Trash to Treasure: Tool Chest to Jewelry Armoire

I'm taking a little blog holiday and handing the reigns over to a few talented bloggers for another few installments of my trash to treasure series. Kicking off, welcome Kate of DomestiKatedLife who has a simple and perfect project for all of us flea market hunters. In just a few quick steps she took a garage find to the bedroom beautifully. Pop over to her blog for more great ideas.

I'm Kate and I write DomestiKatedLife, I'm so excited to be invited to share my "trash to treasure" makeover today! I bought this beat up old tool chest from the Brimfield Flea Market and it was in pretty horrendous condition, the paint was chipping and the drawers were rusting -- but I saw some potential with the size of the piece and the shallow drawers.

I knew it would be the perfect piece to turn into a jewelry armoire and I scooped it up from the vendor on the spot! After what felt like a million hours of sanding and painting it looked good as new on the outside, and inside I lined the drawers with hot pink felt to keep my necklaces and earrings safe from rolling around on the metal surface.

I use the drawers to organize my very large collection of costume jewelry -- the narrow drawers meant for wrenches are perfect for storing jewelry; it sits in a corner of my bedroom with an old silver tray on top and I keep my everyday accessories hanging above it.


  1. Absolutely love it!

  2. Kate this so, so clever!  I love it, the color combo + how pragmatic it is.  I want one stat now (although my jewelry collection is pretty meager in comparison).

  3. K Gavigan10:21 AM

    amazing! i am impressed and inspired - great job!!

  4. Brian Turner75212:04 PM

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could e-mail me?

  5. Thanks for having me today! 

  6. While I like the old colour of it, the new one is even better! :)
    And I love how it's got a new purpose. Too pretty!

  7. Erica8:58 PM

    Amazing idea.. Thanks for sharing!

  8. how2home5:10 PM

    Wow! With a new coat of paint, this little dresser is a total dream! Great work!


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