Almost Overlooked – Jewelry Boxes

The little girls have at least a dozen jewelry boxes.  They’re all small, and mostly covered in Disney Princesses or ballerinas.

At some point, I picked up 2 bigger jewelry boxes at GoodWill, figuring that I could update them for the girls when they grew out of princesses.  oooooo – that’s kinda sad.  I know they will eventually not want to use a princess jewelry box, but I seriously did not have to just write that.  ouch.

The boxes sat on a shelf with a bunch of other projects that are waiting to be tackled.

I have stared at that shelf of projects every time I start a Search.  You know the Search – you’re trying to style a table, mantel, shelf, etc., and you wander from room to room looking for something, ANYthing new or different to add interest or height to the arrangement…

How is it that I’ve stared at that shelf for nearly a year before I realized how perfectly the boxes would serve that purpose??

Maybe because one of them looked like this…

Yikes!  Blue Naugahyde.

I had always planned to cover it with fabric, but now I wanted both boxes to have a similar look.  Chalk paint sticks to anything, right???   I found out that it definitely sticks to Naugahyde!

Both boxes got 2 coats of ASCP Old White, a little Minwax Dark Walnut stain, and lots of sanding.

The wooden box is on my winter mantel.

The blue box was the perfect size to hold a dish full of pretty flowers.

I don’t even want to think about how many other jewelry boxes at GoodWill that I’ve walked past.  They will be coming home with me from now on!

Much love –


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  1. So cute, both the box and the set-up! And I also love the lamp, it is adorable! =)

  2. I love it! Love your decorating style! Why did you have to sand though, looks like it wouldn’t require much, just curious!
    enjoying your blog!

  3. It’s great that you like to experiment…I never would have thought to paint these. They are just gorgeous! That’s thinking outside of the box!! (No pun intended!!).

    Have a good week, Brenda!


  4. again you are awesome!

  5. I’m so guilty of overlooking things. The last two times I went to Goodwill, I just stood and stared at things trying to get myself to see them differently. Those ugly finishes can really be tricky to rethink, can’t they. You did so well. They are both keepers now and they are practical too. Can’t beat that!

  6. What a great idea! I’l certainly be trying this! Just found your blog through Coastal Charm. I’m a new follower. Come over and see me!

  7. That corner is so cute, I LOVE the table too, the old sewing machine base is beautiful, like sculpture, then you have the shiny vase and chalk painted box, it’s all very cute together and I love the checks on the furniture, it’s so happy looking!

  8. I love how these turned out and they are perfectly placed in your home. I am so bad at layering and stacking, love how you put the flowers on top of one of the boxes. I wish we lived closer so we could go thrifting together, we were totally missing you on Sat. Oh and I LOVE your new blog design!!!!

  9. You’ve inspired me not to pass up old jewelry boxes on my next trip to Goodwill – thanks!

  10. Collecting vintage furniture is one of my hubbies. I will add this vintage box of yours to my collection…By the way thanks for sharing…

  11. Hi Brendra, I’m about 30 miles from Pittsburgh, right by California University!
    I love the jewelry boxes, now when I see them at GW I’ll give them a second thought. Yours turned out great!

  12. Simply gorgeous! Featuring tomorrow.

  13. These boxes are hands down something that I would do! I love them. I actually need a jewelry box for myself….these would be perfect!!! And now I have an idea of what I’ll be doing when I find one!

    Thanks for sharing!


  14. Never would have thought of painting a jewelry box!! Looks great! Now I have to be on the lookout for one thanks to you!

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