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I really enjoy giving handmade gifts (like the fabric napkins that I posted about last December.) Those gifts are usually made by me. One of my nieces has a birthday at the end of November. In fact it was just a few days ago so I had to wait until it was passed before I posted about her gift this year.

Since she was very very young I have always made her pillowcases. A pillow case for each season plus summer, winter, fall, spring themed ones as well. I can still look into my magic ball and see more pillowcases in her future, but wanted to come up with something different for this birthday.

As I was snooping around a thrift store a few weeks ago, I saw a small jewelry box. It was pretty plain (sorry, I completely forgot the “before” photo) but it had potential. I knew I could give it a facelift, but it also appealed the the frugal and thrifty side of me as well.

My original plan was to paint the entire jewelry box white and then “white-wash” it with a metallic silver to give it some pizazz and sparkle. I started with the white. I found a can of white spray paint in our garage and decided to use it to make quick work of covering the whole box. It needed two coats and even then the spray paint wasn’t covering the wood very well.

not covering the wood very well at all

I decided to get out my acrylic paints and go for better coverage with those. That worked a lot better, but the spray paint left a glossy finish and the acrylic paints left a mat finish, so I knew then I would need to apply a clear glossy top coat in the end.

Once the paint was on it was time for the silver metallic “white-wash.” I started wiping the silver on and instantly was not happy with the look at all! It was not looking all shiny and sparkly like it was in my vision. As I wipe it off for the full “white-wash” effect, it even looked worse. Again, sorry, no photo because at this point I knew I wanted to get as much of the paint off as I could and needed to work quickly.

So I just took one huge step backwards and needed to paint those surfaces white again and come up with another plan. By the way, this was Tuesday and I intended to mail the box on Wednesday. Nope, that didn’t happen! Not with another coat of white paint, plus dry time, plus what ever design I was going to paint, plus dry time, clear coat, dry time – you get the picture. I knew if I wrapped it up in one of my fabric gift bags before it was completely dry that the bag would be stuck to the box when my niece went to open it – not good.

The jewelry box did have a cut design into the wood so I felt I was a bit limited and so I decided to follow that pattern with dots. Dots are super super easy to do, if you know the trick. Use the end of your paint brush – the end without the bristles. Dip it in your paint and then touch it the surface you want the dot on. The size of the end of your brush will determine the size of your dot. Be sure to do a few test dots before you do this on your actual project and depending on the medium you are using you may get 1-2 dots before you need to reload the end of your brush, or you may only get 1 dot. The silver metallic paint I was using was pretty thin, and I wanted a substantial dots with a sparkly impact, so I needed to dip the end of my brush in the paint for each dot.

I did get the front and top of the box done and was going to move onto the sides, but time was not on my side.

I hope that my niece will like her new jewelry box.

Have you ever given something old a much needed facelift?

Sincerely, Emily

You can see what else I am up to over at Sincerely, Emily. The topics are varied, as I jump around from gardening to sewing to making bread or lotion and many things in between.




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Credenza \kri-ˈden-zə\ noun

  1. A buffet, sideboard, or bookcase, especially one without legs.
  2. A piece of office furniture having a flat top and usually file drawers.

I was saying to myself the other day

Kim you need a new credenza, every farmer must have a credenza.

But when you live in the sticks where does one go about buying such a piece of furniture?  How does one explain to small town store clerks what a credenza even is?

So I figured it would just be easier…and cheaper to make one myself.

Credenza old re-purpose paint

I have finally done with this project something that has eluded me until now…

I finally painted something white! You see I adore white furniture but every single time I go to use white paint on furniture something more flashy catches my eye…yes I’m a sucker for turquoise and fuchsia and all such bright colors!

Credenza chair paint old

Take this chair for example…it was going to be white. Then this great melon color seduced me and I could not resist.  I was determined that I would not be dissuaded this time…no I would be strong and stay the course…white it would be!

Credenza started

Life for this particular credenza (what a fun word) started out as an old dresser with three drawers.  Baby Boy decided to use the drawers for a step ladder a few months ago and broke the middle support.  It was either repair or move on…move on it was!

Just for a little history, when hubby and I were pregnant with our first child (25 years ago!) We did not have a lot of money so we bought a crib, highchair, and dresser/changing table from a neighbor.  This is said dresser.  It has held diapers, itty bitty baby boy clothing, teeny little booties…I have changed 1000’s of diapers upon its top.  I could not get rid of it, too many memories!

But re-purpose it I could handle!

Credenza table saw shelf

I removed the supports and runners for the top two drawers, lightly sanded the whole dresser.  Then I then cut a piece of 5/8″ plywood on the table saw for a new shelf that would replace them.

Credenza jig saw shelf

Next I got out my handy little jig saw to notch out the corners…I love my jig saw!

Credenza corner shelf

I put the shelf in and screwed it into place…

Credenza unfinished shelf

Next I glued and nailed a small piece of molding to cover the seam between the shelf and support piece…and primed the whole dresser and the bottom drawer

Credenza molding primed

Credenza primed

Next was my folly…

Credenza italian olive green paint

Instead or reaching for a can of white paint another little can caught my eye…how can one resist a color called ‘Italian Olive’?  It was left over from another project and was sitting there just beckoning to be used…really it was!

I painted the whole thing with one coat of this great green color…how funhow different!

Credenza italian olive green paper

It would look so fun and classy with this great shelf paper that I had left over from the farmhouse remodel.


What about my determination to paint something white?  Did I have no self-control?  Could I never say no to the bright and the funky?  Could I not in some small way be traditional…even classy?

So I went to the shelf and bravely picked up a can of creamy white paint and with a slightly heavy heart did this…

Credenza green white paint

As you can see I could not bring myself to paint it all white…I just could not! But I was satisfied that this was as close to all white as my color-lovin’ heart would ever come.  So two paint coats later I had my white credenza.  But something was just not right.  It was all shiny and new…too shiny and new.

I took out a piece of 150 grit sandpaper and proceeded to sand all the corners and some of the flat surface until the green paint or bare wood shone through.  Yes a little distressing is good for the soul!

Credenza drawer distress antique

Credenza antique edge paint

Then I put back on the cabinet pulls, the ones that I had touched so many times over the years in caring for my children…when they were just babies…now they are in college…sob.

Credenza handle hardware

They were old and dark and I thought just right.

When I brought the piece in the house I knew it would be perfect for my hubby’s binders, he is urber organized and has much of our important paper work in matching binders.  These binders are all white and all UGLY!

I could not put such ugly binders on such a pretty little piece of furniture so I decorated them…yes I indeed spend part of an afternoon when I could/should have been doing laundry cutting out little pieces of shelf paper, adding stickers, left over from my calendar project, and slipping (actually wrestling) them into the edges of the ugly binders.

Credenza binders paper stickers

Aren’t these fun? They almost make going over the budget something I would look forward to…almost.

And as if I didn’t already have better things to do, I decided the ‘Cars’ binder which holds all of our maintenance records for all of our cars dating back to 1992 (yes he is that organized) I decided to jazz it up even more with hubby’s favorite car…’58 Corvette anyone?

Credenza binders corvette 58

And wait…

Credenza drawer folders paper

Matching paper in the drawer!  I may not be as organized as hubby but I lay a mean shelf paper!

So there you have it, my first white piece of furniture, my first credenza, but certainly not my last piece of re-purposed furniture.

You see I have 3 more pieces of old furniture waiting for me in hubby’s garage…sorry sweetie, I’ll get them out soon!

If you want I’ll just skip the laundry and get right to them…really I would do that for you…I love you that much!

Credenza chair paint old

Although next time I think I’m going to go for plum, or moss…or melon!  A girl can only do so much white!

So what about you?  White or Colored…Cream or Fuchsia…Chalk or Italian Olive?

Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids, and…a camel!

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