We are lucky enough to own the amazing Harry Potter Blu-ray/DVD Collection in a display with all its nooks and drawers. Then, browsing in our local bed & bath shop, we happened across the Lori Greiner makeup organizer and thought, A-HA! Let's just try making one of those great organizer boxes ourselves! So we bring to you: The Wizarding Organizer Box.
You can use any multi-drawer organizer for this project. The techniques should apply to any plastic or wooden boxes.
Step 1: Assemble Your Materials.
You will need:
- Small hack saw for taking apart your original box
- Antique white acrylic paint
- Gold acrylic paint
- Dk.Green acrylic paint
- Dk. Blue acrylic paint
- Burgundy acrylic paint
- Small shallow containers for paint
- Narrow Paint brushes
- Antique white spray paint
- Burgundy spray paint
- Painters tape
- Metallic gold paint marker
- ArtMinds Antique Wax
- Small ring drawer pulls
Step 2: Take Apart Your Original Box and Apply Your Base Paints.
We started by sawing through the wooden dowels that act as hinges so that the drawers turn out and took the box apart.
We taped off the edges and painted everything on the inside of each section with a cream colored spray paint. We had to go over this with acrylic crafting paint to get into all the nooks and crannies.
We also painted over the mirror.
We then stacked the box back together and painted the outside with a deep red spray paint.
Step 3: Add the Diamond Patterns.
Now for the diamond pattern on the inside of the drawers.
We measured off the area into equal squares and triangles in pencil.
Then we taped off the edges of one color at a time and painted that color. Let it dry well so that the tape doesn’t pull the paint off.
Re-tape and paint each color in turn.
Please note that the paint colors are a little brighter before the box is antiqued.
Step 4: Add the Gold Lines and Stars.
Next measure off the outside of the box into equal squares and mark for the gold lines in pencil.
Note that some of the squares fall across the edges of the drawers.
With a careful hand and a ruler use the gold paint marker to mark the gold lines onto the outside of the box.
Draw a small star at the junctions of the squares.
We marked gold squares onto the inside of the lid and outlined the diamond pattern on the drawers as well.
Step 5: Apply the Antiquing.
Wax the entire box inside and out with Antique Wax to give it an antique finish.
This wax paint is made for use with chalk paint and is great because it does not remove other paints the way some oil based waxes can.
If you need to even out the antique color then go over the brown wax with a clear wax and rub it around a bit. Allow this to dry.
Step 6: Add Your Drawer Pulls.
We added small antique brass pull rings to look as much as possible like our inspiration piece.
Step 7: Reassemble Your Box and Add a Final Decal.
The last step is to apply a decal to the inside of the lid.
The decal we found was printed on white vinyl so we trimmed it to the edge of the printing.
Apply this using the gold lines to make sure to get it straight.
We wiped a light coating of brown wax over this to blend it in with the rest of the box.
We reassembled the box using the same dowel that we cut off by putting a spring down in the hole before forcing the rod back under the lip at the top.
Put the lid back on with the original screws and you are done.