There is an overabundance of jewelry boxes in my house. Seriously, some families have a collection of china or crystal or silver spoons… snow globes even. What do we have? A butt load (technical term… seriously check it out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_wine_cask_units) of jewelry boxes. So what does one do with a bunch of old jewelry boxes? Things like this apparently
I got creative with this one a while back and decided it would do well as inspiration for a second one that my skin care fit perfect in. The one pictured is a bit more fancy, and because of this I completely disassembled it (including taking off the little Barbie sized handles) in order to paint it.As you can see I also decoupaged the top of this one. I’ll do a later DIY involving mod podge undoubtedly but its pretty straight forward.
So the first step in any furniture painting project is to clean the object to be painted, I usually do this with just a damp cloth. Just to get off any dust or patina collected over the years but you don’t have to be too thorough because the next step is lightly sanding, my cat was opposed to this idea. You don’t have to be thorough with this either, its just a matter of scuffing up the surface so the paint will stick. After sanding you once again have to clean up the piece to make sure you’ve gotten off all of the dust off. Here is where you get a bit more thorough.
Next you want to prime, I’ve found the best primer for wood surfaces is actually ceiling paint. I know that sounds odd but its relatively cheap, dries quickly and despite not having the best coverage it has really great tooth, a rough texture that allows subsequent paint coats to stick to it. This is after one coat of primer, you could do a secondary one since the wood is dark, but one is all I did and it seemed to do fine with it.
Now moving on to paint. If you are going to do two tone (or possibly more) it’s a good idea to have your layout now instead of trying to do it on the fly. It’s also a good idea to do what is going to be the primary color first and work on the detail color second to avoid secondary line cleanup. In this case the beige is going to be the primary color with green being all detail work. Make sure you have good brushes that you are comfortable using. I’m picky about my brushes both for painting and makeup (oddly my cat is not and will steal all of them). I don’t necessarily buy the most expensive ones but I buy ones of a decent quality that I’m comfortable with: Synthetic fiber that I know will clean up well and last me longer than ones that are sometimes impossible to get washed up nicely. A small preferably angled head for detail work and for larger areas a brush that is smaller than what you think you need.
I tend to use satin wall paint for my furniture projects, it’s readily available in any color you can imagine and about $3 for a small batch. It cures nicely but also washes relatively well. The higher the shine the easier a paint will be to wash, but the more likely it is to stay green (keep some pliability and tendency to take an impression, not good for furniture). The only problem with sample pots is that the small plastic jars they come in tend to be crap. So eventually I end up transferring them to mason jars which are pretty easy to come by and wash up great to be reused.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when painting, whether its walls or furniture or anything else is overloading their brush. You only need paint on about 1/8 to ¼ of your brush (just the tip guys). Admittedly by the end of any project even I will have an overloaded brush but starting out with the proper amount of paint on your brush will give you more even strokes, better coverage in the long run and prevent any drips or thick spots and thus your paint will cure faster. So now that you know all the basics. Off you go… paint to your hearts content. Paint the town red, or paint that red door black. Or paint an overabundance of jewelry boxes in unabashedly girly two tone colors so you have somewhere to put your face creams.
Oh! Keep going… The knobs needed a redo too. I pulled inspiration from my nail polish.
So I got all done and those sad little knobs screamed at me, I think they are plastic made to look like brass, or possibly they are brass, I’m not sure, either way they were not cute. But my nails were at the time so …
And Voila!!! An afternoon spent well.
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Nail polish! Brilliant!!