Some things have lots of potential for restyling! Take this jewelry box I found on a trip to a local
thrift shop with my daughter Kate. I love to look for items that can be altered, updated or re-
purposed. This jewelry box is one of those items.
It was in perfect condition and begging for a makeover. I had to bring it home! The first thing I did was stop at JoAnn’s and stroll through the fabric section. Sure enough, I found exactly what I was looking for—a black and white print indoor/outdoor canvas. I love this stuff. It has enough body and weight so it doesn’t wilt or stretch when your working with it, but its flexible enough to bend and curve where you need it to. I also replenished my stock of Modge Podge (I really should purchase it by the gallon) and headed home.
I removed the hinges and the brass knob on the front of the top, set all the elements on the dining room table and realized I had no idea how to begin. So, I left everything where it was and just walked away for a few days, all the while telling myself that “if it comes out awful, I can toss it”! Then, when I can’t stand the mess on the table anymore, I start! Anywhere! I have a real problem with remembering to take photos of projects before I begin–that’s why there is no knob on the “before” photo! I was convinced that matching the pattern would be the hardest part of this project, but it was really easy. Modge Podge is pretty forgiving and so is the canvas, so pulling the fabric back and making adjustments was a breeze. Evenly apply Modge Podge with a brush, place your fabric, make any adjustments, smooth it down and move on to the next area! A tuck here and a snip there to ease the fabric into place, smooth it down and let it dry. Looks great, right?
New hinges and a pretty tassel-pull and she’s ready for a place of honor on some lucky girl’s
dresser. All with an investment of under $12.00 and a little elbow grease.
I’m really happy with the results.
(Note to self: check reflection in mirror prior to snapping the shot!)
Think about what can be done with some fabric, paint and/or a bit of bling! It really doesn’t take much to make a huge improvement. Hope this inspired you to look differently at pieces that may be outdated or boring when your out junking, thrifting, or rummaging around in your house!
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