Friday, March 29, 2013

The Cutest Find

I found the most darling jewelry box at the Thrift Store.  I almost put it back because it was $5.97 and I thought that was too much considering the state it was in. It had nail polish on it and the store had put packing tape all around it so I couldn't see what it was like on the inside. Things that are closed apparently intrigue me because I bought it.

That's not where nail polish goes, kid!

They scribbled on the back too but the sides are okay.


What an awesome surprise the insides were!  I didn't even realize that the top could open as well. I've never seen a box with rounded cubby holes like this. The sides can fold all the way back so they are flush to the box.

I got out my body type models to test the scale!

Fashionista Claudia can reach the top section, no problem.

Monster Rae can just see the top of her head but cant reach inside.

Uh, don't do that, Bratz Carmen. Please get down.

I think it's workable with any size.  I'll just keep the top closed for small dolls and open it for bigger ones.  Maybe all the Barbie pink is rubbing off on me because I quite like the color of this.  My painting skills are horrendous, but I was able to refinish it without removing the original design.

Lookit! It even goes well with the Barbie sofa. Sweet!

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  1. Too cute! Love all the storage space. You did a great job bringing it back to life.

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    1. Hey, Adrian. ^_^ I know! I was not expecting all that space inside.

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  2. Oooh! Great job restoring it! That is a super cute find... I've never seen rounded drawers like that either on one of these types of pieces. Very cool!

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    1. Hi, Heather! I've probably had or have seen dozens of jewelry boxes in my lifetime, but rounded drawers is a first for me.

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  3. Very cute! As for me it's worth it's price.You've cleaned it up very nice, never would guess it was so stained!

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    1. Jewel Snake, once I got it open I do think it was worth the price, even with its bumps and brusies.

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  4. Thats a cute box. great restore job.

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  5. Great find! It looks cute and useful, and of all the sizes I perfer the first one, so she can see her reflection in the mirror.

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    1. LOL, Rossetti. For some dollies being able to see themselves in the mirror would be a requirement.

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  6. How adorable! It almost looks like a retail display space with all the sections open!

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    1. Presto, that's a very good idea to use it as a retail display! I'll have to keep that in mind!

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  7. Very nice Muff! I love the inside. Great job on the clean up!

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    1. Hi, Georgia Girl and thanks! ^_^

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  8. Great find Muff! You did an awesome job on the clean up.

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  9. That's a cute find with lots of space but I'm a little disappointed. Until you opened it up, it looked like a jewelry box I bought from a $2 shop here but mine opens like a wardrobe and has a chandelier-like jewelry hanger right in the middle of where the clothes should hang. I was hoping yours did too and then I could find out how you removed it. Maybe I should just post pictures of mine and ask for suggestions on how to solve the problem. Yours looks great now the nail polish is gone and will store heaps of stuff.

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    1. Carrickters, I do have a jewelry box like the one you are describing! I have a tiny eyeglass screw driver and I used it to remove the screws holding the chandelier in place. Even if it had been glued on I would have just yanked it off because its connection point is in a place that isn't really visible.

      After I took the chandelier off I then cute a wooden skewer to size and tapped it into place so it was a very snug fit. I made a few clothes hangers from jumbo paper clips and now it has clothes on the inside. You can see the jewelry box I'm talking about in this post. It came out pretty well and is more useful for doll stuff.

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  10. The jewelry box is cute! I probably would have thought twice about the $5.97 price. I'm glad you brought it home with you and were able to remove the previous owner's exterior damage.

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    1. Thanks, DBG! Something told me it might be worth the price. Besides, the cuteness was calling me!

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  11. When I was a little child I was a professional drawers climber like Bratz Carmen

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    1. LOL, Sergio. Being a professional drawer climber is serious business!

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  12. Hello from Spain: a great find. I also use a jeweler like yours as closet to the house of my Barbies. Your closet is perfect .. Keep in touch

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    1. Hi, Marta! This is only my second jewelry box as a closet so I hope to find several more.

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  13. The jewelry box is very fine :)
    I wish you Happy Eastern !!!!!
    Greetings from Poland ;)

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    1. Greetings from Florida, Marille and thanks! I hope you had a Happy Easter as well.

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  14. You do have a propensity towards closed items. (Mystery boxes from the thrift store still perplexes me). It is rather cute, but I'm surprised you bought something that needed restoring at that price. So unlike you. I've never seen one like that either. The rounded doors really make it worth the price.

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    1. Vanessa, I enjoy a good mystery so maybe that's why I cant resist a closed box.

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  15. That's a delightful chest of drawers. Worth the price you paid - on the charm factor alone. Thanks for sharing it here.

    Bratz Carmen is cute. One of my younger sisters pulled an empty china cabinet - that I was using as a dollhouse - down on herself. Sigh, not a wise thing to do. She didn't get seriously hurt fortunately. So I understand how you mean it's a dangerous activity.

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    1. Hiya, Dana! Man, I used to love to climb things when I was a kid. We lived out in the woods so that ususally meant a tree instead of cabinets and drawers, lol. I fell out of plenty of trees, but nothing made from one.

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  16. Wow Muff you really worked that thing out! I love the finished look and how you didn't have to take off the nail polish. Great job!

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    1. Hi, Tinisha! I did take the nail polish off with acetone and then painted the bare spots with craft paint. It was all bumpy but my mom told me some fine sandpaper would smooth it down without removing all the paint and she was right.

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  17. One of your best finds so far, Muff! I'd totally buy this if it was at my thrift store. As a jewelry box it's already and awesome item but it's also a perfect doll closet! What a great design :D
    I hope that didn't sound too much like a cheap commercial line xD

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    1. Hiya, Tali and thanks. Closet or a display, that's how I'm leaning.

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    1. Hey there, Temporary Mouse! It certainly is.

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  19. hey i loove yourr blog! it's so cute'^^
    I folowing you!!! and pleease visit my blog http://barbiegyn.blogspot.com.br/
    xoxo
    BabyBoo

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  20. Hmm, love the idea of a monster Clawdeen on a fashionista body... Do you mind if I steal it?
    Great find, my thrif stores never have anything cool, really.

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    1. Hi, Violet! Please feel free to steal away!

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