First of all, a big huge thank you to Mod Podge for helping to make this post possible today. All ideas and opinions are my own.
I have been inspired to see what I could do with an old jewelry box after seeing what my blogging buddies, Florence of Vintage Southern Picks and Ann of Duct Tape and Denim did with the ones they found. So I decided to take this from a drab jewelry box to a little jewel like they did for the Thrift Store Upcycle Décor Challenge this month.
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The Thrift Store Upcycle Décor Challenge is where we take an item from a garage sale, or thrift store and make it pretty. We don’t have a budget and can let our imaginations run free. It is a fun time of the month because everyone is so talented and creative. I love reading all of the posts. You can find the links below and will be blown away by the creativity of these bloggers.
Using a little bit of left over paint, you know I don’t like to waste anything, from another project and felt it is a perfect color to go with the navy blue the jewelry box was painted in. And if you need more ideas on how to use leftover paint you can see what I did with some other leftovers.
So anyhow, this is paint made from Poppie’s Paint Powder. It is an additive to create a chalk like paint. If properly stored it will last although I expect you will use it up pretty quickly. It is mixed into any latex paint after water is added to it to make a paste with a pancake like consistency.
As I was working on this I was also working on other projects. I painted it, distressed it and waxed it. And as I worked on the other projects this jewel box was staring me in the face saying you’re not done with me yet are you?
The iron grill was removed before painting the jewelry box. Put it back and didn’t like it. I thought maybe hardware cloth would work. That didn’t look good either. The final plan to spray paint the grill silver looked much better.
Maybe feet would work. I rummaged through my stash of wooden furniture plugs and buttons and found four that would work as feet. I glued them on. Better but …
But it still looked drab. That is until I got the paper I used for a furniture project that I decoupaged on a table…and coasters. And it is so pretty so I thought why not use the paper on this drab jewelry box.
That is just what I did and what a difference.
The paper was definitely going to be put on the top of the jewelry box. But those darn drawers needed something. Ideally, I would have removed the knobs but I didn’t want to take a chance and damage the drawers. But I decided to use the paper on the drawer fronts in spite of the knobs.
In order to do the fronts, I had to figure out a way to work around the knobs. Well if you have ever wall papered or sewed using plaid fabric you can do this. I approached it the same way.
Cut out the paper to fit the drawer front. Then cut the piece of paper in half and then determine where the knob is going to be. Clip the spot so the knob will show through. Make sure the 2 halves match by leaving enough paper to overlap. Carefully cut the paper to fit the drawer.Brush the Mod Podge on the drawer front. Once dry, brush it on the paper.
Can you believe how cute this looks now? What a difference a little bit of pretty paper can make. I hope you’re not tired of seeing this paper!
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