It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for some more DIY goodness! Today I’m showing you another repurpose of my old jewelry box parts. I decided to turn this part into an office organizer with a bonus planter top. Now I’ll have some greenery to liven up my office/entry. Yeah, my “office” is in my front door entry area! Not the best solution, but we don’t really use our front door much, so it works for now. : ) Maybe this little project will make me want to get in there & clean up some paper piles!
Painting the Interior
The jewelry box part I’m using for today’s project is the very center with the drawers.
First I needed to a little clean up before painting! There was some glue & foamy bits left in the top where I removed the glorious green velvet. I took care of that with the heat gun & razor blade. This was a similar process to cleaning up my cheese box project, just not quite as tedious!
I was going to remove the green velvet from all the drawers too, but it did not want to leave! I wound up cleaning it up as best I could with a lint brush.
Then I thought this would be a perfect time to test painting a textured fabric for my upcoming chair makeover. I painted a small part with some fabric paint I had on hand. It seemed to do okay, but I really didn’t have enough plus I didn’t love the red. I decided to try spray paint. Uhhhhhh……..
Not so great! I had to really saturate it to get it to show the color. The orange is a flat Rustoleum spray paint. I decided to try a dark blue satin I had on hand.
That was much better! It blended in better with the green & didn’t need as much paint. I used Rustoleum LeakSeal in black for the top part because I want to put plants in it. I’ve never used this before, so I’m hoping it works! I put a fairly thick coat in the corners.
Once everything was dry, I decided to keep the one orange drawer as is. It’s not as great as the blue, but it’s going to be hidden most of the time anyway.
Painting the Exterior
I chose to use chalk paint for the exterior. This jewelry drawer is made of pressed wood with a laminate over it. Chalk paint gives the best finish with the least amount of work! I used DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in primitive for the fronts of the drawers.
And I used the same brand in vintage for the sides of the drawer base. I also dry brushed some golden yellow acrylic over the chalk paint on the sides.
To give the drawers some extra punch, I decoupaged a light weight scrapbook paper on the sides.
Two of the drawers didn’t have handles anymore since I used them for my jewelry organizer. I added a little silver metallic lustre to the ones with missing handles. Using e6000 glue I attached a broken coffee mug handle to one drawer.
And another handle of some sort I found in my yard. I find all kinds of broken glass ceramics in my yard & I have no idea where it comes from!
I glued a key & keyhole to each side of the drawer to help cover up holes left from the jewelry box hardware.
The it was ready to assemble! I added potted succulents to the planter area. They need to be removable so I can take them to the window sometimes. No windows in my office!
And here are some “glamour shots”!
It’s amazing what natural lighting does for a photo!
That dried gourd in the front is a loofah gourd. When you rub off the outside you have a loofah scrubber! I’m hoping to grow more this year.
Okay, now I need to clean up my office so I can actually use this! Hope y’all are having a wonderful Wednesday!