Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeover

5 Materials
2 Hours

How to use chalk paint and scrapbook paper to update an old jewelry box and give it a whole new look and purpose.

I picked up this little jewelry box for $3. Not my style but I thought it would be really cute with a new coat of paint and some new pulls.


As you can see, it’s missing some of it’s little button knobs. I started by taking the drawers out and removing the ones that were left. I wanted to put the new pulls in the center of each drawer so I had to fill in the little holes where the original ones were. To do that I used spackle but you could also use wood filler.

Once that dried and was sanded smooth, I gave the entire outside a coat of black chalk paint which I made with a mix of interior satin paint and plaster of Paris mixed with warm water. I then attached the little pulls in the picture above with Gorilla glue.

Once the pulls were on securely, I sanded the edges of the drawers, sides and bottom to show more of the wood underneath and create a more rustic look. I still felt like it needed more character so I added some antique wax over the entire piece with a cotton rag.

Then I cut out small pieces of a pretty scrapbook paper to line the edges. I attached it with the Modge Podge by applying a layer of it to the drawer with a small paint brush. I gently placed the paper down on top of the drawer and smoothed it out by pressing down from the middle to the sides. Then I sanded the edges of the paper to soften it a bit with a 220 grit sandpaper.  

After new paint and pulls and a pop of color on the inside, here’s what she looks like…

It doesn't even need to be used for jewelry, we're using it to store tea!

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