Creations, MacKenzie-Childs Inspired Jewelry Chest & Platter

Welcome to the monthly Creative Craft Hop

hosted by Andrea from Design Morsels

If you’re coming from Birdz of a Feather,

I know you were awed with her beautiful crocheted pillow cover

and her pattern sales will go 100% to support Alzheimer’s search for a cure

This month I decided to paint a chest of drawers

I’ve had in my stash for quite a while

One of the upsides of the past year for me, is using what I have

and creating, without shopping…

I have a passion for all things MacKenzie-Childs

and decided to paint this chest with patterns inspired by MKC

I used markers to draw designs in a sketchbook

for reference while I painted

The drawers were easy to take out

and the hardware was held in place by bendable claps

so I was able to take that off easily also

I painted the chest white and when that was dry

I began adding black and white checks,

using a flat square brush making rows of alternating checks

To make the checks perfect you could use painter’s tape

and section everything off,

but I’m not much for perfect…

And when it’s all done, you don’t notice any minor imperfections

Nothing complicated on the drawer fronts,

just bright colors and shapes

Red poppies were painted on the top in an abstract fashion,

with dabs of red and pink

Stems and centers were painted when petals were dry

I often paint several things at once,

to use up any leftover paint on my palette

and I grabbed a badly tarnished silver tray and painted it too

New life for an old treasure!

Juicy Details

unfinished wood chest/Hobby Lobby

MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check flowers/here

Painted vanity pedestal jar and tissue box holder/tutorial here

I hope you’ll visit all my talented crafty friends on the links below!

Birdz of a Feather

The Painted Apron

Chas Crazy Creations

My Hubbard Home

My Thrift Store Addiction 

Debbees Buzz

Decorate and More with Tip

Bluesky at Home

Purple Hues and Me

Home is Where the Boat Is

Celebrate And Decorate


Design Morsels

My Family Thyme

Zucchini Sisters

Thanks so much for joining our crafty fun today!

Next stop is Chas Crazy Creations,

she shares a great tutorial for a Cloud lamp!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Friday with Friends

42 Responses to “Creations, MacKenzie-Childs Inspired Jewelry Chest & Platter”
  1. Mary says:

    Such a cheery makeover for your chest courtesy of your paintbrush Jenna! Love the whimsy and fun combination of dots, stripes and blooms. So smart to do two projects at the same time to use the paint on your palette! Happy Thursday ♥

    • Thank you Mary, an old habit from my glass painting business, plus you don’t have to sit around waiting for the paint to dry between steps when you’re working on several things at once 🙂

  2. Rita C. says:

    Great looks, Jenna!

  3. I don’t know why but when I saw the first photo of the chest(unfinished) for some reason I thought it was about night-stand height! And I thought, “That’s ambitious!” But the smaller size is perfect to go about anywhere and it’s so darned cheerful and cute! I love the checks and how you do them! Lots less stressful!

  4. Cecilia says:

    What a fun idea, Jenna, and such a lovely representation of the colorful MC patterens! It is a pleasure to join you for another craft hop. Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  5. Gail Griffin says:

    You always create the most adorable pieces using MC inspired designs, Jenna! As I’ve said before, you could easily be one of MC’s artists! Both pieces are quite creative and unique!

  6. Rosie M. says:

    Love this post, Jenna. I thought you were starting with a bedside chest as well and thought the process would take much longer! So much fun to “watch” you create. I love how all the colors and patterns just pop! Perfect for all your “pretties”! Thanks for once again sharing your talent with us.

  7. I just adore the jewelry chest!

  8. Jenna, what a darling little jewelry chest! I love its MKC look that your artist’s brush created. The platter is so versatile and I know you will enjoy pairing with MKC Courtly Check. Happy Sunny Thursday!

  9. Chloe Crabtree says:

    Jenna, This is so darn cute! You put a paintbrush and your creativity to something and WOW! What great outcomes! Now, I have to admit, I see some pink hidden Mickey Mouses in there, but they may be just because I live in the shadow of Walt Disney World here! The poppies and the Courtly Check are perfect and the tray turned out great too!

  10. mhhwarmcozy says:

    Jenna, seriously, girlfriend, I never even thought about painting silver!!!!
    Your reproduction of a Mackenzie Childs drawer and the steps needed to make it are something that many of us will want to try our hand at!

  11. Oh my josh Jenna, your detailing looks amazing. Love the little drawer case.

  12. Liberty says:

    At first I thought– how could anyone duplicate that?! But then with your marker patterns sketched out first, I can see how someone could easily do that, too, and then put it all together like you did! Great job!

  13. designmorsels says:

    This turned out so cute! Where did you find the jewelry cabinet you used? You are so talented with paint. I think you could sell these for a pretty penny. Thanks for participating in the hop.

    • Thanks so much Andrea, I got the cabinet at Hobby Lobby, they have a big selection of unfinished wood pieces. I actually did sell painted glassware and decorative pieces to gift shops for about 15 years, now I am “retired” and just do it for fun

  14. Chas Greener says:

    What a fun jewelry chest, and I love how colorful it is. I’m sure it could be used for so many different things. Thanks for sharing

  15. Anonymous says:

    Jenna, so darn cute!! You make painting and drawing look so easy. Darling designs.You’ve given me an idea for some small drawers that I bought several years ago ~ if I can find them in the garage! Thanks, friend.

  16. lghiggins says:

    I fear my daughter and granddaughters would accuse me of hiding under a rock for not knowing of the MacKenzie-Childs style. It is so cute. I also have to admit that from the first pictures I thought you were painting something the size of a bedside table. I liked it even better when I saw the actual size. Question about the platter. Can it handle food and washing or is it strictly decorative?

    • I have been an avid fan of MacKenzie-Childs for years, but their pieces are pricey so I often create my own with a paint brush. The platter is mostly decorative, but you could use it for cookies with a doily. It could be sprayed with a clear sealer to protect the painted finish to make it more durable.

  17. Rebecca says:

    Jenna, you’ll never need to buy MC pieces when you can create your own that look so authentic! I love the happy colors in your jewelry chest and platter. It must make you smile every time you get ready in your bathroom! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing the process how you draw the designs first in your sketchbook. It’s very inspiring! It’s always fun to hop with you 🙂 Pinned!

  18. Jenna, you are so talented! I love how bright and cheery these pieces are and I appreciate how you took us through your creative process. These bright colors look like spring!

  19. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  20. This is so dang cute!! Thank you for sharing on omhgww!!!
    See you this week!

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