Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dartboard Jewelry Cabinet Tutorial

 My final entry for the So You Think You're Crafty competition was this Dartboard Jewelry Cabinet.  The theme for the finale was purple, which I wasn't too excited about when I first heard about it.  But, I managed to add some light purple accents onto my jewelry cabinet. 

 Unfortunately, I didn't win the competition, but second place isn't too shabby!

I started with an older dartboard in a wooden cabinet that my cousin picked up at a garage sale for $5.

After a good cleaning, I removed the dartboard from the inside and took all of the hardware off.  I gave everything a couple coats of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old White.

I picked out a geometric design stencil at Hobby Lobby (with a coupon, of course).

I mixed up some purple and white acrylic craft paint until I got the shade I wanted and began dabbing away with a sponge brush.

Here she is after the stenciling was complete on the doors.

Then, I roughed the whole thing up with a palm sander.  I distressed it pretty heavily, which toned the purple down a lot.

I covered the whole thing in a clear paste wax and then began re-assembling the cabinet.  I spray painted the brass hardware with brushed nickel paint and added some crystal knobs on the front from Hobby Lobby.

I covered the back of the inside of the cabinet with some wrapping paper and then added some screw hooks for hanging necklaces and bracelets.

On the insides of the doors, I painted some small picture frames the same color of purple as my stenciling and added some perforated sheet metal from Lowe's to hang earrings.

I also used heavy duty glue to attach a small oval frame to the inside of the door.  I used a purple Sharpie to add the phrase "The prettiest thing you can wear is a smile."  The jewelry cabinet is now hanging in my daughters' closet, so it was important to me to add a positive message that they would see when they looked in the mirror.