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 jewelry box

I forgot to take a picture before I started sanding this one, but you can still see mostly what it looked like originally; a dark mahogany color glossy finish.

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Being that it was so glossy, it HAD to be sanded before repainting.

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I wasn’t really thinking AHEAD very far when I bought it though!  This pristine creamy white interior was difficult to KEEP that pristine while sanding off the DARK exterior!?!?  Lesson learned!   I just ‘popped off’ the knobs; then glued them back in at the end.10.18.13 both malls prijects 039

I tried hand painting it first and it just was NOT covering very well.  The few spots where I had sanded all the way through to the bare wood (particle board!  ack!!) just kept soaking up the paint.  time to break out the spray paint!10.18.13 both malls prijects 038

A couple of good coats of spray paint covered up all the flaws perfectly.  Then I added a stenciled on design.10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 022

A protective coat of varnish once that dried and done!10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 023

This piece has gone to my booth at Curiosities in Beaverton.10.25.13 BOTH + etsy + projects 024