Friday, March 29, 2013

Ms. Creative Carmella visits!-Jewelry Box makeover!

Hi, y'all! Today I get the privilege of introducing you to one of my favorite people EVER! :) Ms. Creative Carmella! I know I say it often, but I truly love her and her incredible pieces of jewelry! Make sure you check out her online store!  She's sharing a lovely project with us today! Enjoy!

Hi Evey's Creations friends!
I am Carmella the voice and artist behind the Creative Carmella blog and shop.
On my blog I share stories from my world, crafts, and all things creative.
Today, I am happy to be filling in for Evey while she is in recovery mode. 
I am sharing one of my most favorite projects ever! I hope you will enjoy it too......

The story of a jewelry box makeover...

Every girl needs a little Bling in her life, right?

Well how about a little bling for a box that holds all of those pretty things too...

And to think...this blinging jewelry box started out pretty plain, I picked this one up at my favorite local vintage wares shop, Junk 'N' The Trunk.

Handmade, heavy! and full of possibilities..... I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

I started by painting out the areas on the box that I would distress later. I used "burnt umber" acrylic craft paint...

You should have seen the looks I was getting around the house when I started painting it like this....

"Come on people!! I have a plan!!" 
I kept wanting to say, but I kept my mouth shut and went right on working.

Do you know what my favorite trick is for distressing small pieces??

Weird, right? But it works like a charm and I don't ever use any sand paper at all. none. not one little bit.

To do this technique you just need to put a small amount of Vaseline over the painted areas where the distressed look would happen naturally.... just make sure you only put the Vaseline where you want the dark paint to show through in the finished piece.

I lugged this bad boy outside for the next step in the process....

I used satin finish, "Pistachio" Krylon.
Once the spray paint was dry

{wait for it....this is my favorite part}

I used a paper towel to wipe away the paint where I put the Vaseline

That's it!
{I told you there would be no sanding!}

{sorry for the terrible inside at night picture, but you get the idea}

Now, time for some BLING!
Vintage earrings galore!

After removing the backs of the earrings and pins with pliers, I got out my trusty hot glue gun and got to work... 

And what do I put in my Blinged out jewelry box....
Oh, you know....just a few pretties....

Oh...I'm a happy girl :)

Even the flowers perked up when they saw all that bling!!

Evey, Thanks so much for having me!! I hope you are feeling much better soon!

And, friends of Evey, I would love to get to know you better!! Stop by my blog, Facebook page, or Twitter soon and we'll chat ;)
Thanks so much for taking a look!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your process! It is just beautiful. I have collected four jewelry boxes from thrift stores but they are not unfinished like this one. They are the ugly dark brown with the velvet inside. Any tips on how to not get paint on the velvet? Thanks so much!

  2. Love that idea. I may give it a try myself.


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