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Jewelry Box Makeover

Jewelry box makeover with spray paint

I’ve had this jewelry box forever. I think Cody bought it for me for our first Christmas together way back in high school. It does the trick, but it’s not really my style so I thought I’d give it a quick makeover with some spray paint.

Jelwery box makeover Before

The first step is to prep the wood for paint with a degreaser. I used Mostenboker’s Lift Off All Surface Paint Prep. You can buy this at any home improvement store. Just spray it on, wait a few minutes, then wipe it off. It’s that easy.

All surface paint prep

Next, remove any glass and hardware you wish not to be painted and cover any surfaces that you don’t want painted. I stuffed newspaper in the door area to keep paint out.

Jewelry box makeover paint prep

The paint color is Valspar Exotic Sea in gloss.

Valspar exotic Sea

When spray painting, less paint is always better than too much. Spray light sweeping coats. Here’s how it looked after 1 coat. jewelry box makeover teal

And here it is after 2 coats of paint and with the glass and drawers replaced. I’m pretty happy with the upgrade. At least is doesn’t look like my grandma’s jewelry box anymore. Oh, and I already had the spray paint on hand, so it cost me nada!

Jewelry Box Makeover- Spray painted teal

Lamp Makeover and DIY Sisal Lamp Shades

[pinterest] We got these lamps as a wedding gift, and I really love the shape of them but our living room was feeling a little dark so these got the short stick for being painted. I painted them a golden yellow that we had in the pillows on the couch and I liked them well enough buy the shades we not quite cutting it.




Before I could do anything about the shades; however, we decided to move some tables and lamps around and these got relegated to the Master Bedroom where their size worked much better with our high headboard. Unfortunately, the yellow had to go now. I decided to spray paint them the same teal we used on the dining room chandelier which picked up on the darkest teal in our bedding. The color looked great but the lampshades had to go. Not only were they the wrong color but the were falling apart.


Then I saw this DIY lamp shade over at Naptime Decorator  and fell in love.

I fixed up the original shades by hot gluing them back together than bought 100ft of sisal rope and went to town on hot gluing it to the shade. The gluing took forever and I dramatically underestimated how large my shades were. It took 300 feet of rope to complete at $28 which was more than I had hoped but I guess at $14 a shade I still can’t complain. I do love how they came out, and I love the texture they add to the room!

DIY lampshade made from sisal rope with a teal lamp
DIY lampshade made from sisal rope with a teal lamp