Industrial Office Supply Organizer

Industrial Office Supply Organizer From an Old Jewelry Box | Bless'er House

This is the story of the little jewelry box that could.

She was a happy little jewelry box. For she had cheerful flower knobs, tiny dancing bugs, and every color of the rainbow that you could ever want.

And it needed to die.

Industrial Office Supply Organizer From an Old Jewelry Box | Bless'er House

Woah, that was harsh. But if you’ve read “The Little Engine That Could” to your 2 year-old for almost the millionth time, you totally understand that, right?

Okay, okay. The jewelry box was cute. But considering it had been collecting dust at my parents’ house where I’d left it since my pre-teen years, I really put it out of its misery.

Plus, our office supply situation was a teensy bit out of control, so there was that.

Supplies Used: (Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure.)

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Coco
  • Annie Sloan Soft Dark Wax
  • Pliers
  • Chip brush (I go through these things like crazy around our house.)
  • Clean lint-free rag
  • Label drawer pulls
  • Ivory cardstock for labels

I popped the flower knobs off of the drawer fronts with the pliers and gave the entire thing a quick coat of Annie Sloan Coco.

Industrial Office Supply Organizer From an Old Jewelry Box | Bless'er House

After the paint was dry, I swiped on a coat of Annie Sloan Dark Wax to resemble weathered wood.

Are you having deja vu right now? I liked our industrial laundry hamper so much that I felt like spreading the love to this piece too.

Industrial Office Supply Organizer From an Old Jewelry Box | Bless'er House

I hot glued on a few extra label pulls I had leftover from our master bathroom cabinet makeover…mainly because I’d run out of screws. Oops.

Industrial Office Supply Organizer From an Old Jewelry Box | Bless'er House

It fits right in our military-inspired office…which actually is nowhere close to being finished. It’s on that long to-do list of ours. Ya know, right after the foyer and guest bathroom and kitchen and half of the rooms in our house.

Industrial Office Supply Organizer From an Old Jewelry Box | Bless'er House

Usually, I have craft supplies and project remnants strewn all across the floor of this room. Creativity is messy business. But many mornings, Robert sneaks in here to spend a little time doing his Bible study and devotional.

Industrial Office Supply Organizer From an Old Jewelry Box | Bless'er House

Seeing his devotional journal on the desk with his notes and thoughts always reminds me all over again why I love this man so much.

Industrial Office Supply Organizer From an Old Jewelry Box | Bless'er House

And, currently, as I write this post, he’s sitting beside me on the couch doing Marcel the Shell impersonations on his Dubsmash app. Behind every great man is a woman shaking her head and quietly smiling, right? The guy’s one-of-a-kind for sure.

Are you liking my little jewelry box transformation? Do you like the more grown-up look? Or maybe the rainbow flower look is more your speed? My former 13 year-old self would probably be really mad at me for destroying it.

I’ll be sharing a bit more progress in our foyer makeover next week, and I’m so excited to start seeing it come together! I know you’ll love it as much as I do.



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  1. Wow I have passed several of these up at my local thrift store! If you were to see my desk you would so understand why I am not excited about finding one! Thank you for sharing it looks amazing ?

  2. Love this transformation!!! I haven’t worked with chalk paint or wax so do you have to seal the entrie thing with a polyurethane? Or is that what the wax is for?
    Again I don’t know how you can envision something and make it great.

    1. Thanks, Iris! Wax is actually a paint sealer itself. So just paint with the chalk paint, let dry, and wax. Done. 🙂

    1. YAY! Thanks so much, Laura! You’re always so generous to give me so much love on your blog. 🙂 Hope you have a great day, friend!

  3. My daughter just inherited one of these (almost exactly the same!) from a friend and I HATE it! But … I love your transformation. I might have to steal it someday.

    1. Yay! Steal away! I hated mine too and had it in the donate pile, but my mom rescued it thinking we could do something with it one day. So glad she did!

    1. Oh, I should have mentioned that! I’ll go back and add it in. I just typed up the labels in Word using the font “Special Elite” on regular printer paper and cut them out to slide into the label pulls.

  4. This is so great! We bought the same exact jewelry box from a yard sale for my daughter. I updated it will paint and scrapbook paper to fit the style of her room. Although, I’m loving your version so much that I just might have to snatch it from her and give it another update!

    1. Haha! Aw I bet she loves the way you did it though. Maybe when she gets older and doesn’t care for it anymore, you can snatch it from her. 😉

  5. This is such a great idea! I have the same jewelry box sitting in my basement waiting to be donated. My daughter no longer wants it now that she’s in high school! I’m getting it out of that donate box and turning it into something beautiful. Thanks for sharing such a great project! Pinned!

    1. Thanks, Lori! I was actually ready to donate mine too and my mom convinced me to hang onto it. I’m so glad she did! It’s amazing what paint can do. Thanks for the pin!

    1. Thanks, April! I love me some Annie Sloan. Fusion Mineral Paint is really great too. I just recently found that one. Both of them have really good coverage. I usually only need 1 coat.

  6. Just like my little girl, the jewelry box is now all grown up! Kinda makes me sad. I am so glad I saved that thing from the trash when you abandoned it before you went off to college! You just never know, do you.

  7. I love this! I’m sure I’ve seen unfinished wood drawers similar to this at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. What a great add to an office for easy organization!

  8. You’ve knocked it out of the park again with your creativity and transformation piece! This looks fantastic and you would never know all of the bright color was underneath! Great makeover! Although…you know that we secretly love the 2 Bees on the earring drawer LOL!

  9. This is EXACTLY what I needed. I keep pinning ideas for office storage (I believe Danelion Patina updated a card catalog that I was thinking would be great for office supplies- but where am I going to find a card catalog?) This is PERFECT… jewelry box! Those, I can probably find. Thank you SO much for the inspiration. I’m now super excited to go jewelry box hunting!

    1. I know exactly what you mean! I would LOVE to have a card catalog but dang those things are not cheap. And they’re really hard to find. I slap card catalog pulls on anything and everything. It helps a lot that they’re only like 75 cents per pull.

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