How To Make an Antiqued Jewelry Box {With a Secret Ingredient!}

Antiqued DIY Jewelry Box 2I love unfinished wood.  It’s a blank canvas just waiting for you to transform it.  Since I adore all things vintage and antique, I decided to make my plain box look aged.  My secret?  Don’t laugh!  It’s petroleum jelly.  For real.  Read on to learn how you can use a common household item to make your paint finish look distressed.

Antiqued Jewelry BoxSupplies needed to make your own  antiqued DIY jewelry box:

jewelry box detailStep one: Paint the box with acrylic paint.  I used brown so it would look like a dark wood box.

Step two: Apply thick “blobs” of petroleum jelly to the parts of the box that you want distressed.  I concentrated on the corners and a few random spots on the top and sides.

How to distressStep three: Spray paint the box.  I used a gold hammered finish spray paint.

Step four: Use a stencil to add a design to the top of the box.  I painted my design with Antique White paint and then traced the edge with brown paint.

Box TutorialStep five: Use a dry cloth to rub the petroleum jelly off the box.  The paint will come off with it.  Continue wiping until the surface is no longer slick.

Before and afterStep six: To finish the inside, cut a piece of fabric to fit the box.  Apply Mod Podge and press the fabric into the box.  I did not paint the top of the fabric with Mod Podge because I wanted it to be soft and feel like fabric.

Mod Podge Fabric

Jewelry Box InteriorYour fabulously “old” jewelry box is now ready to use.  Mine is in my craft room, holding some of my Tim Holtz embellishments.  How would you use your box?

Antiqued DIY Jewelry Box

About Morena

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!


  1. JaneEllen says

    Your box turned out so nice, just the right amount of distressing, the inside is pretty with that fabric.

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