Hello, friend! I just love painting wooden boxes, especially old jewelry boxes. There are countless ways to upcycle jewelry boxes with paint, stencils, image transfers, decoupage, embellishments, and more. It’s also a great way to practice new techniques before trying them on larger pieces of furniture.
Today I’m sharing a new upcycled project, and you’ll also discover even more hand painted jewelry box ideas to inspire you.
Once upon a time back in 2015, I found this wooden jewelry box at a yard sale. I brought it home and painted it in metallic paint and added a white PARIS stencil on top. You can find that stenciled jewelry box tutorial and more photos here.
I liked how the project turned out, but I didn’t really loooooove how it turned out. But I also didn’t want to part with it, so the box stayed as-is until this month when it got a fresh new update.
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First, I lightly sanded over the stencil to remove some of the texture. (Don’t forget to grab my free guide How to Properly Prep Furniture for Painting here!)
Then I went through my stash and found this clearance Paintable Decorative Furniture Trim (also called a furniture applique, onlay, or moulding). You can find tons of styles of furniture appliques and trim here.
Put a thin line of super glue all over the back of the trim.
Then place the trim wherever you want it on your piece. I centered mine right on top and then set some paint on top to weigh it down while drying.
Finally, the fun part is brushing on the paint and watching the two different pieces become one cohesive design. I chose Country Chic Paint in the color Ooh La La (light pink) because it’s sweet and feminine, just how a hand painted jewelry box filled with treasures should be. Learn more about Country Chic Paint and see the bookcase I stenciled with 6 different Country Chic Paint colors here.
I applied two coats of paint on the outside with my Purdy paint brush, and left the inside metallic gold like it was before.
And here’s the After of this wooden painted jewelry box…
Isn’t it so sweet in pink? The fancy trim really added the perfect touch – and it was so easy.
Below you can see the shimmery inside with a few of my own treasures…
I’ve also added appliques to a storage bench makeover for my book Amazing Furniture Makeovers. That project involved layers of paint and distressing, but turned out really chic.
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Here are a few more hand painted jewelry box ideas…
You could also hide your special pieces in a repurposed book box like this project I did a few years ago with an old book cover, yardstick, and decoupage:
Now it’s time for someTrash to Treasure projects from my friends!
Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the creative Afters and to learn how they did it: