Cameo Jewelry Box

cameo box

I am out of the running for the So You Think Your Crafty challenge this week. It was a lot of fun, and I am glad I had the opportunity to be in it. This week’s theme was Paint.

I spent a lot of time deciding what project to do. I thought about doing furniture or painting an entire room, but decided I would be rushed and it probably wouldn’t turn out the way I wanted.

Sometimes simpler, is better.

Such is the case with this Cameo Jewelry Box.

jewelry box before

I found this little cedar box at the thrift store. It looked old and unloved. I liked the unique details it had, although they were difficult distinguish against the dark wood.

The top and front of the box had old brass plated cameos on them. I love cameos! The finish had long worn off and the brass was no longer shinny and beautiful as it once was.

jewelry box before inside

inside jewelry box

I painted the box with two coats of General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint both inside and out. I left a circle in the center of the lid where the original grain of the wood would show.

I found the silhouette graphic online, printed and cut it out.  I used Mod Podge to adhere it to the area in side the circle. The finishing touch was a bit of gold braid that I glued around the circle with craft glue.

The bottom of the box has a scrap piece of black suede in it. Something about the black makes the jewelry look even more beautiful.

cameo box

The top of the box has more cameos and gold strapping. In the center has a gold monogram. I used craft book letters for the monogram and glued them on with more craft glue.


jewelry box front

The details on the box were brought back to life with Modern Master’s Gold Metallic Paint. I painted them with a small brush and even painted the feet of the box to match.

A light sanding on the edges of the box gave it a distressed look. A final coat of General Finishes Brown Glaze effects gave the box more of a vintage charm and brought out the cameo details. I sprayed the entire box with a matte sealer to protect it.

I love how it turned out, it looks so right with Grandma’s pearls!

I will be keeping tabs on the rest of the competition, you can see this week’s winner on the So You Think Your Crafty website.


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