Vintage Jewelry Box Repurposed Into Remote Control Storage

Tired of remote controls scattered all about the room? Frustrated by having to constantly search for the darn remote? Then you'll like this idea for corralling them all in one place and out of sight when not in use.



Today I'm sharing how to repurpose a vintage jewelry box into pretty remote control storage that looks lovely displayed on the coffee table. It's budget-friendly and I'll show you how easy it is to do.



How to repurpose a vintage jewelry box into remote control storage pretty enough to be on display but keeps them corralled out of sight in one place.

Upcycled Wooden Jewelry Box 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.



A wooden thrift store jewelry box before being repurposed into handy remote control storage.

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



...until you look inside.



How to repurpose a vintage jewelry box into remote control storage pretty enough to be on display but keeps them corralled out of sight in one place.

The interior is gutted to accommodate multiple remote controls. I don't know about you but in our living room, we have remotes for the television, fireplace, ceiling fan, soundbar, and PVR. It drives me crazy seeing them scattered all over the room.



This is the perfect solution because it looks like pretty coffee table tray decor while serving as a function to corral all those pesky remotes in one place.



But you don't have to use the upcycled jewelry box for remote control storage. They make lovely trinket boxes for collectibles to have on display in a bookcase or bedside table too.



Vintage jewelry box repurposed into a bookcase trinket box.

How To Repurpose An Old Jewelry Box Into Remote Control Storage

The first thing I did was remove all the felt lining inside the jewelry box and I was surprised by how easy it came out.



Removing felt liner inside vintage jewelry box for remote control storage.

Next, I gutted the inside in order to get the depth needed for storing multiple remotes.



Gutted wooden jewelry box upcycled to store remote controls.

The drawer was dismantled in order to gain more storage potential inside, salvaging only the drawer front.



Gutting the interior of a wooden jewelry box to repurpose into handy remote control storage.

Then simply glue the drawer front onto the box with wood glue.



Gluing false drawer front on a wooden jewelry box to use for remote control storage.

Clamp it in place and let the glue cure overnight.



Jewelry box drawer front glued to remote control storage box.

Then came the fun part, painting the box. I painted it with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Louis Blue. After it dried I used 220 grit sandpaper to lightly distress along the edges and corners to give it a time-worn appearance.



Wooden jewelry box from Goodwill painted and upcycled to corral remote controls in one place on a coffee table.

On the inside, I used pretty scrapbook paper from my stash to decoupage with my go-to wallpaper paste (Mod Podge works great too).



Pretty paper lined wooden jewelry box upcycled for remote control storage.

I also added a smaller decoupage piece of scrapbook paper to decorate the outside of the box on the back too.



Decoupage scrapbook paper on back of jewelry box makeover for remote control storage.

The interior is protected with Country Chic Paint Tough Coat but brushing a couple of coats of Mod Podge will work too. The outside of the box is protected with clear wax applied with a lint-free rag.



How to repurpose a vintage jewelry box into remote control storage pretty enough to be on display but keeps them corralled out of sight in one place.

See, I told you it was easy! There are so many ways to repurpose vintage jewelry boxes. It's one of the items I purchase most from thrift stores because they make wonderful gifts.



It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint will do to these dated pieces. I've also turned a few into pretty wedding card boxes too. You can see all of them on my Jewelry & Trinket Box Makeovers page.



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  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!

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    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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