As a chronic collector (and the owner of an ever-expanding number of vintage baubles), I always have an eye out at thrift stores for old jewelry boxes like these to house my precious non-precious gems:
The good news is: There are tons of old jewelry boxes out there. The bad news is: Even the most mild-mannered-looking ones on the outside generally look something like this on the inside:
Needless to say, I am not a red satin kind of girl. It’s way too loud and Hollywood glam for my Midwestern sensibilities.
But when I opened this one up, I was happily surprised…
… to see a beautiful blue velvet lining.
I hemmed and hawed about whether to buy it because the white pleather had stains on it, and some of the corners were chipped. But as I was walking through the store debating whether the box was a lost cause, I happened upon a remnant of wallpaper…
… that was the same shade of blue as the velvet. Clearly it as a sign.
So I bought the stained jewelry box and the wallpaper remnant and put the two together, so this once shabby box….
… now looks like this.
And I’m happy to report the inside cleaned up very nicely.
As a bonus, the original tag/guarantee was still inside the box in all its 1950s glory. Here’s the cover:
And here’s the inside:
Fortunately, I still had a remnant of the remnant wallpaper left when I was done covering the box, because a few months later I found two more ugly-on-the-outside but velvety-blue-on-the-inside cases. They started out looking like this …
… and now look like this:
Their interiors went from looking like this…
… to looking like this…
I lined the inside covers with some white tissue paper with faux handwriting printed on it.
And because I still had a tiny remnant of the remnant of the original remnant left over when I was done with covering all of the jewelry boxes, I dug this Williamsburg blue vintage suitcase out of storage …
…and pasted a plaid liner on its inside cover.
It’s full of Christmas ornaments right now.
I love storage that’s pretty and practical.
So all together, here are my four Williamsburg blue boxes:
And this is what the three jewelry boxes look like inside now that they’re in use: