Jewellery Box Makeover

Rachel | mapleandgrey
by Rachel | mapleandgrey
7 Materials
1 Hour

When my grandma passed away I kept her jewellery box. I have the nicest memories of it from when I was little; I always used to go up to her bedroom and sit there looking at the jewellery inside. I had been planning to do something with it for a while and this month marked 7 years since she passed and so I figured now was the perfect time to transform it!

This is a picture of my current jewellery storage. I made this earring hanger years ago from a frame and some cotton lace ribbon and it has served its purpose well. But it’s time for a change and I wanted something more simple to go with this updated room.

This is the before photo. I’m actually glad I waited to redo it because initially I was going to paint it Tiffany Blue. I’m obsessed with that colour but had I done it back then it probably wouldn’t have suited my space now. So instead I decided to strip it back to wood and then add a white wax.

I removed the finish with my detail sander.

Once the majority of the finish was removed I used a sanding pad to remove any remaining finish in the details of the box.

I love the look of the raw wood underneath and to make it a bit more muted and take away any orange tones I applied a white wax.

I made this by mixing together one part white chalk paint and four parts clear wax.

I applied this and instead of wiping off the excess with a lint free cloth right away I left it on there until dry. Previously I have wiped it right away but this seemed to take away too much wax.

I left for a few days and then buffed well with a lint free cloth.

However, I then decided that it looked too thick on the top part so I took some steel wool and rubbed away the wax until I was happier with the finish. This left a much more subtle look and worked so well to tone it down a bit.

This left a much more subtle look and worked so well to tone it down a bit.

The final look! I love what a difference it has made to the tone of the wood but also that it was such a simple transformation.

This look hasn’t taken away from the original piece but updated it. I love the lime-washed look and remove a little more wax at a later date but for now I’ll sit with it like this for a while and decide.

I will continue to treasure this piece and I’m so glad I can have it out on display to look at and enjoy the memories of it now.

I hope that this project inspired you and shows that it is possible to keep the character of heirlooms while updating them to fit in with your home!

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~ Rachel ♡

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