Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jewelry Box Makeover....Giving It Some Bling.

Every girl needs a little Bling in her life, right?

Well how about a little bling for a box that holds all of those pretty things too...

And to think...this blinging jewelry box started out pretty plain, I picked this one up at my favorite local vintage wares shop, Junk 'N' The Trunk.

Handmade, heavy! and full of possibilities..... I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

I started by painting out the areas on the box that I would distress later. I used "burnt umber" acrylic craft paint...

You should have seen the looks I was getting around the house when I started painting it like this....

"Come on people!! I have a plan!!" 
I kept wanting to say, but I kept my mouth shut and went right on working.

Do you know what my favorite trick is for distressing small pieces??

Weird, right? But it works like a charm and I don't ever use any sand paper at all. none. not one little bit.

To do this technique you just need to put a small amount of Vaseline over the painted areas where the distressed look would happen naturally.... just make sure you only put the Vaseline where you want the dark paint to show through in the finished piece.

I lugged this bad boy outside for the next step in the process....

I used satin finish, "Pistachio" Krylon.
Once the spray paint was dry

{wait for it....this is my favorite part}

I used a paper towel to wipe away the paint where I put the Vaseline

That's it!
{I told you there would be no sanding!}

{sorry for the terrible inside at night picture, but you get the idea}

Now, time for some BLING!
I picked up all of these little pretties at, you guessed it, Junk 'N' the Trunk

After removing the backs of the earrings and pins with pliers, I got out my trusty hot glue gun and got to work...

And what do I put in my Blinged out jewelry box....
Oh, you know....just a few pretties....

What's that? Oh, you like that pretty "Butterfly Time" Pocket watch necklace??
Well, I might just have a few extra of those laying around over 
{shameless plug..hehehe}

Oh...I'm a happy girl :)

Even the flowers perked up when they saw all that bling!!

Thank you so much for stopping by to take a look!


  1. Oh my goodness, so pretty. I will have to do this to mine! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Carmella I love it! The color you chose is beautiful, especially with the brown coming though. The bling is awesome! Great, great job!

  3. OMGOSH! That is beautiful! Again, I need to try the "vaseline" trick...thanks for sharing. Hmmmm...I need to hit the thrift stores ~~ Robyne~~

  4. Vaseline! You're a genius! I am totally trying that next time I paint something!

    Blessings, Grace

  5. This is beautiful! I've never tried the vaseline trick before. I'm going to have to give it a whirl!

  6. This is absolutely stunning! Jealous of you right now...if you feel like parting ways with it let me know!! ;)

  7. wonderful project, and one that I'll have to share with my readers (we love anything with recycled/repurposed/upcycled elements). A new visitor and follower, Mike @ www.recreatedesigncompany.com

  8. Awesome! I did a desk in Pistachio and it's just a great color! New follower from the Tater Tots and Jello link up! I love the drawer pulls out of vintage jewelry.

  9. I popped over from ONe Artsy Mama... I love this bling and this little drawer set. CUTE!!!

  10. Oh, where's my drool bib? Love. This. And what a nifty tip with vaseline, who woulda thunk it? Now I have to go share your blog link with my sisters!!

  11. Holy smokes! I have a dresser sitting in my garage begging for pistachio spray paint and vaseline...my sister tipped me off to your blog and I'm way happy that she did!

  12. This is AMAZING!!! I love it so much! Beautiful job, friend. I found you via the CHQ blog hop and am happy to be your newest follower! When you get a sec, I'd love a follow back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com! :)

  13. This is SPECTACULAR! I love the color and the pulls and everything about it! Thanks so much for linking up to the CHQ Blog Hop! Happy to be following along via GFC!

  14. Carmella, this is GORGEOUS! I've been wanting to try this method but was a little unsure, your tutorial is great! I'm pinning this for sure!!! Would love it if you linked it up at Keep Calm and Link Up going on right now! http://chase-thestar.blogspot.com/2012/08/keep-calm-and-link-up-2.html
    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  15. I LOVE this!! That's good to know vaseline works, I've been using furniture wax (which is more expensive - though I'm stocked up for quite a while now, LOL). Gorgeous. :)

  16. This turned out so fun, I am in love with your knobs! I showed you off tonight, and you are my blog of the week!


  17. How cute! I love the idea with the old jewellery pieces as drawer pulls!

  18. Amazing!great post.Thank you for sharing.

  19. That is GORGEOUS! Well done! You have a new fan. Please check out my tiny jewelry box makeover and tell me what you think! http://fauxfae.blogspot.com/2012/10/jewelry-box-upcycle.html

  20. Nice of your to share these wonderful post. I’m going to read each and one of them, I’m sure I will learn something–as you did.

  21. I LOVE this jewelry box so so much see C. I remember seeing it the first time around and thinking it was so so you, and I just adore you and your style! I hope you are having such a wonderful holiday season sweet friend. Hugs.
    ps we need to catch up soon!

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  27. I featured your jewelry box feature in a post at SheekGeek: http://sheekgeek.org/2013/jessicasheekgeek/jewerlyboxmakeoverideas

  28. I'm painting a jewelry box for my sister right now. What a GREAT idea to use jewelry as drawer pulls! I'm sending this to her right now! :)

  29. Lerv this soooo very much. NOW I know what to do with all my bits and bobs laying around the place. Very cute! (btw saw your box via sheekgeek post.)

  30. OMG i love this! I have been looking for something fun to use as knobs on a jewelry box I picked up a while back and this is PERFECT!! I have a giant bag full of broaches and fancy earrings like this. it was meant to be!! I would love to you stop over and join my party!! There are two going on right now so feel free to link up to both!! Totally Terrific Tuesday is my weekly party and there is a spring blog hop I am a part of!! I would be honored to have your genius mind there!!
    Have a wonderful hump day!
    Jess @liverandomlysimple


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