If you've been following me for awhile then you know how much I love breathing new life into old jewelry and flatware boxes found at the thrift store. To me, they are like mini furniture makeovers and recently I gave a handful a REfresh.
Lavender Vintage Jewelry Box Makeover
Isn't the color pretty? It's called Wedding Cake by Country Chic Paint. I bought the color specifically to use on the DIY décor I'm making for my daughter's wedding this summer. I just had to give it a try on a makeover piece first and thought a jewelry box would be the perfect guinea pig.
This is what it looked like before...
After giving it a sponge bath with warm soapy water, I sanded it with a 220-grit sanding block to get rid of the glossy finish and give the paint some bite. Using a small angled paint brush I applied three coats of chalk paint, including the hardware. I protected the finish by applying white wax using a lint free rag to soften the color even more.
With a small artists brush, I painted the center of each knob with Simplicity White chalk paint followed by Pearl Wax to give it that pearlescent luster.
I think, besides the color, what makes this jewelry box extra special is what I used to replace the original glass on the door.
It's called Structura architectural wire cloth and lucky for me, Mr. Frugalista brought home some small samples a few years ago that I had put away in my stash. I placed the glass over the cloth and marked it with a sharpie and cut it out using these much too large vintage forged metal tin snips.
I needed something rigid to place the wire cloth against (it is a very soft material) and decided to give the new owner the option of using either the cloth or the original glass.
I always try to salvage the original felt liner and then paint the exterior in a complimentary color.
Tip: Use baby wipes to clean the felt - works like a charm.
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Will you think twice about walking by these vintage jewelry boxes during your next thrift store treasure hunt?
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