Give a thrift store find jewelry box a budget friendly and easy makeover with chalk paint. Turn a drab, old jewelry box into something that will look great with your decor.
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I’m happy to again join the monthly Thrift Store Challenge group! Each month participants are challenged to:
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is looking to expand — and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your blog name and someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!
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Jewelry Box Makeover
Whenever I go to thrift stores, I almost always see a few of these sad, old tabletop jewelry boxes. This one I found last year at my local Goodwill for $3.99.
It obviously had a DIY makeover for the door done before it was donated. The cross stitch pattern of flowers and butterflies is cute, but not my style.
I think that once upon a time, the door had a glass insert and the makeshift replacement was a way to replace broken glass maybe. I popped the insert out and removed the fabric. Using the cardboard template, I cut a new covering for the insert.
This is some left over material I had from a footstool makeover I did several years ago.
To adhere the cardboard template to the cloth, I used spray adhesive. Any type of fabric glue would work well.
The fabric was trimmed to fit around the cardboard and then placed inside the opening. I’ll show you how I covered the raw edges later in the post.
I got a little ahead of myself as I was painting this and realized I needed to take the door off to work on the insert.
I painted the jewelry box with DecoArt Everlasting Chalk paint, using two coats. Once that was dry, I added a coat of DuraClear Gloss Varnish to protect it.
I covered a piece of cardboard, cut to size, with the same fabric and hot glued it to the floor of the box. To give additional storage, I used a piece of soft foam, cut into small pieces, and wrapped each piece with fabric to hold rings. The fabric is glued in place and the rolls are glued down.
Searching through my stash of ribbon, I found some lacy ribbon that is a perfect match for the fabric I used. A cut a piece of it to cover the raw edges of the fabric on the door insert. It’s glued in place with small dots of hot glue.
Using a piece of medium grit sand paper, I distressed the edges of the jewelry box. I like having a bit of the dark wood show through.
I love how it turned out and I’m looking forward to repainting a vanity in my bedroom that I’ll be using it on. The vanity will be green, so the door insert will match it well.
Supply List for Jewelry Box Makeover with Chalk Paint
- Thrift Store Find Jewelry Box
- Chalk Paint & Brush
- Clear Varnish & Brush
- Spray Adhesive
- Hot Glue
- Soft Foam
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Chalk Painted Jewelry Box Makeover
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