Hello, dear friends!! I have a brand new thrifty makeover coming your way today! I’ve redone probably dozens of boxes here on the blog, turning many of them into jewelry boxes, but I don’t believe I’ve ever redone a traditional jewelry box that started out with that purpose! Today’s jewelry box makeover was the perfect candidate to try one of Dixie Belle’s brand new Cottage Collection colors from the chalk mineral paint line:
I’m excited for y’all to see which color I chose!
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Here is the before of today’s project:
I picked it up at the thrift store for $3.99.
I did a quick test to see if the insides would come out easily, and it appeared that they would…
Before getting started on the makeover, I removed the interior since it wasn’t in the nicest shape.
All painting projects start with a good cleaning, and this one was cleaned with White Lightning. It comes in a powder form and I mix one TBSP with a half gallon of warm water. I actually cleaned this one while I was cleaning the vintage sewing storage table I shared recently.
Then I was ready for paint!
What color did I choose??
Cottage Door is a lovely salmon color, and these 4oz sizes are perfect for smaller projects!
It covered perfectly in two coats. Then, I sanded all over to smooth with a sanding sponge:
You can see what the insides looked like once I removed everything in that photo. Not so pretty, but not to worry!
Adding a transfer
I had the perfect transfer to pair with this beautiful color!
That sheet on the bottom was perfect for this box!
Here is the easiest way I’ve found to apply transfers:
While holding one corner up, start burnishing with the included stick to transfer the image, pulling the clear sheet on top towards you as you go:
This design covered the entire top just about and I let it go over the sides some as well.
The colors were just perfect!
Once the image has been applied, you can use a soft cloth or a finishing pad to go over it lightly and be sure the transfer is adhered well all over:
As you can see, I went right over that gold plate that was in the center.
Gold Gilding Wax
I decided to give the bottom half some gold shimmer using gold gilding wax:
I just did one liberal coat and then pulled the tape away immediately, leaving gold stripes all around the bottom…
FrogTape for delicate surfaces is my go-to painting tape and gives amazingly crisp lines every time!
I also used the gilding wax on these “feet” and this pull I found in my stash:
I would normally seal everything BEFORE adding gilding wax since it is oil based while the Satin Clear Coat sealer is water based, but I forgot. So, the next day I sealed over the gilding wax anyway, and it actually did just fine.
Jewelry Box Makeover: The After
This little box got a big makeover!
It has so much personality now!
This transfer was such a good match!
And how about those cute feet?
Y’all know I prettied up the insides too!
Here is what it looked like before:
Not so pretty.
Would you believe I had fabric in my stash that was almost a perfect match?
This pretty coral fabric was left over from this mini trunk I redid a couple of years ago.
I line most of my boxes the exact same way. It involves fabric, a glue gun (this one is cordless!), and foam core:
I share step-by-step how to line a box with fabric HERE.
Most of the interior will be completely covered, so it doesn’t have to be perfect before you start.
I love small boxes since the possibilities are endless!
This knob was from an older piece and was perfect for the front after applying the gilding wax:
I’d love to know your thoughts on this new color!
That’s another project crossed off my to-do list!
See anything you may have missed at the links below:
If you enjoyed today’s makeover, you might enjoy 13 more thrifty box makeovers!
See them all HERE!
I’ll be back with my Trash-to-Treasure girls on Tuesday sharing what I did with this mini wall cabinet:
Have a wonderful weekend!
UPDATE: Head on over HERE now and see how fabulous this cabinet turned out!
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