Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeovers

The kids were on fall break last week, so I made an effort to find some projects we could work on together.  The girls were recently introduced to thrift store shopping, and they LOVE it.  It is so much fun for them to find something old and give it a new look.  They are just like their mom!

So while we were at Savers the other day, we came across a couple of really cheap jewelry boxes.  It never ceases to amaze me how much junk treasure those girls can amass.  I hate finding it scattered all over their dressers, so this project seemed like a perfect solution.  Tatertot picked out the box above for only $2.99.

And Bug liked this simple one for $.99.  We got right to work ripping out the insides, carefully, so we could save them and recover them with a fabric that matched their rooms.

Once we had the insides removed, we took a tiny screwdriver and removed all the hardware.  Then we gave each piece a light sanding, wiping them down with a damp cloth after.

Once everything was scuffed up, we gave it all a coat of Zinsser primer, followed by 2 light coats of Rustoleum spray paint.  Bug just wanted plain white, but Tatertot chose Green Apple in a satin finish.

Now the Green Apple paint was pretty dang bright, so I toned it down with my Ralph Lauren glaze.  I use this on a lot of my projects because it just adds so much depth.  You can’t beat it.

I recovered the existing inside pieces with fabric that matched my girls’ rooms.  I simply used some iron-on hemming tape to make sure the fabric adhered without being stiff or clumpy, which you might get if you used hot glue or E-6000.  Then I used epoxy and clothespins to glue the liners back in.

Once you get the liners back in, you simply reattach all the hinges and hardware, and you’re done.  These little pulls had a tiny nail that I pried out with a small screwdriver; then I gently tapped the nail back in with a hammer.  Some handles are attached with a little screw that is only visible once you remove the lining.  If that’s the case, you’ll want to reattach the handles before you glue the lining back in.

Here’s what Bug’s looked like after.  She’s not one for a lot of drama or bright patterns and colors.  Remember that stained glass on the top?  I just replaced it with glass from an old picture frame.  I used a glass cutter (available at Home Depot for $7, and super useful) to cut the glass down to size.

She likes simple and clean.  This box fits her personality perfectly.

And this is Tatertot’s.  She wanted a monogram added to the top, so I just used my Cricut to cut one out of vinyl.  It adds a lot of drama, and she loves the zebra lining.  So different, those two girls.

We come across jewelry boxes all the time at thrift stores.  This project couldn’t be easier, and so much fun to work on with my girls.  I love that they didn’t take much time at all.  The hardest part was waiting for paint and glue to dry.  Now we’re on the lookout for a couple more to store lip gloss and hair clips!



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25 Responses to “Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeovers”

  1. Juanita says:

    Oh my goodness, I love them both! I have a jewelry box sitting on my floor in my craft room to do for my youngest. I have two girls that are totally different as well. The boxes turned out amazing and I love your idea for doing some more for lip gloss and hair accessories. How do they end up with so much lip gloss / lip balm??? One question…which cartridge did you use for your monogram? I love it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Juanita. I don’t know how they end up with so much lip stuff, but they insist they use it all ;-)

      I didn’t use a cartridge to cut out the monogram. I used the Sure Cuts Alot program. I hear it doesn’t support Cricut anymore, but my version is ages old. I’m just holding out for a Silhouette someday. Ha ha.

  2. Rebecca says:

    They both look good. I’ve found that thrift stores and garage sales (or even estate sales) are a terrific place to find any type of box or storage. Plus it is even more fun when you are the one who customized it.

    I found your blog via The Thrifty Home link party.

  3. Carrie says:

    What amazing transformations! And you paid so little!! They look great!

    My sister and I host a joint party and we’d love for you to join us. Remember, when you link up at one site, it shows up on both my blog and my sister’s blog too…double exposure!!

  4. Michele says:

    Ahhh! I am in love with the candy apple green one! Besides the fact that I love that color, I love how you put the monogram on it. So beautiful!!

  5. Felicia says:

    I love your jewelry boxes. I am working on 5 different ones right now. I will have them on my blog soon. Stop by if you would like and check them out when I am done.

  6. So cute! I love seeing how you made two totally different but adorable boxes. I feel inspired!

  7. Jen says:

    I love the monogram!
    Looks great!

  8. You did such a brilliant job. I love the colour choices and the easy to follow tutorial. Now I’m going to be looking out for old jewellery boxes at my local op shops to transform!

  9. Jennifer says:

    I’m in love with love with your jewelry box! It reminds me of my mom. She had one just like that.

  10. gail says:

    I love your jewelry box makeovers! so cute!


  11. Mique says:

    Love this! I’ll be featuring it on my Pity Party tomorrow. Thanks for linking it up!

  12. From trash to treasure! Loved it and a superb job! :D

  13. Cat says:

    I love your jewelry boxes. I found one a lot like your green one at my local salvation army. Before painting, I glued cheap wooden drawer knobs to the bottom. I think it made mine look like a little dresser, especially with the tiny drawer pulls.

  14. Jessica says:

    I LOVE the zebra print fabric! Here is my own jewelry box redo in hot pink and teal:

  15. Terry says:

    Can I ask how on earth you make removing the lining look so easy? I have found it virtually impossible to remove! Any tricks??? Thanks!

  16. Leanne says:

    These are great. Can you describe the process of ripping out the old fabric and then relining the boxes in a little more detail? I would really appreciate the help.

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