Jewelry Chest Redo-Trash to Vintage Chic

I found this little chest abandoned by the trash. I’m assuming it was a jewelry chest but all the drawers were missing.

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I had no idea what to do with it but I felt the need to save it.

First, I cleaned it well and let it dry in the sun. Then I painted a layer of primer on it.

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Since there were so many shelves and recessed areas, I decided to use spray paint so I could get all of the surfaces. I chose a metallic silver.

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DSC06383The original knobs on the doors were gone so I played around with a couple options.

At first, I didn’t want to drill so I just screwed these little hooks into the doors by hand.

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Then I hung a couple links from an old chain necklace.

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If you don’t have a drill, this is a really easy way to add a knob.

I found some knobs at World Market and really wanted to use them instead, so I became determined. I have no business using a drill, but my husband wasn’t homeΒ so I decided to assert my independence.

I drilled a hole the size of my knob screw into the center of each door.

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And then screwed in the knobs.

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All done.

I still wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I decided to use it as a bedside chest for now.

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I filled it with items that I usually keep by my bed anyway like chap stick, books, journals, pens, etc. Now it’s all together in one spot, which is nice.

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So before you throw something out that you assume is trashed, just rethink how you might use it. A little paint, some new hardware, and a fresh outlook might give you a whole new objet d’art (I just really wanted to use that word!)

Here is the piece of trash before:

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And now:

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To some, I may be a trash-picker, but to this little chest, I’m a hero:) Welcome back to life, little chest.

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Β bedside chest

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39 thoughts on “Jewelry Chest Redo-Trash to Vintage Chic

  1. Wow-that turned out so pretty! And useful! You never cease to amaze me! πŸ˜„ I love the idea of fixing up trash for a whole new use, I’m just not that creative. Also-love the knobs from World Market! One of my favorite stores!

  2. So nice! I’m totally not a refurbisher type person (I’m too scatterbrained to stick to finishing artsy stuff, lol), but you are inspiring! Oh, and I just totally love to be awesome, so I had to follow your blog! Love how you compelled me to do that! hehe

  3. I love, love, love all the knob choices available – it’s so easy to change the entire look of something with them! Great job (especially with the drill, which I have no business using either! lol)

  4. Now aren’t you something!! I love it…it’s especially nice sitting on your special night stand ….ahh the memories !!

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