Monday, August 13, 2012

Thrift Shop Find: Jewelry Chest

Sometimes, when I go thrift shopping, I find something that's perfect as it is. I tend to really like the look of old things with a healthy patina, anyway. Other times I find something that needs a little bit of care and attention before it becomes a piece I will love and use.

This jewelry chest is one of those pieces. I didn't like the look of this wood or the finish, but the design itself is very cute, it's sturdy, and has been only lightly used. I saw potential here, and before I even left the store I had a picture of what I'd do with it in my mind.

Thrift shop jewelry chest, before

I've been seeing the French grey furniture look online, in blogs, on Houzz and Pinterest, and I really like it. And this jewelry chest has some ornate features that suit this style really nicely. So I gave it a try! 

Same jewelry chest, after

I painted on a white coat first (Tailor's Chalk by Martha Stewart) and then two grey coats (Dovetail by Sherwin Williams). Then I distressed the edges and corners a little bit to make it look a little more rustic.

My jewelry fits so nicely on the hooks and in all of the nooks and crannies and drawers--and I think it looks so much more chic now than it did before!


  1. really didn't like the first picture when i saw it...
    but loved your vision and wow...
    really love the finished product! not only chic but very functional!

    1. Thanks Karen! I know, it's so functional, so much room for all of my jewelry!!

  2. That's so cute! I just love it when thrift shops have that kind of stuff!

    1. Thanks Nikki! And thanks for stopping by!!

  3. You did a beautiful job on this jewelry chest, I love the way it turned out. By-the-way, I'm the newest follower to your blog. I love thrift shopping (though I tend to focus on clothes), love God and was equally surprised to recognize the photo of your parent's house (I don't know them)...I live on Tuscarora Lake, I teach in Hamilton and my daughter is in kindergarten at Burton Street Elementary...and I need to buy a copy of your book! All the best to you.


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