A Pretty Mint-Painted Vintage Jewelry Box Makeover

Last week I painted a client's vintage china cabinet in the color Pistachio? I loved the color so much that I had to try it on another piece. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough paint leftover for this pretty mint-painted vintage jewelry box makeover. So I tried to replicate the color with a custom mix of chalk-style paint and it's a pretty good match.



I love to collect vintage jewelry boxes from the thrift store. They come a dime a dozen and with a little TLC, make wonderful gifts. They are like mini furniture makeovers and I enjoy them so much.



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.

Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Armoire Painted Mint

If you missed it, here's a link to the mint vintage china cabinet makeover.



This is what this armoire-style vintage jewelry box looked like before the makeover. It is in pretty good condition but with a little paint, they are stunning.



The top is hinged and flips open with access to the fourth drawer and the sides are hinged and open to hold necklaces. I'm not thrilled with the forest green color of the felt inside but the mint color pairs beautifully with it.



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.

Here is the jewelry box after the makeover painted pretty mint green with gold accents.



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.

I couldn't resist adding an element of surprise when you open the jewelry box.



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.

The stenciled metallic gold polka dots add a little fun, wouldn't you agree?



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.

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Custom Paint Color

My apologies for not writing down the exact ratios to make the custom mint paint color. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color pure white and Antibes green.



I used pure white as the base and then added one teaspoon at a time of Antibes green until I got a close match with the original mint color from the china cabinet makeover.



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.


I have a question for you guys. If you look at the photos above and below, do you think I should have continued the polka dots down the back and bottom of the interior too?



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.

Changing The Color On The Metal Pulls

The pulls could not be taken off to spray paint without removing the felt liner inside. Instead, they were rubbed with a lint-free rag with empire gold gilding wax to change the color.



While I was at it, I rubbed gold gilding wax with my fingers along the edges and raised details on the front of the jewelry box.



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.

Protecting The Paint Finish

To protect the paint rather than clear wax, I used white wax which softened the mint green even more.



An upcycled thrift store vintage armoire jewelry box painted a pretty mint custom chalk-style paint color with gold accents and fun polka dots inside.

I love the mint color so much that I also painted a vintage Mint No. 9 Jewelry Box, a children's rocking chair, and painted hardcover books for Spring.



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  1. Marie, that looks awesome! I never would have tho't of using that color. And I think I like the polka dots just on the sides and the inside of the top of the chest. Somehow I think putting them on the back too would look overdone.

    I have several thrift store jewelry boxes to make over but I have been a little intimidated I guess because I just can't bring myself to do the first one. Silly, huh? Now I'm thinking I might try one of them in this shade of green. I know once I get going I'll come up with more ideas for colors and patterns for drawer linings, etc. I just have to take the first step. I guess I could start by painting the first one I work on white and if I don't like it I could easily paint over the white with something else.

    So, thank for the inspiration! I'm gonna do it! I'll let you know how it goes.

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    1. Naomi, it's just paint. Why start with white? If you like the mint green color, go for it! Yes, please do let me know how it goes and if you have any questions while you're doing it, you know how to contact me 😉 You got this!

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