This is a vintage jewelry cabinet that I bought at Goodwill. Isn’t it “beautiful”? Well, I’m sure someone once thought it was beautiful. And it will be beautiful again!
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Vintage Jewelry Cabinet Makeover
This vintage jewelry cabinet had a few little issues with it’s handles. One of the door handles was broken and the handle on the inside drawer was gone. Someone had replaced it with some tacks. Not exactly what I would have used! Other than that it was solid and clean… a great candidate for a vintage jewelry cabinet makeover!
I’ve had several people comment recently that they don’t buy these in thrift stores because they don’t like the fake stained glass in the doors. Let me tell you, that is the EASIEST thing to replace in the whole project! As you can tell in the photo below, the glass is just held in by two little metal pieces with tiny screws. Remove those and the glass just pops out! (Save it though to measure the metal that you’ll use to replace it.)
Here’s what it looked like after it’s makeover!
I put on a couple of thin coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Seattle Mist, ran a wet cloth over the edges to distress it a bit, and added a coat of Minwax Polycrylic after it dried. I could have stopped there but after the polycrylic dried I thought it still looked a little too clean so I watered down some Minwax Express Color in walnut, brushed it on, and quickly wiped that off with another soft cloth.
You can see in the next photo that it left a little in the crevices for a more used look.
Then I pulled out my jewelry supplies to fix the handle. First I cut off the good handle so the sides would match. Then I picked some charms I liked and added them with some jump rings.
Notice no more tacks on the inside drawer either! I used E6000 to glue on a vintage rhinestone button.
This one went fast! It already sold at the last Paris Flea Market sale and is now back in use organizing our customer’s jewelry!
Here are a few more jewelry cabinet makeovers:
- Jewelry Cabinet Makeover with Missing Knob
- Jewelry Cabinet Makeover | Pink
- Jewelry Cabinet Makeover | Folding Door
- Stenciled Jewelry Box
- Jewelry Box Makeover | Bird Stencil
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
Originally published May 2, 2015