I love finding old jewelry cabinets like this at thrift stores — study with no missing drawers or handles. Perfect to try out the new paint drip finish idea I was dreaming of.
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Supplies for Thrift Store Jewelry Cabinet Makeover
- 2 shades of turquoise/blue paint– I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, in Escape and Dark Denim.
- white paint – I used Everlasting.
- black paint
- glazing medium
- spray bottle
- Metallic Lustre wax, in Silver Spark
- paint brushes
- sanding sponge
- cork liner
How to Paint a Jewelry Cabinet with Drawers
Sometimes I can’t get the hardware off but these handles were really easy to pry off with a flat head screwdriver.
I kept them in a paint palette so I wouldn’t lose those tiny little screws. We wanted them to match the metal door, so I used silver metallic wax.
I didn’t really have much of a plan when I started this… just started experimenting with the paint.
I painted the top half with the lighter blue paint and the bottom half with the darker blue color, leaving the drawers in so they would match the body of the jewelry cabinet. Then, before the paint dried, I sprayed water on the top and let it drip down together.
When that layer was completely dry, I watered down some white paint and did a whitewash over it. Then I went over the whole jewelry cabinet with my sanding sponge. As you can see, I did some pretty heavy distressing.
Then I finished it off by mixing a little black paint into some glazing medium, brushed it on, and wiped it off with rags.
When everything was completely dry, I replaced the hardware and replaced the glass with a decorative metal sheet.
How to Finish the Inside
The felt inside had some stains and tears so I knew I was going to have to recover it. I found this cork liner in our local woodworking hobby store. It had a peel and stick back but I still glued it down to make sure it would stay.
The Finished Paint Drip Jewelry Cabinet
Ta da… here it is completed.
I’m pretty happy with the look. It’s another one that I’d love to keep but I’m running out of room for jewelry cabinets, so it’s going to Etsy.
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Thanks for reading!
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
Originally published on Sep 4, 2018.