I found this beat up jewelry box at a thrift store for $2.
With a little TLC, I thought it would be the perfect gift for my niece’s 13th birthday. The outside of the box was scratched and dirty, while the inside had sustained water damage. The felt lining on the inside was stained with brown water spots and was peeling in several places. Also it was missing a brass knob. But still, I knew I could do something fun with it.
I started off by ripping the old felt out of the inside. It came off pretty easily. I saved the pieces so that I would have a template to make a new lining. I removed the hinges from the door, pulled the brass knobs off the drawers and detached the spinning necklace hanger. I decided to spray paint the box brown.
The most fun part of this project was putting a new lining on the inside. Inspired by my suitcase project (link post), I found some fancy wrapping paper that would complement the brown paint. I got some poster board from the grocery store and traced the old felt lining on it. I did this for each drawer and for the taller compartment. Then, I cut the pieces out and I wrapped each one in the fancy wrapping paper and glued it into place inside the jewelry box.
The wrapping paper needed some additional protection, so I used Mod Podge to give the inside a protective, plastic-like coating. I really like the texture and glossy look it created.
At this point, I reattached the hinges and necklace hanger. I scoured home-improvement stores for new tiny knobs, but I had no luck. So, I went to the craft store and picked out some crystal looking buttons. I attached each button by threading it with fishing line to a bigger button on the inside. They held securely.
It turned out great, and my niece loved it! Success!