Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo
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Chica and Jo

Chalky Finish jewelry box

by: Jo

Chalky Finish jewelry box
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I found this less-than-attractive jewelry box at the flea market and decided to try and give it a facelift. Little Jo had been wanting a new jewelry box since the one she had was too small and baby-ish. Yes, she’s certainly growing up fast!

Chalk Paint Jewelry Box
My stash of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints were the obvious choice for this make-over. I painted the top a quick coat of Everlasting. I did this because I wanted to use some Decou-Page Paper on the top and I didn’t want the original wood color showing through the white areas.

For the main body, I used New Life. I pulled my color palette from the colors in the Decou-Page paper’s pattern.

Chalk Paint Jewelry Box
Next, was the drawers. This time I used Heritage and just started painting away. Well, that was a bad idea. These drawers were quite dark and the Heritage isn’t as opaque as some of the other colors. I should have started by base-coating the entire box with Everlasting and then going back to add the colors but I didn’t. I did it the hard way so let that be a good tip for you – base-coat everything in white first!

I also painted the sides of the drawers in Innocence, just to give a bit of a surprise when you pull out one of the drawers.

Chalk Paint Jewelry Box

Now it was time to decoupage the paper onto the top. I started by applying a generous coat of Decou-Page to the surface.

Chalk Paint Jewelry Box

Then I added my Decou-Page Paper. The pattern I chose really brings together the paint colors I used. This arrow pattern was the obvious choice because Little Jo is now obsessed with The Hunger Games, and is even on her school’s archery team. I used my brayer to roll the paper out smoothly, starting from the inside and moving towards the outer edges.

Chalk Paint Jewelry Box

Then I sealed the paper with a couple more coats of Decou-Page.

Chalk Paint Jewelry Box

The final step was to cover the whole thing with the Americana Decor Soft Touch Varnish. I absolutely LOVE this varnish because it dries to exactly what it says – a soft touch. I can’t explain to you sufficiently how silky smooth it makes the surface. It’s crazy, but great!

Chalk Paint Jewelry Box

I also added a hint of blue to the top and bottom edges of the jewelry box, using Americana Multi-Surface in Night Sky. I thought this finished it off nicely and had the bonus effect of hiding any cutting imperfections I had with the paper on the top.

Little Jo is quite pleased with how it turned out. Of course, now Mini Me is wanting to know when I am painting her a jewelry box. Back to the flea market!

Chalk Paint Jewelry Box

DecoArt is actually running a Chalky Finish paint contest right now. Head over to the contest web page for all the details on how you can enter to win!

Chalky Finish Contest

DISCLAIMER: I received paint for this project from being a member of their Blogger Outreach Program. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this post.

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