Welcome to my first jewelry box makeover! (You have to read all the way to the end to find out about indulging my secret passion!) I know jewelry box makeovers are not new, but hang with me, would ya? As I’ve watched, drooled, and admired other makeovers, I knew the day would come when I finally found one of my own to re-do! And I found it early last year…. see Hauls from Four Thrift Stores.
But as many of you know, 2016 was a rough year for me as I recovered slowly from 3 sets of broken bones. I essentially spent 8 months in a chair, so I’m finally getting a few DIY projects done that I could only dream about last year. You can read some of that saga in Vintage Picker Off Limits Home Tour.
So this little $1.99 jewelry box had its turn. Luckily it didn’t need much, and I got in gear to carry out my vision.
The Makeover Process~
My go-to color is always white because it usually sells better, and this is destined for my Etsy shop.
Taking the plunge on buying Dixie Belle “Dropcloth,”
I’m crazy about this paint, its coverage, and the look. I had totally used up all my other white with the Jewelry chest makeover! (wink, wink) See why in this post DIY Headache. I know you remember it!
The first thing I did was remove the glass in the door. Before I bought this baby, I made sure it had removable door glass. We had hardware cloth on hand, so all I had to do was cut the wire to the appropriate dimension as the glass in the door.
Yeah, right. Easier said than done.
You ever used vintage IRON tin snips? I could barely hold them in my lily white hand, much less guide it into cutting. I had to rest them on the table to cut, but with difficulty, I achieved it.
So now all I had to do was paint it and try not to hit the jewelry felt inside. The little knobs on the drawers were not removable, so I just painted those too.
The Finished Result~
I used part of a French stencil found on Amazon for the top. I mixed a bit of white and black acrylic paint found at a garage sale to form the stenciled design.
And added a bit of drawer interest….
I decoupaged the napkins onto the drawer sides. I have a lifetime supply of these napkins, so you’ll definitely be seeing them again! The subtle colors blend well with the paint color, I think. The felt inside is a pale lavender-gray, and in good shape.
What was the hardest part of this job?
- Getting the stencil centered and straight! That’s the only thing I hate about stenciling.
- Getting the drawers to fit into the slots after having been painted and decoupaged. That took a good bit of sanding and waxing, but they finally fit.
- Cutting that dang hardware cloth with the mammoth tin snips!
Notice I’m actually holding and cutting with those snips here. I must have grown stronger since the day I cut that “cloth.” LOL
Later on I learned there is an easier way. I just didn’t find it in my husband’s vast array of tools.
I love how my first jewelry box makeover turned out! What about you?
This one is also waiting in the wings until I can get around to it. Stay tuned!
Indulging My Secret Passion~
By the way, I’ve been thinking over adding another topic to my vintage niche here on the blog. I would like to add a gardening element because it’s truly one of my passions! I’m constantly amazed at what I learned from my Mother, an avid gardener, even when I didn’t think I was listening….LOL. I’ve been thinking about this for some time even though it doesn’t exactly fit my niche. Would there be interest if I were to indulge my secret passion?