Project Seventeen: More with Paint Chips


Found Item: Plain pressboard cube with interior shelf.

Where: If your job history includes selling furniture and accessories at the Crate and Barrel, then you know about schtickle.  It comes from a yiddish word meaning “a little something,” (see the Seinfeld episode where Jerry goes to his friend Tim, the dentist).  Crate and Barrel schtickle is the stuff that’s chipped, slightly damaged or too discontinued(disco is the retail lingo) to be resent to the warehouse.  It’s put on a back shelf near the mail desk, and employees can buy it for a little something, though usually closer to next to nothing—which is as it should be given what retail pays.  This cube was a schtickle score from my retail past, though not nearly my best, which was 12 place settings of Gourmet silverware that we use everyday.

The Makeover: A Saturday raid of the Ralph Lauren paint samples at Home Depot yielded this black and yellow color scheme.  I painted the inside of the cube with a yellow semi-gloss and brushed white semi-gloss on the outside. When dry, I resized some of the yellowish paint chips with scissors, arranged them on the top and glued.


I arranged shades of grey and black for the sides.


A glaze of water-based polyurethane sealed it all.

Materials: Ralph Lauren square paint chips, yellow and white semi-gloss paint, white Elmer’s glue, Olympia Water-based polyurethane.



3 Responses

  1. These paint chip projects are fantastic! I can’t wait to see more!

  2. I think that’s pretty rad.

  3. Wow, that looks so cool.

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