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Upcycle an Old Cutlery Box Into a New Jewelry Box

Vintage cutlery boxes are a frequent fixture at estate and yard sales — usually in pretty worn condition. With just a little elbow grease, you can refinish and re-line them for a massive upcycled jewelry box.

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Cover Liners

Use existing liners as a template to cut new fabric, leaving a 1/2 to 1 inch excess on all sides (Image 1). Place liner front-side-up on a dropcloth or newspaper-covered work surface; coat liner with an even layer of spray adhesive (Image 2). Lay new fabric face-down on a clean area of the work surface then center liner glue-side-down on fabric and press to secure (Image 3). Carefully spray just the edges of liner's back with adhesive (Image 4) then press edges of the fabric to secure. Cut off excess fabric with scissors to create a clean, mitred edge (Image 5).

Attach Hardware

Pop re-covered liners into box then reattach hardware (Image 1). If cutlery box had an existing brass plate, have it engraved with the jewelry box owner's initials then reattach (Image 2). Tip: Trophy suppliers and jewelry stores often offer engraving for a small fee. Note: Instead of covering another piece of cardboard to line the inside lid of the box, as I have here, have a piece of mirror cut at a local glass or hardware store (Image 3).

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