I'm so excited to share this DIY with you. If you're like me, you need help all the help you can get with your hoarding* problem. Despite only wearing a few key pieces I end up keeping all my jewelry. I always think that I might wear it again...someday. However, the amount of things in boxes on my floor was causing me some anxiety...so as they say, if you can't build out, build up. So I decided to create a
jewelry box... jewelry organizer...jewelry box organizer.
This DIY not only allowed me to purge (most of) my unwanted jewelry but it allowed me to display and organize them in a civil fashion. And with the front bulletin board it created another space for
*I tend to hoard make-up,all my old text books, and science notes. I don't have a problem...right?
2 Wooden Cutlery Organizers (Wal-Mart/Bed,Bath, and Beyond)
Spray paint color of your choosing (Michael's)
Small Skinny Nails (Home Depot)
Hook Screws (Wal-Mart/Meijer/Target)
Mini Door Hinges (Home Depot)
Clasp (Home Depot/Michael's)
Fabric or cork board or chalk paint or magnetic paint (Ikea/Michael's)
Yes! Paste or Mod Podge (Michael's)
Frame hanging supplies
1: Wipe down your wooden cutlery organizers to make sure they're dust free.
Spray paint them in your desire color. Give it a even 2-3 coats. Wait till it's completely dry.
2: Decide where you want to "store" your rings. Hammer a nail into the wood.
3: Next, measure where you want your hook screws to go. And screw them into the place. Make sure the "hook" park it pointing up.
4: Place the two boxes together and determine where you want to attach the door handles. Measure the appropriate holes to screw in your door hinges.
*If you want your jewelry box to open all the way then make sure when you attach the door hinges that it can open all the way and vice versa. This allows you to always display your pretty jewels and/or have it close when it gets too out of control.
5: Attach the clasp on the other side.
6: This part you can take some liberties to do what you like. I give some ideas below on what you can do. Of course feel free to do nothing.
*You can attach a cork board first to the front side of the boxes and leave as is or you can wrap fabric over the cork board to add some color.
*You can always just paint the front with chalk or magnetic paint to create a chalk board or a magnetic board.
7: Decorate the front of the board how you like. Add pictures, cards, pretty jewelry, anything...make it your own.
8: Load it up with your jewels. Place rings on the nails, bracelets, watches and/or necklaces on the hook screws. You can even put sunglasses on the top portion if you have room.
9: Mount the box on your wall with frame mounting supplies. The particular cutlery organizers had a small indent (see picture 6) around it so I was able to just use that to hold up the jewelry box. However, if yours do not I recommend attaching a hanging hardware on the back. Also, if you want to keep your box open all the time attach additional hanging hardware and mount.
10: Admire your work and shamelessly take a picture of yourself with it.
*Wait till the spray paint is completely dry before handling. I got impatient and started working with the boxes after only a couple of hours. The paint started to come off but it give the whole box a vintage feel so I didn't bother re-painting it.
*If you have a electric drill, use it. It took forever screwing in the door handles and hook screws.
*Remind yourself that if you should take pictures of your DIY projects...paint your nails and brush your hair. But hey! I'm trying to become a doctor right now, grooming can (must) take a back seat.
Let me know if you try out this DIY and post a picture of it on my facebook. I would love to see your creations.
My MCAT is this Thursday so after that I'll be a real person again! Get excited!