Today I’m sharing some of my favorite tips for jewelry cabinet makeovers. If you follow my blog or any of my social media accounts you know that jewelry cabinets are my favorite thing to makeover. I find these all the time at thrift stores. Unfortunately, in my area thrift store prices are getting higher. I think they’re onto the fact that we’re buying, restoring, and reselling.
The most I’ll pay for a jewelry cabinet is $10. I’ve paid $9.99 for a few of the big cabinets with doors and drawers that are in good condition. But $5.99 to $6.99 is a more common price.
I don’t pay as much for jewelry boxes. I easily find them for $2.99 to $5.99.
That $10 limit has made shopping easier for me. If I find one that’s over that I just remind myself that there are lots more out there and I’ll eventually find one in my price range.
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Tips for Jewelry Cabinet Makeovers
1. Keep glass to trace. I usually remove the glass from the cabinet doors. The first few I made I threw away the glass as soon as I took it out. But then I learned that if I traced the glass before cutting the wire or sheet metal I would get a perfect fit each time.
If you’re using metal with a pattern like in the photo below make sure the pattern matches on each side (if you have two doors). You may want to mark the top right sides.
2. Start painting upside down. I didn’t do this either when I first starting painting. I would get to the end of my project and realize that I completely missed spots just because I couldn’t see them when I was looking at them from the top. I don’t think I’ve missed a spot on any project since I started painting with the piece upside down!
3. Chalk type paint. I’ve used lots of different brands of paint in my projects and honestly all of the chalk-type paints work great. So far I’ve only run across one that I didn’t like and that might be because it was old. I love the thick texture and coverage that these paints give. And the best part is, no sanding!
3. Paint over stained flannel inside. I once passed on jewelry cabinets and boxes with stains inside. But not anymore! I have a few tricks to covering the insides now. This little jewelry box below shows how I covered the stained flannel inside with paint and burlap.
5. Glue leftover scrapbook papers over stained fabric inside. Like most crafters I have TONS of decorative papers in my studio. This jewelry cabinet makeover shows how I used some of those papers to cover dirty fabric.
6. Glue tissue paper over stained fabric inside. This patterned tissue paper was really easy to decoupage over stains.
7. Glue felt over stained fabric inside. I cut the felt and glued it over stained areas in this large jewelry cabinet.
8. Replace the glass. As I mentioned above, I usually remove the glass in the doors. Most of the time they’re fake stained glass or etched with an out-of-date pattern. I like using these patterned metal sheets from Amazon, hardware cloth, or chicken wire.
9. Paint over hardware if it’s too hard to remove. But be careful not to use too much paint or varnish on the hinges or the doors won’t close.
10. Mix and match drawer handles. If you don’t have enough of one style mix them up like I did on this jewelry cabinet makeover.
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Hope you enjoyed my tips for jewelry cabinet makeovers. Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve painted a jewelry cabinet. I’d love to see your finished project!
‘Til the next project,