Friday, July 6, 2012

Beating the Heat and Upgrading Old Jewelry Boxes

It's still hotter than a bank robbers pistol!  We are supposed to get rain tonight and tomorrow with cooler weather.  Bring it!

We don't have air conditioning.  The two best ways to beat the heat around here is to go swimming or go air conditioned stores.  I spent extra time in Walmart today.  Every minute I spent there, was a cool one!

As much as I enjoy Walmart's air conditioning, I would rather be thrift shopping.  Our thrift stores are thrifty...alas, no air conditioning.  So I didn't go.  But I have plenty of things from previous shopping trips to play with.

I finished up a couple of things in the past two days.  These jewelry boxes were both found in the same thrift store at different times.  I was pretty sure I had before pictures, but darned if I can find them!  They were both stained dark brown, both ugly.  Here they are finished.

This smaller one is great for rings and earrings, or just for rings.  

The larger one has more detail with paper squares individually cut and added to the raised detail on the drawers.  It plays Sunrise, Sunset from the musical Fiddler on the Roof.  I need to watch that movie again.  It's been forever.

I don't have step by step photos for these, but it's pretty simple.

1. Remove hardware (if you can).  Otherwise paint around it.
2. Brush or spray on gray primer.
3. Whitewash with white chalk paint.
4. Cut scrapbook paper to cover the top and any other areas you would like.
5. Mod Podge the paper to the jewelry box. Let dry.
6. Sand lightly and apply a second coat.
7. Again, sand lightly.
8. Finish with a couple coats of clear non-yellowing spray finish.
9. Replace hardware.

These two are available in my Etsy store.  Stay cool and hang in there...cooler weather is on it's way!

This post is linked to:

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special
It's Overflowing
I Heart Nap Time


  1. Gorgeous work! I want that scrapbook paper!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love both of these, they're so beautiful xox

  2. sheer awesomeness!

  3. Wow, beautiful!! I'm pinning this so I can give you credit when I do my own and blog about it! What a fantastic idea! And I'll do my own old ratty need to shop for one :)

  4. Hello, I've just popped over from Debbie's Linky party! Your blog is lovely, and I can't wait to explore more! I've pinned your post on Pinterest and I'm now your newest Follower! Looking forward to more visits! Have a lovely weekend!


  5. I love what you did with the jewelry boxes. I have two sitting in my craft room that my MIL gave me before she passed away that I've been wanting to do something with. Pinning it!

  6. Amazing! They are beautiful! I had to pin, too! :)

    Hope it cools down for you. We are in the 100's and my A/C never stops. I dread seeing the next electric bill!! Have a great weekend.

  7. Nice job on both of the jewelry boxes, Debbie.
    How is the craft room coming along?
    Did you get any rain up there?

  8. This is so beautiful! I have never thought to do this on my jewerly boxes. I will try this. I'm excited to be a new follower. I would love if you stopped by to check out my baby design ideas and followed me back at

  9. Wow!! These are so stunningly beautiful!! I'm glad you linked up at Romance on a dime. Pinning this. I'm also featuring this tomorrow.


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