Hi everyone, happy November!
Wow, it sure is hard to believe that Halloween is already past, and soon the holidays will be upon us!!
Today I thought I'd share with you one of my latest projects that I completed for DecoArt, a vintage jewelry box which I transformed.
Here is a peak at the "after". Of course, it didn't look like this when I discovered it!
When I first spotted the piece while thrifting, I just knew it would be fun to give it makeover.
I was drawn to the raised panels on the doors and each side, as well as the pretty embossed design on the top. Plus, it was made in Japan and very well built, and the music box still worked! It plays "Lara's Theme" perfectly. While the ballerina designs on the panels were pretty, they were showing some wear, and one was starting to peel off.
The two doors opened to reveal three velvet lined drawers. Only problem was, they were red velvet!
While the material was still in very good shape, the color just did not fit with what I had in mind.
No problem! I decided to remove the velvet and paint and decoupage the inside of the drawers. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, was I ever wrong!
Can you believe I literally spent hours removing every last trace of that velvet and cardboard backing from the drawers?? It was very frustrating, to say the least! In the end, I am glad that I decided to redo the insides. With that said, the next time I make over a jewelry box, I will leave the insides alone!:)
Ok, I am getting a little ahead of myself in all the excitement!
I first removed the hinges on the doors. Then I painted the entire box in my favorite light blue chalk paint, called "Vintage". It has just a bit of gray undertones and is oh so pretty!
I also used some creamy white "Lace" chalkpaint to dry brush the piece and give a bit of dimension.
I knew I wanted the drawers to be a bit darker, so I mixed in some black "Carbon" chalk paint with the light blue, resulting in a nice dove gray.
I also gave the entire piece a little glazing treatment for instant aging.
The piece de la resistance is the pretty floral design that I decoupaged onto the raised panels.
It is from DecoArts new decoupage paper line, and I just love it!
Aren't those blue roses gorgeous?
I've done quite a bit of decoupaging over the years, and this was my first experience using actual decoupage paper. It is the perfect weight and texture, and is so easy to work with!
Here's a look at the embossed design in the top. It's hard to see in my photo, but the glazing settled into the design making it a bit more pronounced, just as I was hoping.
Oh, another thing I forgot to mention! I painted the border of the raised panels in creamy "Lace" to help set them off.
I also used Lace to paint the inside of the drawers. Then I lined them with more of DecoArts decoupage paper in a vintage sheet music motif. Love!
I must say that I am thrilled with the end result!
Aren't the cute little wooden feet darling?
In the end, it was worth all of the work, and it was a very fun makeover!
I can't wait to find another box that I can transform!
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you have a great week!
Disclaimer: I am compensated by DecoArt, but all opinions
are my own.
are my own.