Thrift Store Find - Jewelry Box Makeover

Jewelry Box Makeover - After Pics
Jewelry Box Makeover - After Pics

A few days ago at Goodwill, I purchased an old wooden jewelry box. I had been wanting one for a while but I didn't want to purchase one brand new. I wanted something that was used and in good condition. Something that I could refurbish myself and this one was perfect. I am so glad I found it! It's a decent size with one large drawer on the bottom and two smaller drawers on top. I noticed after I got it home that there were apparently two swinging doors mounted on it at one time and the two smaller drawers on top used to be behind a cabinet which is now missing. Still it was barely noticeable and I knew I could do something with it. It was in pretty good condition with no damage except a few minor scratches here and there. I actually didn't mind the minor scratches and flaws because I knew that with the look I was going for, the small imperfections would add charm and character. One of the main things I love about it is the lining inside the drawers is a bright pink (which I love!) and completely in tact. I couldn't wait to get started on it!

Supplies

  • Sandpaper, fine and heavy grit
  • X-acto knife
  • E6000 glue
  • Pliars
  • Clothespins
  • Anita's metallic black acrylic paint
  • Silver Leaf glaze by Plaid
  • Krylon Clear Coat
  • Purchased glass drawer knobs
  • 10 in x 1 3/4 in strip of wallpaper
  • Mod Podge

where I separated the lining from the wood to remove the drawer pulls- I love this color of pink!
where I separated the lining from the wood to remove the drawer pulls- I love this color of pink! | Source

Step One - Remove Hardware

When refurbishing a jewelry box, the first thing I would normally do is remove all the hardware so I removed a few small brass colored brackets and some metal pieces that were left from the missing cabinet. I really didn't like the drawer pulls but they were mounted in such a way that I felt like I would have to damage the lining to remove them and the lining was in such pristine condition I didn't want to take a chance at ruining it so I decided to just leave them and do my best to sand and paint around them.

As I was painting, I kept thinking more and more about how much I really did not like the drawer pulls. They were just drab and dated and I kept thinking about all of the other styles that would look fabulous with it. I just couldn't stand the thought of doing all this work and not liking one of the most important details on the jewelry box. It really wouldn't have been a true makeover then! I put my thinking cap on and got to work.

The challenge was to get the drawer pulls off without destroying the lining . So I took an X-acto knife and a pair of needle nose pliers and carefully separated the pink covered chipboard lining from the wood. When I Iooked down inside, I noticed the drawer pulls were mounted with a flimsy sort of brad so I carefully pulled each of the brads out using the pliers. I did this with each drawer and then put lots of E6000 glue down in between the covered chipboard lining and the wood. I then used clothespins to clamp and hold the lining tightly up against the wood while the glue dried overnight. It worked like a charm and the lining still looked great!

After that I put some polymer clay to fill in the holes on the top two drawers where the hardware was and it filled them in nicely. Also, there were two holes right above the bottom drawer where the hardware was mounted for the missing cabinet. I still needed to cover them but I decided to wait and fix that last.

my little boy helping with sanding one of the drawers
my little boy helping with sanding one of the drawers | Source

Step Two - Sand

After removing the hardware, it was time to sand. Even though I did it backwards, I'm still listing the steps in order. I sanded the whole outside and each one of the drawer facings and around the whole jewelry box itself. I used a fine grit and heavy grit sand paper. The surface of the wood was very,very smooth and it was actually kind of hard to sand but I managed to sand it just enough. Once I was done with sanding all the pieces, I made sure to get all the loose dust off of the jewelry box. I thought it was so cute that my 3 year old son Devin was determined to help me with the sanding so I gave him some sandpaper and let him go to town :)

Painting the first coat of black
Painting the first coat of black | Source
Finished with the sheer silver foil glaze
Finished with the sheer silver foil glaze | Source

Step Four - Paint and Seal

The next thing to do was paint. The picture that I had in my mind was a painted silver jewelry box. Lately I've seen lots of refurbished wooden furniture painted silver and it looks fantastic so that was the look I was going for. I started to paint it silver but when I applied just the silver acrylic paint, it was kind of sheer so I decided to go ahead and paint it all black first. I painted it black instead of white because I wanted the undertone to be more of a dark gray than a lighter color. I applied two coats of black paint to all the pieces. Once it was a fairly good solid color of black, I sanded it again but just a bit. It was a very light sanding. Some places I sanded with more pressure and some just very lightly.

This is when I took off the hardware.. I'm glad that I changed my mind and to ok them off even though I had to backtrack a little, it turned out to be a great choice. Of course, I had to re-sand and paint again but just a little and then I was back on track. After the jewelry box was fully painted the way I wanted it, I went over it with a few coats of Krylon clear coat to seal and protect the painted finish.

Gorgeous crystal knobs - 2.50 a piece @ Ebay
Gorgeous crystal knobs - 2.50 a piece @ Ebay | Source

Step Five - Mount Hardware

Now that the jewelry box was painted and sealed, it was time to mount the super cute knobs that I purchased on Ebay. I had already decided that I wanted some clear acrylic or even glass knobs, hopefully some that had a vintage look to them and that is EXACTLY what I found! I was nervous at first thinking that knobs may be a bit too big for it and may look out of proportion but I couldn't find anything much smaller so I decided to go with them.

The knobs were very easy to install. I drilled the holes so that I could mount the knobs but I did have one small problem. They were made for cabinets or drawers that are half inch to an inch thick and the wood I was mounting them on was only about a quarter of an inch thick so I had to use the Dremel to cut some of the length of the screws. Once that was done, the knobs were mounted firmly and I think they look great!

Holes that needed to be concealed.
Holes that needed to be concealed.
Strip of painted wallpaper concealing the holes.
Strip of painted wallpaper concealing the holes. | Source

Step Six - Conceal the Holes

Painting and hardware are done, on to the last challenge! There were two holes that were left after the removal of the original hardware right under the second drawer (see in the photo) and I needed to find a way to conceal them. I decided that after everything else was done, I would glue on a row of crystals in such a way that they would hide the holes. However, I realized that in order for that to work I would have to cover the holes first with paper, then paint and then glue on the crystals. I decided just to cover the two holes using a strip of old, off white embossed wall paper I had been saving for years. I cut it into a strip that was 1.75 in x 10 inches, applied Mod Podge on the back and completely covered the whole platform under the second drawer. I then painted it with a coat of black and then the silver glaze and viola, no more holes! I think it turned out beautiful!

Before and After pics
Before and After pics | Source
Devin being proud that he helped with the jewelry box  :)
Devin being proud that he helped with the jewelry box :)

The jewelry box didn't end up having a perfectly smooth finish like some of the other silver painted wooden furniture I've seen. I decided to let the imperfections work for me and painted it to look sort of shabby chic. I purposely used a stiff brush to create some brush lines here and there. At first I thought it may look tacky, but I actually am very happy with the finished product!

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my jewelry box makeover hub!

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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas Author

Jessica- Thank you :) I love those little knobs.. I was even thinking about ordering some more of them. I just hopped over to see your jewelry box and it turned out super cute! You have me wanting to do another one now!


Jessica 3 years ago

Those knobs are just icing on the cake. And buttercream icing at that! I love this! I used the same little handles with my own makeover: http://sheekgeek.org/2013/jessicasheekgeek/jewelry...


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

coffeegginmyrice- Thank you :) I was happy with the results and it was actually very easy to do.. it makes me want to do more "makeovers". Thanks so much for dropping by :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

moonlake- Thank you so much for dropping by and for sharing the hub :) I appreciate it! I love how the box turned out.. I was thinking about adding some rhinestone borders around the edges of it but I thought that may be too much with the crystal knobs and decided to just leave it alone.


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Good job! What a beautiful transformation now!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

This turned out very cute. Love the hub really nice. Voted uP! Shared.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you SplendidStars and thank you for stopping by :)


SplendidStars 4 years ago

What a fabulous job you've done!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Bedbugabscond- Thank you so much for stopping by and for the vote up! I think it's a great idea for you to make your own decorations to match your new blue paint color.. DIY projects are the best... you get to do it however you want plus they are usually much cheaper than going out and buying something at the store. Good luck and have fun with decorating to match your new paint color :)


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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States

Wow, nice work. I am reading my house in a blue white theme. It is hard to find stuff to mach what I want. I have been tempted to make it myself. This give me the courage. Voted up.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Denise Handlon- Thank you for the votes and positive feedback! I'm so happy to hear of so many liking the finished product :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Very cool! Great job and fun too. voted up / useful and interesting. :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

theclevercat- Thank you! My husband was telling me I needed some kind of putty to fill in the holes properly but I figured the Polymer clay would work just as well :) Thank you so much for dropping by :)


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

What an improvement! Great use of polymer clay, too. Voted up!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thundermama- Awww...thank you for the super sweet comment! It is nice to hear that you enjoy my craft hubs.. hearing such nice things really makes them worth doing..and makes me want to do more! Again, thank you so much, you really made my day :)


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

Anytime I am feeling crafty I pop on over to read about one of your projects. I loved this one and really appreciate how detailed your steps are and the lovely personal photos. You are without question on of my favourite hubbers.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

toknowinfo- Wow, comments like yours really inspire me and make me want to keep going with my craft hubs... I really appreciate the compliments and the vote up :)


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Great tips! Thanks for sharing your handy ideas and creativity. You are very inspiring. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Aww.. thank you, Emily! The jewelry box actually turned out a lot different than the way I first imagined it. At first I wanted it to have a more sleek, modern look but after I started working with it, I knew the shabby chic look was the way to go. I'm really happy with how it turned out and I am super happy that I was able to find those cute knobs for it! Thank you for stopping by and for the vote up! I appreciate it so much :)


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emilybee 4 years ago

You are so crafty, Jamie! I love the picture of the end result - it really turned out great!!! I love going to Goodwill and it's such a good idea to refurbish stuff from there that's really cheap and in good condition but sometimes a little worn- or just needing a new personal touch. Love it!!! Voted up.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Colleenmt- Thank you! I love going to Goodwill.. it's my favorite place to shop. I love it like kids love the candy store :) Thank you so much for stopping by and for the nice comment!


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Colleenmt 4 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

This is gorgeous! Ah, I love Goodwill. But you have to know how to rehabilitate some things you buy there - you obviously do!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Aww.. thanks teaches! I have just always loved decorating and fixing stuff up. It looks like Devin may have an interest, too. It's nice to see you.. thank you for stopping by!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Rose. I like how it turned out too. I originally wanted it to be a smooth all silver finish but the paint I had was very sheer. Painting the sheer over the black really kind of gives it a unique look. I'm glad I went ahead and used the paint I had instead of going out to buy new. Thank you for dropping by!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

anndavis25- Aww, thanks! Devin really got into it. I guess we will have to find something else to sand on and re-do. Thank you so much for dropping by :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

RNMSN- Thank you!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Arlene, Thank you for stopping by to see my jewelry box and for the vote! I love working with wood.. it's so versatile. You can paint it or its pretty just how it is- especially after sanding and staining. I am glad that you are enjoying the craft hubs. I love crafts and try to keep up with all the new stuff.. I'm always looking to see what is out there. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You are quite talented! It looks really good. Your instructions will be handy for those who want to tackle a project such as this. Your son is adorable.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Beautiful job, Jamie! I love how the finish looks.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Devin should be proud! What a doll he is!

The chest is fantastic. I really love to restore an item find. It is thrifty, and something to be proud of. And brag about.

Great hub! AD


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RNMSN 4 years ago from Tucson, Az

wonderful re do and extraordinary find!! way to go!!


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

VOTED UP! There is nothing like finding a wood project and turning it to something you can give a second life to. I have always loved wood, and I like the beauty of its history. Signs that it had been used does not bother me. Also, I cannot keep up with you when it comes to projects, but I am doing the best I can!

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