Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Old Jewelry Box to New Doll Armoire

I know it's been a while since my last post but I was a little busy.  We had a birthday trip for my daughter to the American Girl store in Chicago and then an unexpected trip to Richmond to visit my younger sister.  Needless to say my projects are a little behind.

Right before I left for Virginia I did manage to finish this doll armoire but I did not have time to take pictures or write the post.  Now that things are getting back to normal routine I am excited to share this with you.  It is a great before & after plus a great diy-save-yourself-a-lot-of-money project.

My daughter is all into American Girl dolls now that we have to moved to the Chicago area and as any parent of an 8-year-old girl knows the doll and her accessories are exceptionally expensive.  Even the Target knock-off brand is still too much money in my book.  So in order to keep the aforementioned 8-year-old happy I have become quite the doll clothes seamstress - see that post here.  However, your doll also needs furniture and one of the coveted items was a fancy clothes armoire.  If you do a quick Google search you will see that these range from $30 to over $100 - for a doll!!  

Well, I was in the Goodwill searching for teacups (for the 8-year-old's upcoming birthday tea party) and I happened upon this vintage 1970's jewelry box.  It was $6.  One of the drawers was missing a side but I knew I could fix that.  So it came home with me.

On the way home I stopped and picked up a can of grape-colored spray paint for $3.  Now I wouldn't normally choose grape but my daughter is all into purple and since this was for her doll I felt I should pick something she would love.  This will assuage my guilt when I won't let her paint her room this color.  In addition, I grabbed a small package of sparkle bling from the scrap book aisle for another $2.

Now it had a slight old home smell to it so I let it air out for a few days and then I ripped out all the old velvety lining stuff.

I am so glad I ripped that stuff out because when I did all this dust and yucky stuff was flying around.  I wiped the inside and outside off with some vinegar and water solution.  That really helped get rid of any remaining smell.

Then I removed the doors, took off the hinges, and carefully pried off the drawer/door pulls. I covered the hangers on the inside with plastic wrap and began spray painting.  I did about 3 coats on everything and then let it cure overnight.

The next morning I lined the inside of it with scrapbook paper cut to fit and mod podge to glue it in.  I cut lengths of ribbon to cover where the paper met in the corners and edges.  I then let this dry for a day.  

After that I used plain old Elmer's glue to attach my bling to the front of the doors.  I had spray painted right on top of the faux glass doors but you could take out the plastic and use another material if you wanted.  It seemed easiest to just spray paint right over it though.  Then I reattached all the hinges and the pulls.  

The little flowers are made of colored plastic with mirror on the back so the light reflects.  Perfect touch for a little girl.

My daughter can hang dresses or shirts or hair bands from the hooks and then she also has 2 fairly large drawers for smaller accessories like shoes.  You can see where I repaired the drawer on the left by cutting a paint stir stick to size and then gluing it in place.  Now the drawer works great.

Let me give you one more before and after shot.

And the cost round up...

  • Goodwill jewelry box - $6
  • spray paint - $3
  • flower bling - $2
  • paper, ribbon, mod podge - free

Total = $11

Compared to at least $30 for a store bought version I think I did pretty well.  Plus it is customized to my daughter's style.  We're really happy with the outcome, and I know she loves it because while I was away she had already loaded it up with her stuff.  I had to steal it back today while she was at school to take the pictures.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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  1. This is just adorable. You did a fantastic job and I know she loves it.:)
    Over from SSS.

  2. What a great idea! Found you from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's linkup

  3. Thanks I am gonna use a jewelry box to make mine! I never thought of that but the goodwill stores are full of these. Yours is beautiful thanks!! I agree the American dolls are so expensive. I have different dolls bc AG was too much. Check these out when she gets older these are beautiful dolls and they look a little older!! They also benefit charities that your girl can pick. http://karitokids.com/piper/ I have Piper but they are all awesome and they are on ebay for like $25! They can wear AG clothes but the are a bit taller and slimmer than AG. I like them because they don't have such a big space between their two legs as AG. Thanks again!

  4. Thanks for the idea. Did you sand it first? Are you happy with the necklace spinners or would you have preferred a dowel for closet rod? I picked up my jewelry box from cl today. I was hyped after making a bed yesterday. Thanks again for the inspiration!


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