Vintage Jewelry Box Repurposed Into Remote Control Storage

Tired of your remote controls scattered about the room? Frustrated by always searching for the remote? Here's a great idea for corraling them in one place and having them hidden out of sight when not in use. Repurpose a vintage jewelry box into remote control storage that looks lovely displayed on the coffee table. It's not that difficult and I'm going to show you how.

Vintage Jewelry Box Painted Blue For Remote Control Storage

Vintage Jewelry Box Repurposed Into Remote Control Storage

The chest style jewelry boxes pictured below are the perfect size for storing remote controls and I found this one for under $10 at Goodwill.

Thrift Store Jewelry Box Before Repurposed Into Remote Control Storage

Other than painting the jewelry box and metal hardware a pretty blue color, the exterior looks pretty much the same.

...until you look inside.

Jewelry box repurposed into Remote Control Organizer

The interior was gutted to accommodate multiple remote controls. In our living room, we have remotes for our television, fireplace, ceiling fan, sound bar, and PVR. It drives me crazy seeing them scattered about the room and so this is a great solution for having them corralled in one place while keeping them out of sight.

You don't have to use it for remote control storage, it makes a lovely trinket box for collectibles displayed on a bookcase too.

Vintage jewelry box repurposed into bookcase trinket box

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 came out.

Removing felt liner inside vintage jewelry box

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

Gutted wooden jewelry box to store remove controls

I dismantled the drawer too, salvaging only the drawer front.

Gutting a wooden jewelry box drawer

...and glued the drawer front onto the box with wood glue.

Gluing jewelry box drawer front onto remote control storage box

...and clamped in place to cure overnight.

Jewelry box drawer front glued to Remote Control Storage Box

Then came the fun part, painting the box. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Louis Blue. After it dried I used 220 grit sandpaper to lightly distress the finish.

Wooden jewelry box upcycled into Remote Control Storage

I lined the bottom of the box and inside the lid, with pretty scrapbook paper found in my stash. It was decoupaged with my go-to wallpaper paste but Mod Podge works well too. 

Paper lined Remote Control Storage Box

Another piece of scrapbook paper was decoupaged onto the back of the box. 

Decoupaged paper back Remote Control Storage Box

The interior was protected with Tough Coat by Country Chic Paint and the exterior with clear wax using a lint-free rag.

Thrift Store Jewelry Box upcycled into Remote Control Storage

That's it, a fun afternoon project while waiting for paint to dry on a furniture makeover.

Repurposed Vintage Jewelry Box Remote Control Storage

There are so many ways to repurpose vintage jewelry or flatware boxes like turning them into wedding card boxes. You can find several inspiring ideas here on my Jewelry|Trinket Box Ideas page.

I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.



  1. I need one of these remote jewelry chests! I love what you did. During this quarantine I think this is a perfect project. Thank you so much!

    1. I'm glad you like it, Sue and that it inspired a DIY project for you during this time of quarantine. Stay safe!


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