This old, plain, ORANGE drawered box needed a brand new look…and life! I gave it one, a jewelry box mirror top, perfect for holding all your pretties and even perfume bottles up top.
It’s Trash To Treasure Transformation Tuesday and my friends and I are sharing our brand new treasures.
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see what they are sharing today!
I’m sharing this…
Which looked like this inside…
I found it at the thrift store a few weeks ago and thought it’d make a great little jewelry box.
I immediately thought to put the mirror on the top somehow.
It sat for a bit while I tried to find a piece of glass that would fit. I couldn’t.
So I ended up just taking it up to a local glass cutter and having one made for about $20.
That’s a lot considering I only paid $2 (half price) for this box. But I really wanted that pretty mirror on top!
I thought they’d cut it and I’d glue it on. And since I wanted to get the ball rolling I went ahead and took it in.
When I got there, they told me they would glue it on for me! Darn, should’ve painted it first but it worked out okay.
Here you can see where I took the old wood knobs out and added filler. I wanted one knob in the middle instead.
Then I taped up the mirror top and painted the rest with white spray paint. (inside and out, simple enough!)
Next, I went up to Joann’s Fabrics looking for something nice to go inside the drawers.
I wanted something soft since I was planning to make this a jewelry box. And I needed it somewhat thick so as not to show the glue stuck to the bottom of the drawers. (which was near impossible to remove…I tried)
I found this jersey type material…which worked perfectly!
I simply laid it inside the drawer and used a watercolor pencil to line the edges that needed cut.
I used the smooth side of the fabric, by the way.
Then I sprayed adhesive on the drawer bottom and attached the material.
You can see the knobs up there in that photo that I had planned to use.
But they ended up being too big and just would not work. More on that in a bit.
But first, let me tell you about the pretty transfer I used.
It’s this beauty.
And actually comes in 3 parts.
Instead of using them all on one project, I used them on 3!
Remember the French tray project I did last month? This one >>> “French Basket Tray”
Well, I only used part of the graphic on that one.
And remember the little mini treasure chest?? This one >>> “Mini Treasure Chest Makeover”
Well, part of the same transfer was on that too.
Now today I am using the last part of that transfer.
Just for reference, the first part of the transfer that I used on the French basket tray said, “life is the flower, love”.
The entire saying is something along the lines of “Life is the flower, love is the honey”.
So, since all I had left was “is the honey”, I thought I’d add the “LOVE” up top on the mirror so it at least made some sort of sense! ;)
Once the paint was dry, I attached the Prima transfer.
I just closed the drawers and rubbed the transfer with the wooden stick provided.
Once it was all transferred, I took a sharp knife and cut where the drawer openings are.
Next, I created the “love” wordage on my computer and cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo. (<<< here’s a nice bundle)
I originally planned to spray paint the letters in, in white by using the cutout as a stencil.
But that didn’t work out well at all.
The paint scraped off too easily. Bummer. (but good too because I just scraped it all off and began again)
Thankfully I had carefully removed the vinyl “LOVE” lettering and stuck them to a piece of transfer tape.
I don’t always do that because it’s really hard to get them out without ruining them. You pretty much have to use them either/or.
As a stencil or just the lettering.
So, yay!! I used the black vinyl lettering which I ended up loving the look of much better anyway!
And I always knew I wanted to put some kind of little feet on the jewelry box mirror tray too.
These old knobs off of our previous dining cabinet would work perfectly.
I simply sprayed them silver (well, I sprayed them black and then used a “mirrored” type of spray paint but they just came out looking silver)
By the way, I’ve used that mirror spray multiple times before and have made some cool things. (that really did turn out “mirror-like”)
Actually, this is a faux “antique” mirror that I made with it years ago, see it here >>> “How To Make An Antique Mirror”
Next, I glued them to the bottom with E6000 glue.
For the knobs, I had originally planned to use mirrored looking, square knobs but they covered up too much of the pretty transfer.
I went up to Michael’s and found these pretty curved wood pieces and thought they’d be perfect.
I simply filled the holes and glued them onto the front with E6000 glue.
I wasn’t worried about them not being “real” knobs that screwed in because the drawers and so lightweight.
I painted them white because I wanted them the least noticeable as possible.
One coat of topcoat sealer and done.
And there she is, all dolled up!
The top is perfect for placing your pretty glass perfume bottles on.
So girly, girly.
Those are 3 of the all-natural perfumes I’ve made. (I use essential oils and high proof alcohol, nothing artificial and they smell so good!)
Interested in essential oils?? Check out this post, here.
What a transformation that old, orange little box underwent, huh?
Want to take a look inside?
Perfect for all things jewelry. Necklaces, watches, earrings and rings.
Everything fits in here.
Here are the sources for the things I used…
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Have a wonderful week!
I’ll see you back here on Thursday. :)
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