Saturday, May 1, 2010

The $10 Jewelry Box Makeover

Personal Victory: I figured out how to change the color and font of the text...

For Christmas, my mom gave me this wonderful jewelry box. It was exactly what I was looking for, except when I took it out of the box, it was a reddish color. When I put it up on my dresser, it horribly clashed with the black furniture we have. I tried taking it back to the store, but because they were no longer selling them, they wouldn't take it back. After sitting in my car for the past 4 month, and BF making the same comment every time he rode in my car, "Are you ever going to do anything with this?" I decided to fix it up. I had to buy some supplies: cute scrapbooking paper, mod podge, silver spray paint, and a sealant, which totalled around 10 smackaroos. Not too bad, especially since I'll be able to use this stuff again on my summer projects.

Its very simple, and the only thing time consuming is waiting for the paint to dry. So without further ado, here are some pictures and how I did it:
This is what it looked like before. It was in good condition, minus that red color.

First, disassemble and paint all the pieces. I spray painted the hardware silver and painted the wood black. Notice the block of styrofoam? Great way to keep all those tiny screws from rolling away! I used leftover black paint from our kitchen makeover, so no expenses there!

Let paint dry and spray with a sealant. I used a matte finish, because I didn't want my box to be too shiny. Carefully cut out pieces of scrapbook paper to the size of the box that you want.  Use mod podge to attach to box, and then use mod podge again for a coat on top.  Reassemble and enjoy!!
Here is the before picture. I used that crummy thing for years because I couldn't find a jewelry box I liked. It clearly doesn't have any hanging room, so I couldn't put any necklaces with a chain in there for fear of tangles.
This is the after picture! I really like how the scrapbook paper adds just enough color, so that it doesn't blend in with the dresser.

Up Close



  1. It looks great all back together again! Love it!

  2. The paper is very pretty - and I think it looks much better black than red!
    Great job!!!


  3. I LOVE mod podge! And that paper is BEAUTIFUL. Stopping over from The CSI Project.

  4. I love the paper you chose that is beautiful. Where did you get the paper from?

  5. love this idea. thanks for sharing

  6. Such a cute idea. I love how you personalized it. So much cuter than it was before!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the CSI Project! We really appreciate it. I hope you will come back next week for our Hardware Store challenge!


  7. So cute and modern looking now, it doesn't look like something grandma would have! Great idea!!!