I had a bit of a melt down on Sunday as I was getting ready for church. Not an all out crying fit but there was a lot of exasperated sounds, knuckle biting and mild cursing going on inside of my head. Why? Because I was looking for the other half of a particular pair of earrings.
And this… THIS… is my “jewelry box.”
Yes, just take a moment to take it all in.
Since I usually just wear the same silver hoops (that are kept in a separate place, by the way) this usually is not a problem. But I was finally wanting to branch out and I was my own worst enemy. What grown woman keeps her jewelry like that? Granted, aside from my wedding ring, I don’t own a single piece of jewelry over $16 but still.
So I decided that THIS was the week I would make myself some kind of a jewelry organizer for my closet. I had seen these fun decorative metal sheets at Hobby Lobby that I thought would do the trick. I thought I was pretty clever too. So imagine my dismay when I got to Hobby Lobby and on the packaging for it was the very “jewelry organizer idea” I had been thinking of! What the heck?? So did I really make this up? Or had I seen that idea on the packaging and then it bounced around in my head long enough that I started to think it was an original idea? Who knows, but I was ticked. I was also desperate enough after my Sunday incident (I never did find the other earring, by the way, and reverted to my normal silver hoops. ::sigh::) that I just decided to make “my idea” anyway. I do think mine turned out pretty awesome so I’m glad I persevered. :)
If you’d like to make one here is what you’ll need:
- Decorative metal sheets (from Hobby Lobby)
- a picture frame (I happened to find a 12×24 frame at HL too but these metal sheets can easily be cut to any size)
- decorative knobs or hooks
- primer & paint
- glazier points
I had big plans of just using some left over turquoise spray paint I have but I needed some primer so I headed over to Lowe’s to pick some up. I was literally stopped in my tracks when I saw this little jar of Pantone’s Emerald paint. Isn’t it unbelievably gorgeous? I think this is Pantone’s “Color of the Year” and I must say they are spot on. So I bought it right then and there and now want to paint everything in my house with it. Or at the very least drink it.
STEP ONE: Prime & paint your picture frame, if you want. I totally wanted. Delish.
STEP TWO: Cut metal sheet to size (if necessary). Turn frame over and fit metal sheet inside frame. Using the glazier points, secure metal sheet in place around edges. Using a flat head screwdriver and hammer as pictured below, tap the glazier points into place securely. It’s best if you put the frame up against a wall so it doesn’t go anywhere when you are hammering. I used about 5 points on the long sides and 3 on the short.
STEP THREE: Using a drill, drill desired number of holes along one of the long sides of the frame. I decided on 5. Tip: start with a small drill bit to keep the wood from splitting. I then used the exact size drill bit size that I needed so I could then just twist my decorative knobs into place without needing to secure them on the back with a nut. <--- oh wait, that last part is actually STEP FOUR. :)
And there you go!
A jewelry organizer that is as pretty as a piece of jewelry itself! I am thinking this might make a pretty terrific Christmas present for someone too, don’t you think?
Here it is in full use here in my super ug closet (that I’m hoping to completely re-do sometime here in the near future)!
I gotta say that I absolutely love it and it’s making me want to actually wear jewelry more! Maybe my problem before was that I just couldn’t even see what my options were?
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic week!