More new projects – upcycled vintage boxes

Trying out some new projects this summer – it’s the perfect time for flea market finds! I found some great vintage jewelry boxes, cigar boxes and other interesting pieces. Here is the first try at painting, decoupage & upcycling!


Vintage wood jewelry box hand painted sage green, lightly distressed

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This wood jewelry box is similar to one I’ve had since the early 80s. I started out by wiping down all of the surfaces and then the interior. The lining inside of the mirrored section and the boxes are in good condition, so I didn’t need to do anything more than clean it out.  Then, a little sanding & let the painting begin! Using acrylics, I started with an off white base & layered sage green on top. Then I used a sealer to finish it.  Since I couldn’t figure out how to remove the drawer pulls, I covered them with painters tape. The glass piece does come out, but I taped that too. Next time, I’ll use a tiny screwdriver to take out the glass so it will be easier & neater.


Vintage cigar box with map paper accents for trinket box, jewelry,  or other small storage

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This vintage cigar box from Nicaragua was in good condition – just needed a bit of cleaning before I decoupaged map printed paper onto the lid (inside and out) and strips along each side. A coat of ModPodge on top and it’s a great little storage box or trinket box. There’s even little felt pads on the bottom.


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