Monday, October 20, 2014

Vintage Jewelry Box & Stand

I found these two pieces at a local garage sale and they were begging for a redo. They were sold together, though I'm not sure they are actually a set.  The coloring in both is mismatched and the jewelry box had a rather cheap, veneer finish.  In any matter, I wanted to keep them together and use them for my own small but treasured jewelry collection.

Notice the two different shades... 

I loved the old, gold-dipped feet and wanted to keep this feature.  

The hardware was BEGGING to be refinished.

Blotchy and tarnished.

First and foremost, I knew I wanted to keep the original color and finish to the stand. The gold-dipped legs were brought back to life using tape and gold spray paint. Once the legs were dry, I moved on to the rest of the stand. I've found that on a piece with minimal damage and nice coloring, it's best to stick with a quick smoothing technique and natural finish.  In this case, I used a 400 grit sand paper to smooth any scuffs or nicks, and then applied 3 coats of hemp oil to the wood. Hemp oil is a natural way to bring back depth, color and moisture to a piece. 

I let the stand cure for 24 hours and during that time, started on the box.  I used 150 sandpaper to smooth the veneer and then applied 2 coats of Rustoleum Oasis Blue.  The hardware was given new shine with 2 coats of the same metallic gold spray paint used on the stand's legs.  

The end results are eclectic, vintage charm if I do say so myself.  See for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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