Matching a Jewelry Music Box to an Antique Dresser

Matching a Jewelry Music Box to an Antique Dresser

Whenever I find a jewelry 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.

Music jewelry box or jewelry music box that will be painted to match an antique dresser by Sadie Seasongoods

Not only did it look like doll furniture, but its little 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 that plays Fly Me to the Moon at the thrift store for painting and upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods

For whatever reason, I had a very clear vision of what I would do: Give it a makeover so that it matched the shabby chic bedroom furniture in our room. More specifically, I would make it match our antique dresser that was originally my great-grandfather’s!

Antique dresser or painted dresser that is the shabby chic bedroom furniture that is owned by Sadie Seasongoods

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Painting a Jewelry Music Box to Match an Antique Dresser

Before I started on the makeover, I rubbed sandpaper over the flat surfaces of the music jewelry box. Not a complete sanding by any means, but just to rough up the surface for the paint.

Sanding the surface of a jewelry music box before painting to match shabby chic bedroom furniture by Sadie Seasongoods

After that, 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 – just like our antique dresser!

Painting a music jewelry box to match an antique dresser or painted dresser for upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods

I used basic craft paint brushes to paint the entire jewelry music box, save for the top and the back. The top needed to remain dark wood to match my antique dresser. Not painting the back was simply me being lazy!

Distressing a painted jewelry box with 220 grit sandpaper to match the shabby chic bedroom furniture by Sadie Seasongoods

After the paint dried, I distressed the edges of the vintage jewelry box 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!

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 drawer knobs.

Using a small stencil brush to paint round knobs on a jewelry music box to match a painted dresser by Sadie Seasongoods

Matching a Vintage Jewelry Box to Shabby Chic Bedroom Furniture

And that was it – the little jewelry music box was a perfect replica of my great-grandfather’s antique dresser!

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

Antique dresser and a music jewelry box that has been painted to match the shabby chic bedroom furniture by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

Jewelry music box from the thrift store that was painted to match an antique dresser and shabby chic bedroom furniture by Sadie Seasongoods

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!

Window pane decor to use as shabby chic wall art to match the painted bedroom furniture with lace doilies by Sadie Seasongoods

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 jewelry music box to YOUR bedroom furniture, what would it look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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  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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