Repurposed Jewelry Box to Mail Organizer – Trash to Treasure


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Hi friends!  It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday – where a few of my close blogging girls and I share makeovers from castaway items.  See all the previous T2T makeovers HERE.

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Jewelry boxes are practically a dime a dozen at thrift stores and yard sales.  And unfortunately, I have a soft spot for them and I’ve collected quite a few over time.  I think I’ve had this one for over a year now:

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They say that necessity is the mother of invention.  I looked around my house and saw piles of mail – some incoming, some outgoing, some were bills that needed to be paid – and finally I realized that this jewelry box could be the answer to all of our mail clutter.  (Stay with me…)

First I removed the drawers and had to glue a large crack down the edge.

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Then I painted it in Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Next I created a graphic in PicMonkey and printed it onto cardstock.  There are many ways to do an image transfer, and this one works for certain small projects – basically I traced the outline of the letters over the top of the box, pressing hard with a pen.

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It left a very faint image of the letters on top of the wood.

How to turn an old jewelry box into a mail organizer station - Trash to Treasure Tuesday.  girlinthegarage.net

Then instead of a small paint brush, I used a black Sharpie to trace and fill in the letters.

I let it dry for a few hours and lightly distressed with sandpaper.

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I seriously LOVE our new mail organizer and wish I had thought of this a long time ago!

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If you’re not familiar with French, “Carte Postale” means postcard and “Par Avion” means by plane (aka air mail) – two phrases that I thought were appropriate for my mail station.  😉

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And here’s a before/after comparison:

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By the way- yesterday may have been Labor Day in the U.S., but there’s been no labor for me yet!  I still have a few more weeks to go (hopefully) until Baby Boy #3 comes and there’s a lot left on my to-do list.  We’re finally redecorating our other sons’ rooms this week and I can’t wait to show you them when they’re all finished!  (Fingers crossed that they get done in time…)

Jen

Next, please visit my friends to see what they transformed for Trash to Treasure Tuesday.  These are the Before photos… Click to see the After!

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer:

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Bless’er House:

Bless'er House

Prodigal Pieces:

Prodigal Pieces

Artsy Chicks Rule:

Artsy Chicks Rule


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9 Comments on Repurposed Jewelry Box to Mail Organizer – Trash to Treasure

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    September 8, 2015 at 4:20 am (2 years ago)

    What a sweet and purposeful makeover, Jen! I love the graphic and the old thing made new. Isn’t it funny how it can take a while to find purpose sometimes? Best wishes on the babe!

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  2. Crystal
    September 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I never would of thought of using an old jewelry box as a sorter….totally genius!! I love it!! Can’t wait to see pics of the boys room 🙂

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    • Jen
      September 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Marie!

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  3. Lori
    September 9, 2015 at 9:54 am (2 years ago)

    Love the mail organizer! Wanted to see the other projects after picture but clicking the before picture didn’t work.

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    • Jen
      September 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Lori! To see the other projects, click on the name of their blog (right above each photo). 🙂

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  4. Terry
    September 9, 2015 at 11:21 am (2 years ago)

    I love this idea! I have seen your work on other blogs and always enjoy your posts! You do beautiful work! Please come and share! I would love it if you would join in on my Making Broken Beautiful party! It starts 6:00pm (MST) this Thursday September 10 and I would love to have you join up each week!
    Smiles for a great week!
    Terry
    (http://thecuratorscollection.wordpress.com)

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