DIY Jewelry Box Makeover

diy jewelry box makeoverJewelry Box Makeover

If you have an old jewelry box laying around, this DIY jewelry box makeover project can breathe new life into it. I love how mine came out and would love to see your finished projects too.

If you need some jewelry box makeover ideas then your in the right place!

jewelery box before makeover

It could be my gramma’s old jewelry box!

I found this old 1980s jewelry box in a thrift store. It was only $1 so I bought it. It wasn’t because I loved it oh so much and had to have it. I bought it because where others saw an ugly, dated piece of junk, I saw an excuse to break out the chalk paint and Mod Podge! I’m happy that I decided to buy it because it turned out great. And who doesn’t love an easy DIY project?

diy jewelry box makeoverHonestly, the hardest part of the entire DIY jewelry box makeover was deciding on the colors to use. Well, that and taking the old dirty felt lining out of the drawers. I decided to forego adding new felt and used scrapbook paper instead to line the inside of the drawers. I’ll take any excuse to decoupage I can get!

The only thing I didn’t like about this project was that I couldn’t remove the drawer pulls. I tried, but there were no screws on the other side and pulling on them didn’t work. I would love to have replaced them but there was no way to do that without destroying the drawers.

jewelry box drawer pullsSo, I worked around the drawer pulls and went with black chalk paint for the jewelry box. I taped around the mirror and glass because I didn’t hate them. If the glass was anything different (like the hideous faux stained glass) I would have replaced it or at the very least decoupaged over it. Something about the glass’s simple floral design actually works with this makeover.

I decided on a teal-colored scrapbook paper with a simple design to line the drawers and floor of the jewelry box.

And the Paint!

diy jewelry box makeoverBlack chalk paint adds a certain elegance to pretty much anything you use it on. This jewelry box makeover proves that.

I even like how the drawer pulls look now. They have a beautiful tarnished look that is complemented by the black chalk paint. I thought about adding some decorative touches but I like it enough how it is. I don’t want to turn it into a gaudy piece I’ll never use.

The black chalk paint also makes me happy that I left the original glass in. If I didn’t know better I’d swear this was a completely different jewelry box. That’s a big part of the upcycling appeal. You get an entirely new piece with just a little work and even less money.

jewelry box makeover

Ultimately I used a clear spray sealer to make sure the paint stays put and doesn’t peel. This made over jewelry box is going to be getting a lot of use. I’ve found myself actively looking for jewelry boxes at thrift stores, garage sales, and online. I can’t wait to try my hand at more creative jewelry box makeovers. Different colors, blending textures and being more creative with them all around.

I’d love to know if you’ve upcycled an old jewelry box, bonus for sharing DIY Jewelry box makeover pics with us on Insta!

diy jewelry box makeover

DIY Jewelry Box Makeover

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5


  • Old Jewelry Box
  • Choice of Chalk Paint
  • Painter's tape (optional)
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Mod Podge


  • Paintbrushes (at least 2)


  1. Remove drawers from the jewelry box. Paint on all sides (including inside) and set aside to dry.
  2. Use painter's tape to protect any glass and mirrors you're keeping.
  3. Paint the jewelry box on all sides, being sure to cover all nooks and crannies. Set aside to dry.
  4. Cut scrapbook paper to fit inside the drawers. Coat drawers with a moderate amount of Mod Podge.
  5. Place the scrapbook paper into the drawer carefully but quickly, before the Mod Podge dries. Coat with another layer of Mod Podge and set aside to dry. Repeat for all drawers and inside of the jewelry box (any area you want).
  6. Use a clear sealer and allow to dry completely (about 24 hours).
  7. Return drawers and enjoy your upcycled jewelry box.

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  1. Thank you for your response. If some of the acrylic paint I’m using gets onto the felt accidentally, will that be a problem for the mod podge causing the material to stick? Or should I paint the wood and felt and then do the mod podge and material over that?

    1. I wouldn’t paint the felt intentionally. If some paint gets on there accidentally try to get what you can up and let the rest dry completely before using the mod podge. I’m not sure how well it will adhere to the paint, but with light use, it probably won’t be a problem.

  2. If I can’t get the felt type lining out, can I put either more felt or a fabric over it with Mod Podge like you did the paper?

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