I have a LOT of jewelry. I don't feel like any outfit is complete without jewelry, and I like to switch mine up a lot, so I have quite a bit. Storing, organizing and managing all of my jewelry has long been a struggle, so several years ago I bought a large jewelry box that had a TON of storage. There were not many finish options when I bought the box, but at the time I didn't care. I desperately needed storage, and was willing to sacrifice form for function. Well no more honey oak finish, I tell you. NO MORE!
Once I had each part taped up, it was over the drop cloths for three light coats of off-white spray paint. I really considered painting the box a fun color. But I'm working on some colored lamps for our bedroom and thought it might be best to keep the jewelry box neutral.
From there, I called it a day and let the spray paint dry overnight.
I tinted mine with some leftover chocolate colored paint, which we had originally used to paint our bedroom walls. I did not measure my glaze or paint, but I would guess it was a glaze to paint ratio or about 2:1. I wanted my glaze to be fairly opaque, but you could add more or less paint depending upon the level of opaqueness that you desire. For convenience purposes, I just mixed my glaze in a plastic cup, and I used a foam brush in order to avoid brush strokes.
I brushed on a coat of glaze to completely cover the painted surface....
...and then used a rag to wipe off almost all of the glaze. The glaze naturally collects and remains in the areas that were nicked/sanded/distressed. If you'd like a darker glaze, you could repeat this process until you reach the shade you desire. I only glazed and wiped once.
The results were AWESOME! I was almost giddy to see that each piece looked like the distressed furniture that I covet in stores.
I was so excited about how well it was turning out, that I wanted to put the jewelry box back together immediately. So I distracted myself by rubbing some Silver Leaf Rub 'N Buff onto the gold handles in order to transform them into silver fixtures. Using Rub 'N Buff is so simple, you literally just rub it on, let it dry for a few minutes, and buff it to a shine. The silver compliments the distressed white finish so much better.
Once everything was nice and dry, I put the jewelry box back together and just stared at its beauty for a few minutes. I couldn't believe that I had lived with that horrible honey oak for so long.
I was so excited to get it into the bedroom and load it back up with my jewelry.
And load it up I did! Let's do a tour, shall we?
The bottom section holds watches, bracelets, and items that wouldn't fit in any of the top three sections.
And then a set of drawers that hold my rings and The Land of Lonely Earrings. I can't tell you how often I eventually find the lost earring and am SO GLAD that I held on to the survivor. It's nice to have a place to keep them while I'm waiting for their mates to reappear.
But the BEST part of this jewelry box is the earring storage. Eight removable stands hold dozens of pairs of earrings, and make it really easy to find and access what I'm looking for.
Not ENOUGH necklace hooks, mind you. But I manage to find other places to hold the overflow...
...like the inside wall of my closet. And a bowl in our bathroom. And in a smaller jewelry box that I keep stored away. And......I need to stop buying necklaces!
One final, happy shot of my newly updated beside table. I like it so much better. Oh! And if you like this jewelry box, you can find it here. This is an updated version, but its almost the same as mine. You can even get a honey oak finish of your own :)