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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Doll Box/Photo Chest

 7 x 4.5 x 4 in/18 x 11.5 x 10.5 cm

I found this little box in a second-hand shop, finished a dull black. The lid slid open only with difficulty. It’s a perfect example of why I strip pieces down to the bare wood and apply a new finish with a small paintbrush in order to reduce bulk. When completed, the lid slid easily back and forth.

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