Remember I said that nothing is off limits in my house right now for a coat of paint or some type of refresh? I have been passing by one of my jewelry boxes for the last 10 or more years, doing my best to ignore its orange-toned wood. Last week I decided I just couldn’t look at it another minute — the facelift was happening! While I was at it, I decided I was going to also give a facelift to my main jewelry box (also wood) which sits in my vanity area of the bathroom. Time for a jewelry box makeover!
I wanted to go with something shimmery or metallic. I decided to paint each box different to test out some paint products I had not worked with. I chose Martha Stewart silver metallic craft paint for the small box.
Here are the before and after pics of the small box, using the Martha Stewart silver metallic craft paint.
It definitely yielded a very silvery metallic effect. It was really easy to apply and dried quickly. I applied two coats plus a few minor touch ups for some small areas that needed it.
Definitely more appealing to my eye than the wood, but I have to admit it wasn’t really the look I was going for in this jewelry box makeover. Hmm . . .
For the larger jewelry box with the orangey wood tones, I decided to try out Rust-Oleum’s new chalk paint in, wait for it . . . gray. I have been obsessed with gray for umpteen years, I can’t help myself. (It’s neutral without being beige, right?) I was anxious to try the Rust-Oleum product because, let’s face it, the price point is more attractive than the leading brand (as in, half the cost). I was nervous, though, because I do tend to stick with things I like, and I do like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
Initially, the Rust-Oleum chalk paint felt a little thinner than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which I like since I tend to dilute the ASCP anyway. Turns out it was only marginally thinner in consistency. If I use the Rust-Oleum on a larger piece in the future, I will likely thin it out just a tad since I tend to favor a thinner paint viscosity.
I knew the gray chalk paint, alone, wasn’t going to be enough of a pop for me, so I was debating on what to use for a shimmery or metallic effect. I decided to try out the Pearl Plaster by Artisan Enhancements. It adds a pearly shimmer to whatever you may be applying it to. Fair warning: The plaster is plaster. Applying a light water mist prior to application makes it a bit easier to work with and buys you a little time to spread it. Artisan Enhancements gives awesome little tip sheets for all their products and the Pearl Plaster sheet can be found here.
Here are the before and after pics of the larger jewelry box.
Quite a bit different, right? It’s difficult to tell from the photo, but the Pearl Plaster really did add a nice pearl effect to the jewelry box.
So are you ready for my confession now? Let’s get real.
I told you earlier that the small box wasn’t really the look I was going for. After seeing the results on the large jewelry box, I realized something: I would have been happier had I used the Martha Stewart metallic on the larger box and the chalk paint and pearl plaster on the smaller box. I’ll explain . . .
The smaller box has that awesome deep wood grain. The Pearl Plaster would have looked amazing throughout the grain of that wood. Metallic silver didn’t serve that jewelry box well. As for the larger box, the natural wood has a smoother finish with no texture, so I think the metallic would have been perfect for it. I do like the chalk paint and pearl on the large box, but I think I might like the box better with the Martha Stewart metallic.
Hmm . . . redo them or leave them alone? What do you think about these two and the results of the jewelry box makeover? Make sure you leave your comments below and I am going to let the comments decide the fate of these two. Until then, on to the next project!