DIY Makeover An Old Jewelry Box

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DIY Makeover An Old Jewelry Box

I found this wood jewelry box at the thrift shop back in November. It had a nice shape but definitely needed a little love. Inspired by Jenny's project I decided to pay the $3 for it and see what I could do!
The inside was a little grungy and there was a large crack in the top that needed fixing. So I rolled up my sleeves and got to work!

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These are the supplies I used:
  • medium grit sandpaper
  • wood filler (not pictured)
  • spray paint. I used Rustoleum Lagoon
  • gloss topcoat
  • 1/4 yard velvet
  • a few pieces of chipboard
  • double-sided tape
  • hot glue gun
  • pliers
Using a pair of pliers, I removed the old velvet and cloudy mirror from the inside of the box. Then I sanded the whole thing down with the medium grit sandpaper. I filled the cracks with a few coats of wood filler, letting each coat dry before adding the next one. Then I sanded down the wood filler to match the box surface and wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove the dust. Time for painting!

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I left the hardware on and covered it with a piece of foil. I can't remember how many coats I sprayed onto the box, but it was a few, maybe 5 or 6. Light, even coats are key! When the paint is dry to the touch add the gloss spray. I had trouble getting an even coat of gloss with this one. Maybe it was the brand I used? Not quite sure, but I feel like I had to add so many coats just to start seeing some gloss out of it. I'll have to try a different product next time.

I let the box dry for a day or two before starting in on the velvet lining. I chose this great coral-red velvet to contrast with the bright teal outside. Using the measurements of the inside of the box, I cut out 5 chipboard rectangles: four for the sides and one for the bottom. Then I cut pieces from the velvet about 1" longer and wider than the rectangles.

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I attached the velvet to the chipboard with double-stick tape on the two long sides first and then trimmed the overlap. Then I folded the end pieces over, making sure to get clean corners (at least on the corners that will show). Hot glue the pieces into the box/drawer. I glued in the long sides, then short sides, and then the bottom.

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Now it's the perfect home for my vintage brooches.

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Not bad for $3 and about $10 in supplies! It already has a home on my dresser.

DIY Makeover An Old Jewelry Box


  1. What a great idea! I see old wood jewelry boxes really cheap at Goodwill all the time.They always look pretty beat on the inside. Thanks for a great idea on how to make them fab again. I think an old photo or post card to replace the mirror would look really pretty.

    1. That's a great idea to add a photo or postcard to the inside of the lid! Let me know if you ever revamp a jewelry box of your own. I'd love to see how it turns out!

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