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January 12, 2016

From Wooden Jewelry Box to Trinket or Remote Box

Welcome to Week 1 of Frugal Decor Tuesdays! Much like furniture, I love to find tired and dated home decor online or at thrift stores and breath new life into them. So I came up with the idea to turn these transformations into a weekly series.

I'm starting the series off with a jewelry box that I picked up for $3.00.  When I saw it I didn't see a jewelry box, what I saw was a fabulous trinket or remote control box.

Thrift Store Wooden Jewelry Box Before transformation
This is it after the transformation.  Other than some paint it looks pretty much the same.

Jewelry Box painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Louis Blue

...on the outside.

Jewelry box transformed into Remote Control Organizer

The inside was pretty much gutted to accommodate, like the title of this post suggests, trinkets or remotes.  In our house, we have a television, fireplace, ceiling fan, DVD player, and PVR remote.  It drives me crazy seeing them scattered about the living room and so this is a great way to keep them organized and hidden.

It makes a great trinket box to display on a bookcase too.  I can see it filled with photos, cards, letters, and the list goes on.

Wooden jewelry box transformed into a bookcase trinket box

The How To
The first thing I did was take out my frustrations remove all the felt lining inside the jewelry box.  I was surprised by how easy they all came out.

Removing wooden jewelry box felt lining

Then I gutted the inside to get the depth needed for trinkets and things.

Gutted wooden jewelry box to store remove controls

Next I dismantled the drawer that was on the bottom.

Dismantling a wooden jewelry box drawer

...and glued the drawer front onto the box.

Gluing wooden jewelry box drawer front back onto the now trinket box

...and clamped in place overnight.

Wooden jewelry box drawer front glued and clamped to trinket box

Then came the fun part, painting the box!  I used chalk paint in the color Louis Blue and after it was dry I distressed it a little using 220 grit sandpaper to add some character.

Wooden jewelry box now upcycled into a Remote Control Storage Box AFTER

I found some pretty vintage looking scrapbook paper in my stash and lined the inside using my go to wallpaper paste (no bubbles).

Paper lined Remote Control Storage Box

I added some of the scrapbook paper on the back to add some pizzaz to a recessed section.

Decoupaged paper back on a wooden Remote Control Storage Box

The interior was protected with a coat of Tough Coat by Country Chic Paint and the exterior with clear wax.

Wooden Thrift Store Jewelry Box upcycled into Trinket or Remote Control Storage Box
That's it, a fun afternoon project while waiting for paint to dry on a piece of furniture I'm currently giving a makeover.

I hope to see you back here next Tuesday when I give a tray a fun transformation!

Frugal Decor Tuesdays series at The Interior Frugalista

I'll be sharing a sneak peek of the tray on Thursday at the January Organization Power Tool Challenge.  If you have doggies, you'll want to catch that project!

Until then I hope you have a great week.

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