Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fixing Thrifted Items: The Jewelry Box

So the truth is that I found this jewelry box at a garage sale 

when I was in 4th or 5th grade. 
 As you can see, it has the artistic touch of a 5th grader. 
Not that that's a bad thing, I was simply ready for a more mature, and of course thrifty, approach.

 I decided the most effective, in terms of time, cost and aesthetic,
was to paint the wooden jewelry box.

The first step was removing all the stickers and magazine cut-outs.
 As you can see, for the most part, the decorations were easily removed. 
I dipped a cotton ball in some nail polish remover and took off the rest.
 I used a pure white craft paint that I've had for at least 4 years.  It cost me $4 from Michaels.
A basic acrylic paint would cover better, but cost slightly more.
 After one coat of paint.
 After two coats... the finished product! A beautiful, "new" jewelry box.
 I love the high contrast of the orange and white.

An easy, pretty and affordable fix for a useful item. 
The total cost would be 10 dollars in you didn't have an items on hand.
(nail polish= $3, craft paint=$4,  used jewelry box=$3).

Bonne Nuit!


  1. I'm pretty sure I had that same jewelry box as a kid! Mine might have been three drawers high... but I got some serious deja vu when I saw this. Nice paint job!