Way back last winter Mr. Q followed up on a Craigslist ad I sent him and he purchased this for me.
From the fuzzy pictures included with the Craigslist ad, I thought it was another old doll dresser. When Mr. Q saw it in person he thought I would love it due to my love of tiny dressers, but he forgot to factor in that I am a bit of a tiny dresser snob. You see, it’s not old. Well, it’s probably slightly old … like 80’s old, but not the kind of old I like. It’s also a bit bigger than I thought it would be. I’m sure it was always intended to be a jewelry box.
So it sat. First it sat in my Q Branch for a while, then it sat on my unused three season porch during the 4th season (winter), then it got moved out to my carriage house workshop where it sat all summer.
But I finally pulled it out and decided to give it a ‘quandie quickie Wednesday’ makeover.
First things first, I got out some sandpaper and gave the piece more of a distressed look. That alone was a major improvement. But then I swapped out the knobs on the front. I just wasn’t loving either of the knob styles that the dresser came with. The knobs on the tiny upper drawers were painted over metal and a bit too small, while the knobs on the lower drawers were plastic and just a bit too big. So I replaced all of them with some white porcelain knobs that I had on hand.
I added some fun Tim Holtz rub-ons behind the lower knobs.
Next I added some more Tim Holtz rub-on numbers to the inside drawers.
But for me, the real pièce de résistance is the Iron Orchid Designs transfer I added to the top.
This is another of the designs that came with the “French Pots III’ set that I purchased for the cupboard in my bedroom. Once again, even though these were meant for clay pots, this one worked beautifully for this jewelry box as well.
So, a few quick improvements added a lot to this piece, don’t you think?
This jewelry box found a new home with one of the Reclaiming Beautiful owners, Monique. I hope she’s enjoying it!