Reclaimed Trinket Chest

Reclaimed Trinket Chest2017-12-27T11:23:07-04:00

Project Description

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I love searching for hidden treasures in antique and thrift shops.  I found this little gem at our local Goodwill shop. As you can see, it was a little worse for the wear. But, I saw potential 🙂

I wanted to paint any areas that would be exposed and not covered with paper a dark midnight blue. But, alas, I didn’t have the right color paint. Joanna, my DIL, to the rescue!! She had the perfect shade of nail polish–and it worked great. You can see the nice shiny finish on the top edge of the finished trinket chest.Top--Resized

The next step in the transformation was measuring and cutting the Belgian Chocolate Glitter cardstock and Brilliant Brown Glitter chipboard. Then I repaired the sad, broken drawer and glued the papers in place.

While waiting for the glue to dry, I searched through my stash of beads to find something to use in place of the original drawer pulls. The beaded pulls were glued in place using Glossy Accents.

Bead Pulls--Resized

All the edges were lightly distressed by running the edge of a scissor blade along the corners. These distressed edges were inked with Chestnut Roan fluid chalk ink by ColorBox.


I’m very pleased with the results, and now I have the sweetest ever little trinket box to grace my workspace.

Robin’s Nest papers used:
Belgian Chocolate Glitter cardstock
Brilliant Brown Glitter chipboard

Visit The Robin’s Nest blog, Chattering Robins, for more projects using this fabulous paper and their unique embellishments.


  1. Amy Day January 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Simply gorgeous! I love your ability to see something beautiful out of something "broken" or what others would consider "trash". I always love your work, but I think this may be one of my favorites!

  2. Rachel January 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    very wonderful project?

  3. Shirley Wheeler January 19, 2012 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Carole, this is an amazing transformation. What a wonderful job. The paper you used is so elegant and I love the pulls. They are the perfect fit for the project! Great Job! Thanks for sharing! :0)

  4. Kristi January 19, 2012 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Great Job Carole! Love this project a lot. Love these little finds! Now it is a great box for whaterver floats your boat.

  5. Joe Rotella January 19, 2012 at 6:28 am - Reply

    So cute!! Love it!

  6. lyneen January 28, 2012 at 11:39 am - Reply

    A whole new look… FANTASTIC!!!!

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