The jewelry box now sits on top of my sister Colleen’s dresser, but it doesn’t really match. Colleen’s bedroom is crazy-big-huge (like bigger than your entire first apartment huge). It is also modern and sleek with black furniture, a plush red sofa and awesome black-and-white chevron draperies.
We decided the jewelry box needed a makeover.
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This isn’t the first makeover I’ve done on something that belonged to our grandmother. I painted and decoupaged a picture of our kids onto the top of one of Grandma Claire’s tables for Colleen’s birthday present a few years ago. It sits in the entryway of her house now and makes me happy every time I walk through her front door and see it. I also painted a table for my living room—another piece that I love.
Grandma Claire’s jewelry box was a simple project—no fancy new techniques to share here today. Colleen wanted it black to match the furniture in her bedroom. I couldn’t resist adding a stencil down the sides of the drawers and on the drawer fronts for a surprise pop of gold when you open the doors. I used metallic gold craft paint.
I didn’t want to wax the jewelry box because it will be opened and closed every day and may start to look smudgy after awhile. Instead, I used Low Sheen Burnishing Paste from Real Milk Paint Company, which we sell in our shop All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.
I LOVE THIS STUFF! Here’s a link for more information on Real Milk Paint Company’s Burnishing Paste. It is an environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, NO VOC top coat that provides great protection for high traffic areas like kitchen cabinets without harsh chemicals. It looks like lotion and can be applied with a brush, sponge or clean rag. I brushed on the outside of the jewelry box and used an old t-shirt on tight spots like the trim on the bottom. It works perfectly with Real Milk Paint, of course, but it is also compatible with most brands of chalk/mineral paints.
Burnishing Paste makes the paint color a shade darker, which was perfect to make the black jewelry box even blacker. It also helps hide imperfections in your paint job. Check out this side-by-side shot:
And here’s the finished jewelry box: