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DIY Jewelry Box from Upcycled Silverware Chest

While the days are flying by, I sometimes feel like all I can do is try to keep up. Do you savor each day? My kids are growing not only in stature, but also maturity. With that, comes wanting to step away from childish ways and enter the adult world. It happens so crazy fast! Take a peek at this vintage silverware chest. It’s not much to look at now, but I intend to create a DIY jewelry box for one of my daughters who is becoming a beautiful young woman.

Antique Silverware Box Before | prodigalpieces.com

Inside Open Vintage Silverware Box for DIY Jewelry Box | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

What I like about this silverware box is that it has a lid on top with a drawer below. That offers plenty of room for necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Plus, it has this lovely brass hardware the just needs a good polishing with Bar Keepers Friend.

Corner View of Vintage Silverware Box | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

LET’S BEGIN

As you can imagine, I first begin to take apart the silverware box. I pull out the interior to see what I’m going to be working with.

Removing Lining of Vintage Silverware Box for DIY Jewelry Box | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Likewise, if you want to see what I’ve done with other silverware boxes in the past (they’re fun to do!), HEAD HERE. Or, watch this example in my video below.

Video Tutorial of Upcycled Silverware Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

All looks to be in relative good condition. Also, at the same time, I take off all the hardware so I can tackle the box as well as polish the hardware for later.

Removing Hardware from Silverware Box | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, when all is prepped, I take the box pieces outside so I can prime them. The dark stain used on the silverware box is sure to have bleed-through if I attempt to paint without primer. I lightly sand all pieces because there are plenty of scratches and scuffs. Then, I apply the Zinsser BIN primer with a micro foam roller.

Applying Zinsser BIN Primer to DIY Jewelry Box | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

FINE DETAILS

Now that I have a blank slate, I want to start the painting process. For the exterior of the box, I am using a soft white with two coats allowing to cure in between. However, for the drawer, I want a bit of a peek-a-boo effect to coincide with the colors I’m using. This is a color I custom-mixed for this upcycled hanging planter. Isn’t it a pretty coral color?

Painting DIY Jewelry Box Drawer | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As soon as my coat of paint cures, I then want to line the box. Thankfully, I have a great stash of not only acrylic felt, but wool as well. I choose to use the good stuff for my daughter. Only the best for my girl! Last, but not least, I want to add a bit of floral accents in a sort of Boho(ish) vibe by using these transfers I find at a local store.

Boho Flower Transfers for DIY Jewelry Box | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After I rub them on, I use my own transfer tutorial to create typography art of one of our favorite Scripture verses.

THE REVEAL

Finally, after my little fun with creating, my DIY jewelry box for my daughter is ready for her to fill with her own treasures.

Top View of DIY Jewelry Box from Upcycled Silverware Chest Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #jewelry #homedecor

Boho Style Jewelry Box by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #repurposed #jewelry #boho

I must say that I’m totally smitten with the color, transfers, the typography, and even the brass now a bright and beautiful accent. Additionally, the cherry on top is that Miss S loves it too. She can now graduate from her musical paperboard box donned with horses to this one. My baby girl is growing up and I couldn’t be more proud. sniff…

Side View of DIY Jewelry Box with Transfers by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled

DIY Transfers on Jewelry Box Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #jewelry #repurposed #art

Scripture Verse Proverbs 3:15 on DIY Jewelry Box | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #scripture #diy

While the outside has the floral motif, the inside is showcasing that gorgeous green wool lining with a peek-a-boo drawer color. Likewise, if you notice, I have it staged in my antique farmhouse style bedroom. However, we are working on our girls’ room remodel that has a bit of a different vibe, so stay tuned for that.

DIY Jewelry Box Drawer Open | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #jewelry #diy #boho

Open Felt Lined DIY Jewelry Box | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #jewelry #homedecor

Now it’s time for you to find your own second-hand silverware box and have recreating it into something for you or someone you love. Are you ready to have a DIY adventure? Leave some comment love below, and also pin and share to inspire others too.

A vintage silverware chest is transformed into a DIY Jewelry Box for her daughter by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #boho #jewelry #diy

Up next, I’ll be transforming another piece of furniture from the girls’ room makeover like the French Provincial desk set I redid HERE. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to see! PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!
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Also, more silverware box makeovers like this DIY jewelry box:

How cute! These repurposed silverware boxes are made into vintage style luggage with a whole lotta DIY fun by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #crafts #vintage #home #spring #homedecorSo fun! Larissa of Prodigal Pieces took a vintage washboard and old silverware box to create this farmhouse style upcycled washboard cupboard. Come see the details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #storage #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor #vintage

Comments

  1. Laura says

    What a beautiful tribute to your daughter.

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Sooooo cute!!! She will absolutely LOVE it!! Nothing makes a child feel more loved than to have a parent spend time creating something just for them. My mother was that kind of parent and she is adored and loved by her children and grandchildren. She has made each one us feel as if we are her special loves!! You are such a great Mom and you are setting such a fabulous example!!! ❤️💕❤️

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I couldn’t agree more. As a kid, the handmade items always meant more to me than store-bought. Thanks for the virtual hug, Rebecca!

  3. Trudy Eby says

    I have been on the hunt for silverware boxes since I have seen your makeovers. Love this, the transfers are so cute! Placing them in a row like a garden was a fun technique. Where did you find them? The fancy ones I see advertised are too expensive. I am sure your frugal self has found an alternative.

    • Larissa says

      That’s so fun! Yes, I don’t like how brands are charging so much and I like to make my own designs anyway. I found these at a local store as I like to support local. They were just over $1!

  4. Mary says

    Oh goodness, I so love how this turned out! I, too, love how you placed the transfers Larissa! This will be a keepsake your daughter will treasure for the rest of her life. I know I sure would if my mom had created this for me. What a treasure!

    • Larissa says

      I’m so tickled with the outcome. Thanks so much, Mary. I so want to not have any regrets that I didn’t do things to make my kids feel special. Thank you!

  5. Niki says

    GIRL…….!!!! Ok, I’m so digging this. I’m allergic to wool but otherwise 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻. I like the coral color, like the transfer and the scripture is perfect. I’m a Proverbs 3:5&6 gal. I hope your daughter gets many years of enjoyment from this incredible box! I pray you have a fantastic weekend my friend. Shabbat Shalom.

    • Larissa says

      So fun! I’m just happy she’s excited to have it in their new room AND it has a memory for both her and me. Thank you, Nikki.

  6. Charleen says

    This so pretty. I am sure she will love and treasure it. I can never find a box thay is reasonable in price. Quests I am not shopping in the right places. Or my “time” has come yet. The joy is in the hunt anyway! Take care dear girl.

    • Larissa says

      You are so right! They can be hard to come by and for the right price. I’m sending my #trashure vibes your way! 😀

  7. Michele M. says

    Oh that is absolutely darling! Well done. What a GREAT gift of love. ♥

    • Larissa says

      It’s such a joy to have people to create for and that give love all the time. Thank you, Michele.

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