Monday, April 14, 2014

Princess Jewelry Box

One of my dearest friends has a daughter born in June. I wanted to make her a gift for her birthday and was at a loss until I came accross this little jewelry box at a thrift store.

I actually wish I would have taken more before photos. The box actually looks white here, but in real life it definitly had a yellowish tint. But I think that happens in photos and on camera, that the light reflects in such a way it looks white. 

There were no hinges, mirror, or anything on the inside to hold the jewelry. But the basic structure was still there, so I thought it was a good investment. As it turns out it was more of a time investment than I had intended (isn't that how it always is?). I had to replace pieces of the wood, so much for my thinking the structure was in tact. The drawer didn't work and I had to replace the front of the drawer. Then I had to fix a side of the top. So, I guess I'm saying it looked like a good deal, but was actually in much poorer shape than I had realized. Oh, well. This small box was well loved by the previous owner. And hopefully I restored it to it's former glory! 

Sorry I can't locate the process pics for this project, except for this painting pic. And then these pics of the knobs. And actually I did the painting and knobs on a separate day from the repairs which is why I have these pics, but can't find the others.

I found these cute heart knobs on ebay for less than a dollar. But they were really scratched so I took some aluminum foil and water to them. Similar to the reoving rust post which you can see here.

Next, I spray painted them using a piece of scrap wood which I drilled holes into as a holder.

And here's the finished product.

Oh, I found insert pieces at a local hobby shop. They make kits for everything these days! I had never been in that store before and was just browsing to kill some time.

The hinges were from home depot. And the mirror is from Michaels.

I am totally excited to have made this for my friend's daughter and I hope it's something she'll utilize for years to come!

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