A Legendary Bohemian Jewelry Box

This beautiful jewelry box has evolved from a plain brown box to a beautiful jewelry box lined with hot pink velvet flocking! Better yet, it is now available and can be yours! And yes, we will ship! Contact me for details.

I love redefining vintage jewelry boxes, or any box, really. Being able to take something out of date or creating something new from a box with good bones and turning it into a practical piece of art is very satisfying as well as fun to do. I also love photographing my work.

I think I was drawn to this bright and colorful patchwork pattern by Redesign with Prima as it reminded me of a quilt created and hand embroidered around each patch by my Aunt Miriam that I received as a wedding present in 1972. So I just had to use it in staging this box. The quilt is displayed in my Beatles themed guest room. It has a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band vibe, don’t you think? 😁

I recently attended a conference for jewelry box painters. Yes, one does exist. We are a small but caring group, led by a special talented painter who doesn’t hesitate to share her techniques. The other painters also shared ideas and tips, so it was a whirlwind weekend of designing and painting and getting to know, in person, an awesome group of ladies who have come to know each other online. The talking never stopped. 😁

I brought the box above to transform, and was just blown away on how it turned out, with a little help from my friends.

Materials used:

*Redesign by Prima “Patchwork” transfer

*Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style Paint (the brand we own and produce) “Crepe Myrtle” and “MO Denim” – we sell online!

*Metallic Lustre Guilding Wax “Cosmic Blue” – this can be found at Hobby Lobby and on Amazon as well as other places. This was brought and shared by another painter.

*Metal feet – These were available at the conference but can be found on Amazon.

*Fuscia Velvet flocking – this was available at the conference but can be found online. (I learned how to replace the lining on boxes to make them even better than new!)


“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” If this is true…… then be a Legend!

Then pamper yourself with this beautiful jewelry box in the Bohemian style, give your family a big hint you’d like it for Christmas, or choose it as a gift for a legendary person in your life.

From the bright, colorful patchwork design on the top to the Cosmic Blue Gilding wax on the hardware and legs, this box will soon become a legend in its own right. The top of the box is painted with our Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Crepe Myrtle” under the Prima transfer and the rest of the box is our “MO Denim” color.

Dimensions: 10 1/2” H x 11 3/4” W x 6” D

Three nice, deep drawers have been newly lined with bright fuscia velvet flocking. Inside dimension of drawers: 2” H x 9” W x 4” D

Spooky, Gothic Halloween Tray

It’s a little early for Halloween but I’ve been having some fun upcycling stainless steel trays. Here’s a couple I had previously done by gluing legs on them and painting them to look somewhat like pewter.


So then I was on the hunt for another tray. I wanted to make a Gothic looking, spooky tray for Halloween.

This time I wanted to find a big heavy base to glue the tray to. I found exactly what I was looking for! I don’t know what the base was originally, but it was nice and heavy and a kind of man-made pewter material. I glued the tray to the base with E6000, let it dry overnight, then cleaned it well and it was ready for paint.

I spray painted it with Krylon Fusion in the only gray I could find in a satin finish, but it was fine. It dries extremely fast and I love that! Next time, I would scuff it up a little bit after it dried just to make it a really good base for my chalk-style paint, but I didn’t do that on this one.

I then daubed Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint using “Coal Shovel” all over like I was stenciling, leaving a bit of the gray to show through in places. I like the rough matte finish so I didn’t seal. I will let it just cure naturally for about 30 days and it should be perfect by Halloween.

I couldn’t resist. I had to drag some Halloween decorations out and stage my new tray.

Can’t you just imagine this spooky, Gothic style tray with some of your decorations?

I Can Change the Color of My Transparent Logo?

This is a real game changer! Sorry. Pun intended. ☺️ But if you are like me, I have been searching forever to learn how to do this. I had purchased a transparent logo, and it is fine, but sometimes you just want something different. I wanted a more neutral one, too. Or maybe one with a different brush color.

Well, kids, today is your lucky day! The teacher in me is sharing a quick and easy way to do this with a free photo editor called lunapic. It’s a FREE online tool! You can’t beat that price, can you?

You can play around on this site for many more features like changing more colors than just the one quick basic color change I’m showing you here. But now, you have the ability to color coordinate your logo many different ways.

In addition, but it is a little trickier, you can make a solid color background transparent, too. Just do a search on how to do that in lunapic and you should find a tutorial on that.

But onto today’s tutorial. You will need:

1. A cell phone (I have iPhone but Android would work, too. Any device should work.)

2. Your transparent logo saved to your photo album.

3. The lunapic website: https://www199.lunapic.com/editor/

That’s it!!!

Now, all you have to do is follow along with this video tutorial! Any questions, just ask!

Ideas to Share at Jewelry Box University 2019

A Jewelry Box University??? Why not?

I belong to a group of talented artists that paint jewelry boxes. There are many talented people in this group I’ve had the privilege of getting to know online. I now get the chance to meet some of them when another painting friend (I met online) and I travel to North Carolina from Missouri later this month to learn from some of the best! How crazy is that? 🤪

Not so crazy! Painting jewelry boxes is very rewarding and so much fun and so worth the trip! Sometimes painting jewelry boxes can even be more time consuming than painting furniture. The techniques and skills we will learn at Jewelry Box University will easily transfer for use when painting furniture. And when I say we paint jewelry boxes, we don’t just mean the kind that holds jewelry and plays music. We create something new out of any kind of jewelry case or any kind of box.

I will be sharing some of these techniques with my fellow artists, so thought I’d do this post so they would all be in one place:

Change the color(s) of your transparent background (or solid, too) logo!

Video tutorial


Using Varathane Polyurethane



Essential Oils


From another site:

Mirror Reflections:

PicMonkey YouTube tutorial from Brushed by Brandy

Painting Techniques:

Color Wash

Buffalo Plaid

Wax resist

See video: https://www.facebook.com/sharsumpaint/videos/2056536231244976?sfns=mo

Chippy and Crackle look


An excellent article by The Copper Elm

The non-toxic cleaner she uses called Whip It


Waterslide Decals

Coloring a waterslide decals with Sharpies


I am no where close to being able to paint boxes like some of my painting friends, but here are a few of my favorites I have done:

When turning this box into a memory box by painting a decoupaging a vintage photo of my mom and her sisters, I learned the Lane Company gave these boxes to graduating seniors across the country as a marketing technique. The earliest I heard from was 1924 and I think it continued into the early 90s.

Color Wash – A Beautiful Effect on Wood!

Have you ever tried a color wash on wood? Our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint (https://sharsumpaint.com/paint-color-chart/) works perfectly for a beautiful color wash effect. This coffee table in the photo using “Indigo Blue” is an example of color wash. You can see a hint of navy blue but still see the beautiful grain of wood underneath.

It’s a fun technique to try. It’s kind of like staining, but using paint and water. Dries quickly, too!

Here’s a quick tutorial I just came across the does a great job of explaining color wash.


DIY Avengers Drawer Pulls

I was refurbishing a vintage desk for my grandson, wondering how to incorporate his love for Avengers and still be able to use it when the Avengers phase was over, and all of a sudden I thought… drawer pulls….using the small action figures! He could change them out any time! In fact, I might need to be on the look out for Pokémon characters next.

He really wanted Thor but we couldn’t find him. The lady at our local game store said he was very popular and used in games a lot, so we found Captain America instead. Got a deal there on used ones for $2.50 each!

You can read all about the history of this desk and the lesson learned on it along with seeing the other grandkid desks on our blog post Vintage Desk Makeovers – A Labor of Love.

The desk, my late brother’s childhood desk, had those old vintage drawer handles with wings (that I think looks like the head of clown), so the first thing we did was

remove them. Whew! Scary! But then we had to fill in the holes. We used a piece of dowel rod that we hammered down into the holes then filled with wood putty. This filled up the space and gave a surface for the wood putty to bond to. We let that dry, then sanded the drawers smooth.

Next, we drilled new holes centered between the old ones and a little higher so that the action figures could be centered. We drilled a hole all the way through the center of each super hero with a drill bit the size of the 2 inch screw we’d be using. We also painted small washers black (so they wouldn’t show) and used two or three behind each one so they weren’t flat against the drawers.

That’s pretty much it. We put the screws through the figures, added the washers for spacers as needed and then through the drawers. We secured with the nuts on the back of the drawer.

I think my favorite part of this whole project was when my granddaughter joked to her brother, “Liam….Mimi killed the super heroes!” But seeing them there on the drawers ready to spring into action, I am sure they will rise again to save the world! 😂

A few more pics of the finished desk:

Vintage Desk Makeovers – A Labor of Love

I painted a desk for my granddaughter when she started school.

I knew then I’d be painting three more at some point.

One grandson hadn’t expressed an interest in one until this past weekend. He lives several hours away so he and his grandpa found one at an estate sale near his house. They took it apart and rebuilt it. It is now in place in his room, waiting to be painted at some point.

His brother is just 4 years old, so I have awhile to go before he will need one.

My other grandson, brother to my granddaughter, is in first grade now. They have moved and his room is big enough for a desk. We had promised him some time ago I would paint my late brother’s desk for him, so we are in the process of that right now.

This is a different desk, a child’s desk…. but it seems my brother and I always had a thing for desks. Lol. And seeing the toy phone on his, he must have been my secretary. Notice I had the nicer desk. 😁

My brother’s desk is a vintage 60’s style small desk. I imagine my parents ordered it from Sears or Montgomery Ward. My mom ordered stuff all the time back then from the catalog store we had in our small town. Originally it would have looked something like the one pictured below (photo found on Internet.)

My dad refinished the desk that had been my late brother’s sometime in the 70s or 80s maybe. He was doing a lot of refinishing furniture for relaxation back then. I remember well that he would use some kind of concoction he made and warmed up that included linseed oil. I can kick myself for not getting a picture of his work on the desk before we got started. But, I often get so into starting a project, I forget to take before photos.

Now that I refinish furniture I often wonder exactly what that recipe was he used for sealing. I even try to remember if he mixed it with the stain, but too many years have passed to remember much more about it. Who knew I’d be doing this same thing years later. Of course, he mostly removed paint and stained. I usually remove stain and paint. Lol

He refinished an antique bedroom set for me right after I got married in 1972 that I still use today. The finish is still beautiful on it.

Keep in mind this sealer he used was an important thing to remember and I should have thought more about it before painting.

My brother was given a pocket knife by my uncle back in the day. Yep, no one thought anything about that. You know boys loved to keep pocket knives handy for carving or whittling or whatever. Well, my brother’s whatever happened to be carving his initials. It seemed he carved his initials in my sister’s convertible top! That was the last of him carrying his knife around in his pocket.

However, I guess at some point he carved his first and middle initials in his desk. When my dad refinished the desk, he must have decided to leave them (my brother passed away at age 18) as you could still faintly see them. When my husband sanded the top, there they were. 😏

I thought about various ways to try to keep them visible. A friend suggested having my grandson add his initials, which would have been a great idea. But the more I thought about it, I decided the memories were mine and my sister’s and not the new generation’s, so I decided I will paint over them as they are now sanded smooth. I do think I will put this photo in a frame for my grandson, tell him the history and write on the back of the photo. He can then tell the story to future generations.

So, my husband had sanded the top because there were some other scratches we wanted to smooth out. He scuffed sanded the rest to prep for painting.

I cleaned it well, as I always do, thinking all the time, that the finish was so nice and smooth on the desk my dad must have used poly on it to seal it. I did notice that after I cleaned well and it had dried, there seemed to be a haze. So I cleaned again. The haze came back. I thought then I wondered if he could have used his linseed oil sealer. But it had been 30+ years. I figured too much time had passed to matter, so I applied the first coat of paint. The second coat started pulling up the first coat and I stopped right there. I knew I couldn’t go any further.

In hindsight, I knew my dad probably did use his linseed oil recipe. But more importantly, my mom spent 30+ years after polishing it with Pledge. It dawned on me that haze was probably built up wax from the Pledge. So my husband then sanded the whole thing down to bare wood and I’m starting over.

Moral of the story: when in doubt of a previous finish, don’t assume scuff sanding and a good cleaning is all that is needed. When you see a funny looking haze after scuff sanding, assume it could be a build up of product of some kind. Then, strip or sand completely.

I will be using shellac all over to help seal in anything missed before starting to paint again.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come. I will be updating with pics of the process.

I’ve included a pic of the spray shellac I will be using. As an FYI, shellac will also stop bleed through and seal in odors such as cigarette smoke and old furniture smell if you have a piece that still has odors after thorough cleaning.


The complete sanding and spraying all over with shellac worked.

We used action figures to make the drawer pulls. Here’s a link to the post specifically about the drawer pulls. We removed the old handles and filled in the two holes. We drilled a new hole for each drawer and centered it for the action figures. We drilled holes in each action figure and placed a couple of washers we painted black behind each figure to make them far enough away from the drawer to grab hold of. We ran a screw through all and secured it with a nut inside the drawer.

When he tires of super heroes, it will be easy to change it up. He’s pretty fond of Pokémon right now so I will be on the lookout for those.

So here is my grandson’s Avengers desk.

The colorful desk organizer is vintage, too. It was once a Playskool grill and now perfect for holding pencils, paper, scissors, etc. 😆