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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Jewelry boxes' new life

Upcycling jewelry boxes

tips on how to fix hardware issues and dirty liner

I was busy working on the jewelry boxes lately, those are fun to paint and it is so nice to know somebody can use them again, this time with a style. 

First thing to do when I choose a box to decorate is to check if all the hardware is in a good condition, if it is loose I tight it and sometimes it takes some more fixing if screws keep spinning & not holding on anything. To fix this problem I remove the hinges and fill the screw hole with some spackling, then wait when it dries, place hinge back and you are good to go. 
Sometimes I use boxes in a very bad shape for spare parts. 

The other issue with the old jewelry boxes is dirty liners inside. I found solution for that. I use chalk paint and paint either the whole drawer or some section of the liner like I did in the box on the picture below. 

Before painting or if you decide not to paint you have to vacuum the drawers and if this doesn't help use the painter tape or other sticky tape to collect dust and other dirt from the fabric. It works. 
If the liner is in a bed shape and even coming off the drawer I replace it with other liner such as burlap. I hot glue burlap onto the piece of cardboard shaped like the drawer's insides and then glue them inside the drawer.  Example is on the pictures below:

I am usually using chalk paints for the boxes, they are fun to work with and you can make the box feel really smooth for touch by sanding the surface slightly. I also love how the clear wax gives them velvety feel with a bit of shine. You also can distress easily with the chalk paint, additionally I use some antiquing mediums or technics for vintage look. 
Here are more of my works:

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