Spray Painted Jewelry Box

I love it when a little spray paint can breathe new life into a old piece of furniture or decor!

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I found this beat up vintage jewelry box on eBay for almost nothing (I think it was $10 with free shipping - or something ridiculous). I bought it mostly for the hardware. Isn't that brass beautiful?

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The wood was shabby looking though and the brass sort of got lost against the stain color.


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I've been so drawn to purples lately, especially shades of lilac. (This room is still a favorite) I found a really beautiful color of spray paint from Rustoleum called French Lilac.

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I gently pried off the brass hardware, lightly sanded the wood down and gave the box a few light coats of the lilac spray paint. The color only came in satin finish, which was a little more flat than I wanted here.

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I used a high-gloss spray lacquer on top to make the lilac nice and glossy.

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It took about a full day for the lacquer to fully dry, but once it was ready, I added the hardware back on.

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I love the way the brass looks on the lilac and the way the lilac looks against the gray wardrobe.

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Also, a little PSA on the Nate Berkus tray: Basically this whole line was on clearance at my local Target yesterday! I bought the lamp and a second tray.

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I'm pretty sure the trays are just resin, but they look and feel a lot like stone. They're so cool and just about the perfect size for any surface.

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How was your weekend? I have been travelling for about a month straight now and I am wiped out! We're up at my parents house right now, which is much, much more relaxing than the past few trips I've been on for work, but I'm pretty ready to get home and get back to real life. :)

24 comments:

Rebecca said...

I love the Nate Berkus trays and stopped by my local target to pick one up. Sadly they only had the "fewer dots" one left and the color (almost a light beige) looked totally different than the white that appears online and in your photos. Am I imagining it or did you see the same thing?

Where are my Mary Jane's? said...

I love it when you have a new post:) I finished my office space (just in time to have my fifth and final baby)--all inspired by you. It's posted here: http://www.wherearemymaryjanes.blogspot.com/2013/11/nesting-ninja-powers.html

Barbie said...

Always happy to read a new post! Just wondering how you handle painting the perimeters of drawers? I painted the outside of my drawers on a campaign piece last year and found they were sticky afterwards, and didn't glide as well. Would love to know what you do to avoid this, if anything?

Barbie said...

PS. Beautiful little jewelry box, and what a steal!

Gwen, The Makerista said...

I'm loving shades of purple right now too. I'm just finishing up something that is a combo of lilac and plum and am so happy with the results!

I have a wicker chest that has similar hardware waiting to be refinished in my garage. I'd love to know how getting the hardware off and back on was. I'm a little worried about that step.

Beautiful work as always, Jenny!

Love This Space said...

The hardware on that box is fantastic! What a score!

I adore purples and have a lilac thing going on right now. It's even worse since I painted my kitchen and family room gray because now I feel justified in bringing a ton of lilac into the room.

Hayley said...

I love your jewelry storage series... Those Nate Berkus trays - Love! I had one in my hand in target today and ended up not getting it. I will likely be going back tomorrow for it!

Rachel Robinson said...

I love stopping by for a bit of inspiration. thank you for sharing. whenever i am thrifting or diy-ing i always think, what would jenny do?

rachel
www.revolvingmarket.blogspot.com

Loading me said...

Hi Jenny!
I love your blog, and the inspiration it transmits (the amount of thing I already did at my place inspired by your blog!).
Can you please tell if your hand ring holder is a diy? I love the colour of it, and was wondering if you did it, and if so, how. Thank you for your daily inspiration!
Regards from Portugal!

Anna said...

Love the lilac and gray together. So pretty. Also, thanks for the info about the Nate Berkus sale--Target is seriously one of the best stores!

Pink Flamingo Style said...

It always amazes me how much a can of spray paint can transform an item!

Thanks for sharing about the Nate Berkus line...I've been waiting for it to go on sale. I know of a Target that these designer lines don't always sell out, so I will be hitting that up immediately!

Rachel
www.pinkflamingostyle.com

Michelle Panting said...

Thanks for letting us know about the trays. We finally have a Target here in Winnipeg, which has me psyched since you always seem to find such great things there.

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Improvement List said...

I love how a little paint totally transformed this box. It looks so great now. I also recently found the power of spray paint. I bought a picture frame that was the right size for what I wanted at a really good price. But the color was awful. A little bit of spray paint later, and it looked awesome!
-Frances
improvementlist.blogspot.com

Molly {Dreams in HD} said...

what a beautiful shade of lilac!
love spray paint, easiest way to spruce up a piece of furniture ever :)

Molly {Dreams in HD}
http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/

Michelle Ash Latham said...

Love the color you chose! So pretty!

I also love all o the Nate Berkus stuff -- looks like a trip to Target is in order ;)

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LisaM said...

lovely!! i didn't know purple and brass could look so good!

Emily Davenport said...

So pretty- I love the lilac! I would have never thought to choose that color, but it looks so great with the brass!
www.davenportdiy.com

Jordan said...

Those brass handles are gorgeous! Nice find.

Steph Piontkowski said...

Great post - I love how it came out. When searching ebay for things like this jewelry box what do you search for? Did you have this in mind or were you just browsing? I'd love to know your approach!

phoebe said...

Where did you get those tortoise shell sunglasses?! they are so cute!

Julie Swanson said...

I love this! Lovely!

Ms. Shypoke said...

Oh.. that jewelry box breaks my heart! We were robbed a couple years ago.. and it looks JUST LIKE my mom's old jewelry box.. It is so sad to think that someone we knew stole something that really only had much value to me:( It wasn't sent from someone in VA was it btw.. (there was some jewelry that wasn't valuable.. but meaningful too.. if it was out there somewhere.. I would try to buy it.)

Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno said...

Looks so great! And I'm so jealous your Target has the more dots tray! I've been on a hunt for weeks and weeks and CANNOT find it! Grrrr!

Ricky Limbo said...

Hello !

NIce collection especially the jewellery box. will for sure try to purchase some of these masterpieces and have them in home when will be doing Home Remodeling

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