.

Bottom line…

it takes paint very well if it is reinforced.

…And…so the taping began…

First…..reinforce under the platform.


Then the sides….

By the way……I covered the holes that you can see in this photo.

IMG_1928Take your time with this and really reinforce the sides.


Try to make the tape seamless……and completely cover every speck of cardboard.


Make the tape cuts with a straight edge.

Some projects can have sloppy underbellies…

…but not this one.


Then…paint with your favorite chalk paint color.

I painted everything except the very inside of the box…

in a bright indigo blue…

then dry brushed with black…

just to add dimension.


I had my eye on displaying this antique plane.


But…it has this rusty and very sharp edge underneath.

So….I’d rather nobody picked it up to have a closer look.


Nestled inside this little dome…..

it looks important…

and is safe to have displayed in the bookcase.


Since the top is plastic…

I don’t think I’d use it on the coffee table

or in formal areas.


But…it will look fine

in the upstairs bookcase…

…as a bookend.

…And..yes….we are STILL working on that bookcase.




So easy…and so much fun.

Aren’t boxes simply amazing?


Until next time,

Happy decorating,



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  • Reply ourfrenchoasis March 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Hi, I just love this and cannot wait to try it. Found your blog thanks to your comment on the Cedar Hill blogpost today. I too started out mid-January, actually I started in October but only for friends, I made the decision to go public as it were mid January, so I know just how you are feeling, one minute euphoria and the next wondering why I am doing it! But I know it will all be worth it, the comments make it so worthwhile. Do come on over and take a look at my blog and follow if you like. Good luck and have a great weekend. Susan 🙂

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog March 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words and follow. I will indeed check you out when I get home. Right now I’m in the middle of Hobby Lobby…..my fav place. Lol. Will be in touch soon. 🙂 Suz

  • Reply Susie Burrows March 15, 2015 at 3:51 am

    OMGosh! This is so great to see. I also read the comment from ourfrenchoasis. Good for you ladies. I am so trying to figure out how to do this. Blog. Time will tell. Love your tape idea. The display is perfect. Some day I will change my personal email name. It is over 15 years old. It seems so silly now, but it has a story to it.

  • Reply Jane Beckenham March 15, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    What a great idea, nice to use what you have rather than going out and buying something specific.

    Reading about your newbie blog Anita’s blog is one of many things i’ve read this week that is inspiring me to get back into it.


  • Reply growingupmomma March 18, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    This is an awesome project! I had never thought to repurpose clear boxes like this, I wish I had your creativity! Definitely pinning this for next time i come upon one, thank you so much for sharing! I love your blog 🙂

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