April 30, 2012

Updated jewelry box before & after

One day I was searching for a hair brush in my mom’s drawer and I found one old small round jewelry box she bought on a trip she made to Costa Rica many years ago.  I saw it before but just now it caught up my attention.   It was still in good condition but definitely needed a renovation.  I borrowed it and soon started working on it, here is the final result.

There was originally a rural town painted on the lid, but I sanded it down until it was removed.  For the full tutorial on the standard decoupage we do, please click here
Here it is the before & after. 

On this particular decoupage piece I did not use stamps, but only decorated it with one horizontal section of  painted red dots in different sizes with an stencil I had, and chose the red color to match the vivid shades of the image.

Excluding the stamps, which is an optional step, the techniques used on this jewelry box, from the preparation of the surface to the finish, are the same as the standard step by step we use for our decoupage projects, and you can read  here.

The turquoise was the first choice for the round box color, as it would create a good contrast with the image, and there were anyway some turquoise shades already in the image.

For the final touch, I painted a border on golden color on top and the bottom of the round box and gave just some brushes to the lid, to make it shiny. 

 Then I protected the work with layers of water-base polyurethane.

I think it turned out to be a good and beautiful update, and my mom loved it.    What do you think?.

Every week we have the honor to participate and submit our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating:

Monday:  Brag Monday – The graphics Fairy  / Vintage style link party – Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself -
Sumo's Sweet Stuff  / Link party - The Girl Creative
Making Monday marvelous - C.R.A.F.T. / Boggieboard Cottage - Masterpiece Monday
Mod Mix Monday - Mod Vintage Life  Meet me Monday - You're Talking Too Much 
Tuesday: Get your craft on – Today'screative blog / Knick of Time tuesday - Knick of Time / Tell it to me Tuesday - Creatively Living / Tutorials & Tips Link Party - Home Stories A2Z   / Cowgirl up Linky Party – Cedar Hill Ranch /Tuesday’s Treasures - My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia /Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday - Kammy's Korner / Be inspired link party – Elizabeth & Co /Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday   / Domestically Speaking - Power of Paint Party  / Take the Time to Challenge - Raising 4 Princesses / Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able - Project Queen
One project at a Time - A Bowl Full of Lemons / Linking Pary - Passionatelyl Artistic
Wednesday: Wow us Wednesdays – Savvysouthern style / Primp your stuff Wednesday – Primp / White Wednesday - Faded Charm / Share the love - Very Merry Vintage Style / It's a Party - DIY by Design  /Whatever goes Wednesday - Someday Crafts / What is it Wednesday - Ivy and Elephants / Whatever you want Wednesday - Free Pretty Things for You / Wicked Awesome Wednesday – Handy man, crafty woman
Thursday: Catch as Catch Can – MyRepurposed life / Open House Party - No MinimalistHere /Vintage Inspiration - Common Ground / Hookin' up with - House of Hepworths/Time Travel Thrusday - Brambleberry Cottage / 20 Below Thrusday - Cristinas Adventures / Home and Garden Thrusday - A Delightsome Life / Treasure Hunt Thursday – From my front porch to yours
Friday: Frugal Friday – The Shabby Nest / Weekend Bloggy Reading – Serenity Now
Inspirational Friday – At the picket Fence / Do something Crafty - See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature - Redoux Interiors  
Saturday: Spotlight Saturday - Classy Clutter / Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different act Normal/Site Nite special -  Funky Junk Interiors / Get schooled Saturday – Too much time on my hands
Sunday: What's Your Sunday's Best! - My 1929 Charmer / Weekend features – Sisters of the Wild West / Simply Klassic Sunday - Simply Klassic Home / Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop - Homemaker on a Dime / DIY Project Parade – DIY showoff

Thank you,

Best wishes!,



  1. Erika! I'm your newest follower from the link up and LOVE what you are doing! Can't wait to see your next project!


  2. Oh, Erika... it's beautiful. Nice job. And I love the colors you picked.
    Hi, I Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, your new GF friend, I would love it if you stop by and be my friend, too.
    Thanks for sharing this project, I just love it.

  3. Such an amazing transformation! I ove the colors you chose and the image on the lid is simply beautiful. (Newest follower)

  4. Soo pretty great choices of color looking forward to more.

  5. What a dramatic transformation! It looks fantastic now.

  6. Oh my gosh, how very beautiful. You are very talented, and your color choices are outstanding. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  7. Great makeover. It's fabulous Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  8. What a gorgeous beauty you have created! You sure have an eye for colors and images!


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