Shabby Paris Towel Holder

I am so excited to share my latest upcycle with you! My sister just returned from France, and will be visiting soon. I wanted something pretty for the guest bathroom to hold towels with a nod to her recent travels, and I think I may have found just the thing.
 I found this box (bor-ing!) at one of my favorite thrift stores recently and would typically not have grabbed it, but I love the bamboo inset, and figured I couldn’t go wrong with the $3 price tag.
 I liked the dark color that was already on the inside and outside edges, so I taped off the areas around the textured inset I wanted to paint, and gave it a few good coats of Krylon satin white spray paint.
 I played around with the layout for my stencils, trimmed them down a bit and used black acrylic paint and my sponge paint pouncer to stencil on the images.
 After the paint was dry, I used #220 sandpaper to distress the sides, bottom and edges of the towel box.
And this is what I ended up with! I filled my “new” French-inspired towel box full of soft white towels, and some pretty smelling soap, and she is ready to grace the guest bath counter. 

I had to sneak in the name of my blog too, which was the house number of the home I grew up in.  My grandparents built it, farmed the land it sits on, and sat on apple crates around our humble kitchen table in order to finish the house where they raised their family, and ultimately retired.  I don’t know how long the home will stay in the family, but four generations of our family have lived there, and made memories within it’s walls.  I love my home, but I sure do miss the carefree days of running through the orchard, the smell of oats in the barn, and juicy fresh peaches. 
Wishing you a blessed, wonderful day full of the stuff that memories are made of
xoxo, Tanya
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  1. Great upcycle, Tanya! I bet your sister will love the homage 🙂

    I was happy to read to origin of your blog name, too – it's kind of like finally reading the part that explains how a book got its title! Sounds like a lovely place!

  2. Well look at that! That turned out perfectly! Your stenciling is drip free – how do yo do that? I always have so many problems with paint leaking under the stencil. Your sister will love this – she may even want to take it home with her!

  3. beautiful – and anything that reminds your sister of those precious childhood memories is going to make her smile!

  4. Fantastic transformation on such a good deal! Inspired,
    I am your newest follower,

  5. I LOVE this, but couldn't find any way to "pin" it for future reference? Could you help me out? Thanks.

  6. I LOVE what you did but coulnd't find anywhere to "pin" it for future reference. Could you please help me out with that? Thanks.

  7. Love it, it looks great! Thanks for linking up to The Fun In Functional!

  8. Really cute and turned out well. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please stop by to check it out :)

  9. Love it, and love the personal story with it as well. You are an amazing and talented lady Tanya! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  10. The box is adorable. You did a fabulous job!

  11. love your towel holder! your stensiling turned out great.


  12. so lovely

  13. That is so cute–I love it! Great job.

  14. This turned out gorgeous! You did a wonderful job on the stenciling too.

  15. Such a cool idea! Thanks


  17. Love this! You did a great job, painting and stenciling!

  18. I would say your special touches turned a frog into a prince. It turned out just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Seen this on diy home sweet home, very nice work! Crafty Chic

  20. This is too cute!!! Way to go – I wanna make one, now! 🙂

    Stringtown Home

  21. This absolutely came out fabulous! LOVE IT! What an inspirational post! I would love it if you share this awesome post at our What's It Wednesday linky party. I hope you can join us!


  22. The box is so pretty. I love the stencils you used.


  23. Came over from DIY. I love all of your projects so much, I am your newest Bloglovin' Follower. I probably would have passed this up, but you were able to find its inner beauty!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

    P.S. Love the origin of your blog's name!

  24. What an awesome transformation! Love it! Found you at DIY Dreamer and I'm now a follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Have a Happy 4th! Jud

  25. I love this! If you haven't already I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore, Read, and Made Link party


  26. This is so charming – I love it!

  27. I love how this turned out! Storage and pretty all in one.

  28. My daughter would love this! I'll have to keep it in mind.

  29. Looks really cute, Tanya! I'd love to have that! I'm also doing some French-inspired posts this week, if you'd like to have a look:

  30. Great idea and it turned out so cool. I love the story behind the number. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches 🙂

  31. This is too adorable. I love the price tag and the before, what a wonderful Redoux! Thank you so much for sharing at my party. I am featuring it today, starts at 2:00 EST. Happy weekend.! -K

  32. Hi Tanya,

    Love what you did with that thrifted box! I also love the story of your family home and farm. A simpler time.
    Thank you for sharing,

    Leanne@ The Burlap Cottage

  33. Your new towel holder has been featured for Functional Friday!

    Thanks so much for linking up!


  34. This is absolutely beautiful! Love the stencilling and the vintage feel.

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! 🙂

  35. This is great!! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" Hopefully we'll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week's party! 🙂 -The Sisters

  36. This is such a pretty towel holder.

    Mrs. Delightful

  37. I looks great! I love it! Maybe my guest room needs one too!

  38. I looks great! I love it! Maybe my guest room needs one too!

  39. Nice work! Thank you for sharing this project.

  40. Tanya, it's a beautiful upcycle you have done with it, I love the french words, it looks very elegant.

  41. What a sweet update! I love that you incorporated the 1208!

  42. A great project that brings such a personalized touch into the space. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.

  43. Turned out fabulous! thanks for sharing at Uncommon! 😉

  44. Congrats!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Come on over and grab your featured button 🙂

  45. IxJkze You have brought up a very excellent points , appreciate it for the post.

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