from splinter to… Splendid

Organizer Tray Upcycle

This week has been busy finishing up my cleaning. I’ve been cleaning out drawers and closets and it feels so good to throw out bags of trash. Next week, I will be busy reorganizing my basement and garage. Not fun stuff but the end result feels so good. I did find a little time to work on some projects in between.

This week I am sharing a little upcycle project I did. As I was downloading pictures of this I realized, I again forgot to do before pics. So frustrating! But, it was a vintage light stained jewelry box that turned out very cute. I am also working on another bigger project that I am excited to share next week so stay tuned for that.

I have had this jewelry organizer for a while. I believe I bought it at a yard sale. I started by cleaning it and vacuuming out the inside. I wanted a color that would not clash too much with the red velvet inside the tray but also wanted a bright color. I chose Annie Sloan Arles and I am so glad I did. I painted two coats with a 1/2 inch paint brush. After it dried, I added Annie Sloan wax and buffed it. I then used 100 grit sand paper to distress it. I lightly distressed the edges and corners, handles and some random places. I then waxed and buffed it again and it was done. It gave it so much more character than the simple stain it was before. It was a very simple upcycle that made it so much more modern. I love how it turned out.

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I am working on starting an Etsy page to sell some of my projects. My only problem is that I want to keep everything. I guess I only need so many clocks, candle holders and organizer trays though. I also hate knick knacks sitting around that I have to dust so it’s time to start parting with some of these things. Soon, I will be sharing my Etsy page so if you see anything on my blog you love, you will be able to have it in your home.

Next week I will be sharing how I refinished this desk that was my grandmothers’s.

Desk Front

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  1. Laurie

    Cute little makeover. I think we have something almost like this at home – and believe me, it could use a make over too! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with us this week at Snickerdoodle Create-Bake-Make Link Party!

  2. Katrin

    Aw it turned out really pretty and there’s a spot for every little thing you need! Love how the phone fits in there, you won’t have to look for it ever! I always look for mine, never remember where I left it, lol!

  3. Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom

    How clever and creative! I hope your etsy shop has great success. 🙂

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      Thank You!

  4. Diana

    Great makeover, Mandy–love the color you chose, and you’re right, it goes well with the red velvet. Thanks so much for linking it up at Vintage Charm 🙂

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      Thank you!

  5. Nikki

    What a pretty, sunny color! This would brighten up any room. And I’m one who needs to have all my things together and organized like this. I’m always misplacing things, like my cell phone! LOL It’s hard to part with things we have created with love, especially when they look great in our home. Good luck on choosing which items to put in a store! And I can’t wait to see what you’ve done with the desk!


    I love the distressed look and bright color. Makes the tray a lot more fun. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.


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