Do you ever get stumped? That happened to me with my vintage jewelry box makeover.
It happens to all of us… right?
I certainly hope I’m not the only one. 🙂
My ideas for this jewelry box makeover were all over the place, and for whatever reason I couldn’t commit to any of them.
So what did I do?
Here’s the jewelry box that I shared a while back in this Finds post.
After a few weeks of looking at it I was still not able to decide what to do with it, so I put it away to avoid being confronted with the indecision every time I went into my craft studio.
That was the best thing I could have done because then one day it happened… the idea happened… just like that… out of the blue.
I heard someone use the expression…. ‘that’s music to my ears’… and that was all I needed.
And it felt right. What a relief! 🙂
I love to store my jewelry that I wear on a regular basis where I can see it, like this vintage cooking grill jewelry storage and this candle holder turned jewelry holder, but it’s nice to put away pieces that I don’t wear often or that are going to be sold in my etsy shop eventually.
For this jewelry box makeover all you need is some Mod Podge, vintage sheet music, some handmade paper, scissors, and a small paint brush.
The first thing I did was remove the back area on the inside. I didn’t like it and I wouldn’t use it anyway.
It was glued in a couple of spots, but it popped out quite easily.
Then I just cut sheet music to fit in various areas of the jewelry box as I went around.
The above is the front of the lid.
Here I’m fitting a piece to slide down around those metal hinge pieces.
After applying some mod podge onto the surface of the jewelry box, and on the cut piece of sheet music, I put it in place.
You can see this on the left side of the picture below.
I worked my way around, tucking the sheet music in between the interior dividers and the sides of the box.
Then I framed each side in sheet music.
And then completely covered the sides…
… and the top, always applying Mod Podge to both the sheet music and the jewelry box.
For the sake of history I left the jewelry box maker’s mark on the back uncovered.
After finishing the outside it was time to do the inside.
I really didn’t like its coloring at all, but I liked the design and the way it was laid out.
This is where the handmade paper came in.
The great thing about this paper is that with a little moisture applied to it, like mod podge, it can be manipulated and shaped.
I’ll be covering up all those holes because I never wear stud earrings.
The original plastic interior liners had some kind of felt-like texture on them.
I applied mod podge onto both the liners and the paper and filled them in bit by bit.
After doing a base layer all the way across I let it dry and then applied a second. I did the same thing with the other interior levels of the box.
This process kind of reminded me of papier mache, but it wasn’t quite as messy.
Messy… just not quite as messy. 🙂
I had to keep washing my sticky fingers so they wouldn’t pull off the paper while I was working with it.
I really wanted a mirror on the inside of the box so I added this thrifted one with E6000 glue.
So here’s the very dated and tired looking jewelry box before.
I found a bunch of this handmade paper at a thrift store years ago for $1.
Those are real dried leaves in the paper.
Even though I won’t see the leaves when the box is filled with jewelry I love them, and I’ll know they’re there.
It’s kinda fun to hide design elements like that.
This $2 thrifted jewelry box had seen better days.
Now it’s waltzing into the future with a fun vintage look.
This black and white version of the cover was inside the book. I loved it so much that I cut it into pieces so it would fit and I decoupaged them on the top.
Then I gave the whole exterior three coats of mod podge.
To girlify it a bit I added some pink ribbon and some small faux pearl beading using my glue gun. That’s really all it needs I think.
Sometimes less is more.
What? Did I really say that? lol.
I’m so happy that after a few months of struggling with this project it’s finally done, and I really love the way it turned out.
So if you’re ever stumped by what to do with something, maybe try putting it away for a while. Once you stop thinking about it an idea might just come to you.
It’s sort of like finding something you lost as soon as you stop looking for it. lol.
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UPDATE: The words on the top of the jewelry box should read The World Famous Waltz Album. You can read about how that happened at How to Succeed at Messing Up a Project Without Really Trying.
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