How to turn your old ugly jewelry box into a pretty sewing storage box with sections.
My Sewing Storage Box Vision
Join me on my journey to Make A Sewing Storage Box From A Jewelry Box. It does require a little imagination and you will understand once you see what I started with.
I spotted this ugly beat-up old jewelry box in one of my favorite thrift stores several months ago. It was half price, only $3 cha-ching! I’m in the process of ‘decorating’ my craft room. I knew I could upcycle this piece into some cute sewing supply storage. So into my cart, it went. Yep, that’s right, I get a shopping cart when I go into my favorite thrift store, don’t you?
Oh my goodness, it’s so ugly and dirty.
Supplies for making a sewing storage box
- 1 ugly old vintage wooden jewelry box
- Drawer pulls, wooden thread spools
- Spackling like this
- Flat black spray paint
- Americana chalky finish paint, Innocence
- Spray Lacquer
- Mod Podge
- E6000 glue
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Decorative paper, Vintage black toile
First I washed the outside and I do mean washed. This jewelry box is wood so it held up just fine to a good washing.
Then I removed the drawer pulls and that horrible yellow-flocked stuff masquerading as velvet. I was having flashbacks to the ’70s.
Removing the drawer pulls left small indention’s on the drawer fronts. I filled those in with spackling.
I used three coats of paint.
Our first coat of paint is a very light spray of flat black. I didn’t intend to cover well, just a good dusting of black.
The second coat of paint is pink chalk paint which I brushed on. This needs to be underneath for the antique finish to come later.
A final coat is sprayed on flat black. I almost forgot to snap a pic. I was already beginning to sand the top. I forgot to paint that little strip in the front so it’s in progress in this photo.
Antiquing was next. No photos of the process. Sometimes when you get busy crafting, you forget to stop and snap pictures. I used a fine grit sandpaper and moved slowly. It was actually kind of fun.
Fitting and gluing paper to the drawers was next. I found this pretty toile paper and knew I just had to have it! It is only .44¢ per sheet at Hobby Lobby.
Cutting and fitting were a matter of trial and error. I used Mod Podge to glue the paper down. A top coat of Mod Podge was added as a sealer. This step was the most tedious part with lots of cutting and fitting.
Mod Podge is one of my favorite mediums to work with. That is why I curated this list of 20 Mod Podge projects to do around the house.
TIP: Manicure scissors are perfect for trimming the edges of the paper which poked out at the tops of the drawers.
You can see in the photo above that all the bottom paper from the ugly yellow stuff wouldn’t come out. That area was covered easily.
I added the paper to the sides first in every section.
Then, I began adding Mod Podge on the back side of each section and drawer and worked my way across to the opposite side. I painted the glue onto small sections of the paper at a time. I’m so glad I remembered to notice the design of the paper was facing forward before beginning.
Adding the drawer pulls. I had these cute little wooden spools in my craft stash. Because I intend to use my new storage box for sewing supplies, I thought these spools would be perfect drawer pulls.
It was pretty easy to cut them in half using a hack saw. They received the same three coats of paint. I glued them into place using E6000.
The last step was to spray on a coat of lacquer to seal the paint and make a nice looking finish.
I’m in love with the finished project. It was a lot of work with multiple steps but I love it!
This was my first experience with antiquing. I’m happy with the results and my choice of paint colors. This old jewelry box was easy to work with.
This jewelry box makeover turned out beautiful. I use it as a pretty sewing tools storage box in my craft room. If you wanted to return it to jewelry storage, that would work as well.
Prior to this project, the sewing tools in my new sewing storage box were in various places around my craft room. Hunting for them when I needed them was a real pain. That ugly old vintage jewelry box solved a problem for me.
I’m very happy with how this project turned out. I’m using it for some of the sewing supplies that I tend to reach for most often. That seam ripper and I are on a first-name basis anytime I sit down to sew.
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