Do you still have your jewelry box from your childhood? Or maybe you’ve acquired one from someone else? I know I did….and I’ve painted them and am using them to this day! I also know that the jewelry box painting bug bit me….and now I can’t pass them by when thrifting for project pieces! They are like mini-dressers….which also make them great projects for anyone that feels overwhelmed at the idea of painting a large furniture piece. These feel like more of a “craft” and are easy to work on in stages at a table set up.
I found this particular jewelry box at my local Goodwill. You can see here in the before photo….other than some roughness around the edges…it was in great condition….especially the gold fabric on the inside! However, the dark and worn wood is not something most people would want to display.
Enter…….Dixie Belle paint (and me)!
I primed the piece with a single coat of Boss Gray….knowing I had planned to use white paint….and being cautious of possible bleed through.
I then painted the entire piece with a single coat of Fluff (white). Once dry….I drew my go-to sunburst pattern on the lid…see some of my other sunburst patterns HERE. I’ve put together a little video here showing you exactly how I do that!
The new transfer, Cacti & Succulents, featured at the end of the video can be found here!! They come in a tube (you can see in photo below) with many buildable pieces offered….and there are MANY styles and designs!
I chose the single row of traditional cacti as it was the perfect fit for the lid….as well as the perfect boho vibe that I was after! I absolutely love all things cactus and have painted not one but TWO nursery wall murals…see them here and here.
So go and give the video a watch and come back ….I’ve got a few more artists that are willing to let me share their succulent transfer projects with you!
Wasn’t that easy? And it completely changes the look of this little painted jewelry box chest!
I then used the Western Boho Silk Screen Stencil to add design and visual interest around the jewelry box.
Have you tried them yet? They are fail-proof!! Each packet contains three sheets of designs. They are self-adhesive so they stick to your project to prevent bleed-through and offer you sharp and crisp lines with the super fine detail!
You can use the sheets over and over again (up to at least 10 times if you care for them properly). I wrapped this boho design all the way around the box….and even added a single lone cacti to the backside!
I sealed the piece in Top Coat Clear Satin…..right over the transfer as well…..and that is it!
This project used only TWO colors of paint (Caviar and Fluff) and a transfer and a silkscreen stencil! These boxes make adorable gifts for women, teens, and even very young girls! I hope you’ll give one a try. Be careful…they can be addictive!!
NOW……I have a treat for you!!! As you know I am a Dixie Belle Brand Ambassador….and I work with a team of 8 of us here in the US. Several of them also created projects using the Cacti/Succulent transfer….and they were so sweet to allow me to share their work with you here! I love that they actually used the “succulent” portions of the transfers…..and they also used them on different size pieces of furniture! This just gives you a much better idea of how versatile the transfers are! They are “buildable”…meaning you can use small portions for small projects or build on the small portions to make larger designs like my friends did!
I’ll start with Brandy…..who created this stunning vanity/jewelry box (where did she even find such an unusual piece)…..using blended hues of blues and greens and featuring the soft and velvety succulents that are the perfect fit for her velvety blending style! You can watch her create this piece on her Youtube Video here. She’s actually hidden the same cacti that I used on the jewelry box by adding them to the drawer sides.
And then we have Leah! Leah went BIG on this boho vibe chest of drawers with a powdery washed finish! Its blend of bold colors toned down by a whitewash and layered stencil design sets the perfect backdrop to then feature an organic cluster of the succulents that she carefully built using the same exact transfer that Brand and I used. You can see more photos of Leah’s piece by visiting her website.
Isn’t it fun to see completely different looks from a single transfer? Make sure you are signed up on that email list and I’ll shoot you an email as soon as they arrive!
Sunburst Design Inspiration
Click on the pictures below for more photos and detailed steps of these sunburst project. My favorites are the Marilyn Monroe Bed and this sunburst dresser. Same sunburst pattern on two very unique pieces…check them out!
Painted Jewelry Armoire Inspiration
And while we are talking about jewelry boxes…here are some of my painted jewelry armoires.
Shop: Painted Jewelry Box
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