Little Jewelry Chest of Drawers Make-over

ReVamped and upcycled jewelry boxes and chests are always good sellers for me in my booth at the antique mall.  Finding the right pieces to make-over can be a bit of a challenge though.

The first thing I always do is look inside the drawers.  So many of the old jewelry boxes have that cheapo velvet fabric lining the drawers, and it’s usually stained and dirty and impossible to remove.  So I pass if the drawers (innards, as I like to call them!) aren’t clean.

The next thing to check for, if you are going to be repainting or re-covering your piece, is to be sure that the drawer pulls/knobs are removable.  On this piece that I recently made-over, I had already removed the drawer pulls when I remembered that I needed to take pictures!

A time or two in the past, I HAVE bought pieces that I could not remove the knobs from, and just painted the whole thing, knobs and all; but I avoid that as much as possible.  I just sand the paint off the pulls/knobs as much as possible in those instances.


How sweet are the drawer pulls on this piece!?!?


The insides of the insides of the drawers were clean and painted black, which was totally fine.  Except for the fact that I was re-painting the piece an off-white and the contrast was quite stark.  My solution?  Glue some paper to the inside bottom of the drawers.  I used old dictionary pages this time.  In the past, and on full size dressers/chests I have used; pretty wrapping paper, vintage wall paper, vintage sheet music, old road atlas pages . . . really, ANY kind of paper that you can cut to size will work.

I also added some of the same paper to the recessed bottom of the chest, just for fun!  Don’t forget to paint (or paper!) the BACK also.

Before and after.

*This piece has already SOLD in my booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon.

Updated with old book pages . .

P1170308Finally got this itty bitty chest made over.


I spray painted it with black because I wanted to see how well the chickens would cover.  Not too well!


So I had to pull the handles off with pliers, then applies some vintage book pages inside the moulding on the drawers and the top.  Then glued the knobs back on.

It’s really just ‘wee thing’; but little things with drawers always sell well.

P1170889I also covered a stool top with old book pages.  I just use my matte varnish to adhere the paper to the surface of furniture when I do this.  Then give it a couple more coats for durability.

P1170896An 8″ x 10″ oak frame painted a yellowish-ivory color, distressed and stained with my good ole RL tobacco stain.


And while I was playing with old book pages, I decided to cover the inside of this tray!

P1170900Pretty good color match eh?  (those wrinkles in the paper will ‘go away’ after it cures a little longer)

P1170899On to the next project!