The Jewel Box Project: Now They’re Dressers!

I’ve been eyeing old jewel boxes at Value Village. Cheap, scratched, missing the odd knob or two – just waiting for a makeover. I picked up a few and got hooked!

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There are always a fair number of them at the stores. They were made in the 1980s and have gone out of vogue.

The first task was to get rid of the insides – the tacky velveteen liners in the drawers, the foam-filled sections for rings, and the rotating hooks for necklaces. Each of the spaces behind the doors was lined with rough-cut mirrors, not the safest for small hands. Clearing this stuff out was a pain – the glue was top notch!

Removing the surface finishes was much faster. It was a matter of some stripper and sandpaper to smooth the surfaces, removing the doors to work on them separately. I ended up with 5 ready-to-finish frames and a bunch of doors and drawers!

Even though it takes a while to get these little wooden pieces paint-ready, I am always impressed by the workmanship. The components fit perfectly and the detailing is precise.

At any rate, on to the most fun! The colours!

I had a mess of jewel box parts on my painting table for weeks, all in various states of completion, drying and waiting while I did other things at the same time.

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In the end, 5 wonderful doll dressers emerged.

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Tada!!

(Minor detail… I had to REPAINT the purple door and the green door because I had them on the WRONG frames! Oh well – a momentary lapse of attention created another couple of hours of work… sigh).

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I can hardly wait to do some more!

 

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Kids Need to Store Treasures

I’m starting another new section for kids. There’s a lot of old stuff out there that when updated could function beautifully as small storage containers or doll furniture, especially for the oh-so-popular 18″ dolls seen everywhere today.

Here’s one of the pieces that I recently finished. While small (6×12 inches), it still required the same degree of patience to strip and prepare. The beauty of painting these little treasures is that it can be done at my relatively tidy craft table upstairs instead of my messier work station in the basement! I can paint a section, push it into a corner of the table to dry, then work on another bit. I can even clear enough space to work on completely different projects, like scrapbooks or cardmaking. It’s lots of fun and provides lots of variety.

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