Before and After Dumpster Jewelry Armoire

24 August
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This makeover is a true trash to treasure story... my friend found this petite little jewelry armoire in the dumpster at his apartment complex!

Altered Jewelry Armoire

I am attempting to teach an old dog new tricks and have told him to let me know anytime he sees something good in the dumpster (it happens a lot where he lives)... he resists me... but I think I'm finally rubbing off on him. It really helped my cause too when we found boxes and boxes of stuff sitting outside the dumpster not too long ago. The boxes were full of nice, name brand clothes, unopened perfume and soaps, books, etc. Not sure what happened but someone left in a big hurry!

So anyway, he pulled this little cutie from a tragic fate all on his own... without even asking if I was interested!

He did NOT however dive deeper into the dumpster to see if the little drawers had just fallen out when it was tossed... he only grabbed what he could reach from the ground! Baby steps people!!! I will get him trained :o)

Then he decided that he would start the makeover process... whaaaattt??!!

I didn't get a before/right-out-of-the-dumpster picture but it was just cheap looking dark brown.

This is how it looked after he started the makeover and dropped it off at my house. He used Rust-Oleum Chalked Spray Paint.

Obviously it needed some new drawers so I decided to make some! I used some thin cardboard and cut 4 sides and a bottom to the measurements I needed for each drawer.

I just used tape to create the box shape.

Test fit...

And then I used some old book pages and Modge Podge to cover the drawers.

So they look like this.

I found some cute little pink teardrop beads in my jewelry making supplies that I thought would work for drawer pulls.

They compliment the pink velvety interior!

And the feet got little pink dipped legs to further tie together the pink interior and drawer pulls.

I used a small portion of a much larger stencil I have for the top.

And I just made a shelf for the space where the fourth/top drawer would have gone... guess I was getting lazy... and I ran out of Modge Podge too!

The drawer that is there is fake since the top opens like so.

I think it turned out pretty cute, what do you think?

It's down at my space at the antique mall already.

I wonder if my trainee will brave the wilds of the apartment dumpster again soon ;o)

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  1. Very cute! Your "trainee" is progressing by leaps and bounds! LOL!

  2. That came out adorable! I love improving and flipping dumpster finds. :D Low cost and you saved it from "death" in the landfill.

    1. Thank you Vanessa! I love it too... so much so that my entire garage has a single path through the projects waiting for makeovers! ha ha!


  3. Tania this is such a cute idea. And using boxes was a brilliant idea, why not use what you have at home to make things work for you frugally? I also really love the pages. I am a big fan of pages.

    1. Thank you! I'm all about using what I have... I have so much stuff in my craft room I could do tons of projects without ever leaving my house... except for Modge Podge... I'm out of Modge Podge!! ha ha!!


  4. I'm chiming in...that is so cute Tania. We have some things around here that need drawers, and I never thought of using cardboard. Great idea! Let us know if it sells!

  5. What a cute transformation! And you really have that friend trained lol! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Hope to see you there again tomorrow morning! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  6. What a great way to give this a makeover. It's a wonderful frugal makeover. I love the pop of pink. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! Pinning.

    1. Thanks so much Beverly! I appreciate the pin too :o)


  7. I love the drawers!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party


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