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DIY Jewelry Box Makeover

Disclosure: A big thanks to DecoArt for sponsoring this post and providing the paint for the project, even though this post is sponsored all opinions are mine, all mine. 

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

My youngest daughter turns 13 this weekend. I can not believe it, I now have 3 teenagers and no more little kids! I’m seriously not old enough for this !! *wink*

The last couple of years my she has started to collect more and more jewelry, she’s recently really started to wear more of it. After it started to congregate into a giant pile on her dresser,  we figured she was in need of a new jewelry box.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

Instead of buying her a new jewelry box, I decided to give her an old one of mine. It’s big enough to hold all of her stuff and has lots of drawers and “secret” compartments, perfect for a teenager.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

The only problem with the jewelry box was that it was not really in a style that matched her room (you can see photos of her room here).   It was dark wood,  and since I have had it for over 10 years it was chipped and scratched on the sides.

I decided that I wanted to paint it, but it has a funny finish on it- I wasn’t sure that paint would stick to it, and I didn’t want to spend all day sanding it first.


Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

I ended up painting it with the new DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint. It worked GREAT!! I didn’t have to sand before hand, and even though I was using a light color of paint, it covered the dark wood well.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

I used a very light pinkish purple color called Promise. I also used the Americana Decor clear Creme Wax to finish and seal the project.

Here’s how I did it:


First I took off the knobs and wiped the box down well. You want a clean surface to start with.  I then painted right onto the existing finish on the box.  Just so you know, the first couple of coats will look bad- don’t stress. This stuff covers great, but takes about 3-4 coats. Also make sure you stir your paint well. I re-stirred the paint each time I put a new coat on.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

I used a standard paintbrush- I also used a few foam brushes to get into corners. The paint is thick- so don’t apply too much pressure with your brush.  Also watch your corners for drips, since the paint is thick, it may congregate on the edges, wipe away the excess paint as you go.  Let the paint dry between each coat.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

I also decided to paint over the hinges and hardware instead of trying to tape them all off. The paint adhered right to the metal, no problem.

After you’ve covered all of the dark wood, it’s time to sand. It’s up to you how much. I wanted a very distressed look, so I started with an electric sander on the edges.  I used a medium grit sand paper to start- and only hit the corners and edges.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

After I had the edges distressed, I took a fine grit sandpaper and went over ALL of the box.  This will even out all of the brush strokes. Even if you don’t want a heavily distressed finish, don’t skip the sanding with the fine grit sandpaper.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

Next use a damp cloth and wipe all of the dust off of the box. Make sure you wipe it down well.

The last step is to seal it with wax. Using a Round waxing brush, brush a light coat of wax over all of the painted surfaces. Let it dry, then buff it with a cloth- I used an cloth diaper.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

To finish it off, attach your hardware. I didn’t want to use the same pulls that were on the box. Turns out, I could not find any knobs small enough to replace the existing drawer pulls with, so I used buttons instead. It was really easy..

You’re just going to need a button with a shank, some wire, wire cutters and a plastic button with 2 holes.

Make your own drawer pulls from buttons

Run a piece of wire though the button shank.

Make your own drawer pulls from buttons

Feed the wires through the hole for the drawer pull.

Make your own drawer pulls from buttons

Feed the wires through the 2nd button on the back of the drawer. Tie the wires off to hold in place.

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

Jewelry Box Redo using Chalky Finish Paint

For more information about Decor Art Chalky Finish paint, including all of the great colors it comes in along with project ideas visit the DecorArt website. You can get Chalky Finish paint at Home Depot(you can also buy it online) and  Michaels.
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  1. This turned out GREAT. I just love it, especially those button drawer pulls, those are fabulous! I never see buttons like that, but the whole drawer pull thing is so gorgeous. Love the finish. Great job, great idea, great tutorial!! Thanks!

    1. I’m so glad you like it! I actually found them in the bead section of the craft store- they had a bunch of different styles

  2. What a great project! I’ve added a link to one of our pinboards. Check them out at Pinterest.com/Homedepot

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  6. I love this article! It’s so good and the step-by-step procedure are detailed, which is super helpful for people like me who messes up even the simplest of instructions. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more wonderful DIYs here!

  7. So cute and I am absolutely in love with how you used old buttons as drawer pulls. It would be awesome if you used old brooches too!

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