Painting a Wooden Music Box to Look Like Painted Bedroom Furniture

Painting a Wooden Music Box to Look Like Painted Bedroom Furniture

Whenever I find a wooden music box on my thrifting adventures, I get excited. I love listening to the plinky sounds from the music box (if it still works) and trying to “Name that Tune”! So, when I found this little music jewelry box on the Goodwill shelves, I was immediately smitten.

Wooden music box and mini chest of drawers at a thrift store

Not only did it look like doll furniture, but its mini drawers were lined with turquoise velvet.

AND its music box still worked, playing a slow version of “Fly Me to the Moon”.

Music jewelry box and mini drawers for a thrift store makeover

For whatever reason, I had a very clear vision of what I would do: Give it a makeover so that it matched the painted bedroom furniture in our room.

More specifically, I would make it match our antique dresser that was originally my great-grandfather’s!

Painted bedroom furniture as inspiration for wooden music box

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Upcycling a Mini Chest of Drawers to Match a Bedroom Suite

First, I rubbed 120-grit sandpaper over the flat surfaces of the wooden music box.

Not a complete sanding by any means, but just to rough up the surface for the paint.

Preparing a wooden music box to be painted

Next, I taped off the underside lip of the top and got out some off-white paint.

That way, I wouldn’t get any white paint on the top to maintain the natural dark wood. Just like the antique dresser of ours that I showed you!

Painting a mini chest of drawers to match a bedroom suite

I used basic craft paint brushes to paint the entire wooden music box, save for the top.

Upcycling a jewelry dresser to match a bedroom suite

After the paint dried, I distressed the edges of the jewelry dresser just a bit here and there with 220-grit sandpaper.

Then, I color-matched the blue knobs from our antique dresser for the jewelry box knobs!

Painting the knobs on mini drawers

Instead of using a flat craft paint brush, I actually used the smallest stencil brush in my collection. It was PERFECT for stippling blue paint on the little knobs of my wooden music box.

Using a stencil brush to paint the knobs on a wooden music box

Painting a Wooden Music Box to Look Like Painted Bedroom Furniture

And that was it! The wooden music box was now a perfect miniature replica of my great-grandfather’s antique dresser!

Upcycling a jewelry dresser and wooden music box

Need further proof? Here you go, dresser on dresser…

I’m so enamored with how it turned out. It’s like having slightly bigger dollhouse furniture that matches our own.

Normally I’m not a “matchy-matchy” person, but I happily made an exception for this little cutie.

Painted bedroom furniture and a wooden music box that matches

Interested in more details about our antique dresser (like the original price tag on the back!)? Check out my inaugural blog post where I made this window frame decor with vintage doilies to match our shabby chic bedroom furniture!

Framed doilies as shabby chic wall decor

And I will get a lot of use out of my little jewelry music box. Even though I’ve made several jewelry organization projects, I can always use more options!

I’d also love to know- if you were to match a wooden music box to YOUR painted bedroom furniture, what would it look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Margaret says

    What a lucky find! This is just beautiful and to have the music box still working… fabulous!

  2. What a cute idea! My dresser is all wood, so it wouldn’t take much to match that. I have so much costume jewelry that I keep it in the vanity drawers in the bathroom, along with four jewelry boxes that just have lifting lids.

  3. OMG… so cute!!

  4. I simply love your creativity. Thanks for sharing your projects and giving us so many good ideas to develop into our own diy projects.

  5. What a great find, and painting it to resembling your Great Grandfathers dresser is just the best!

  6. Teresa Townsell says

    THAT is super adorable!! You’ve just added to the heirloom piece!! When it is time to pass the dresser on to the next generation, the jewelry box will need to go with it, too!

  7. How cute is that!! Great job.

  8. oh my gosh, this is great!! The cutest idea and then to match it to your dresser…..kudos to you

  9. A super cute idea! What will you think of next? I really like the style of your jewellery box – it’s a bit different with it’s little legs, and you’re so right, it’s a perfect match for your antique dresser! If I were to match one to my dresser it would have to be a little Mid-Century piece in walnut wood 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It was too cute to pass up, that’s for sure!! And oh my word, could you imagine finding a jewelry box like your dresser???

  10. Robyn Wright says

    Super Cute!

  11. You have such great vision and are so creative! I would have never have thought to create a matching jewelry box! Thank you for inspiring me to look for a jewelry box when I’m out thrifting.

  12. WoW!! That is soooo cool! Love it.

  13. giantsdancefarm says

    One of my top 3 favorites of your projects. Just adorable!

  14. This came so cute! What a fun project!

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