So, I sort of have a jewelry storage problem. It's not that I have too much jewelry - oh no no, of course not! It's simply that I don't have enough space to store my massive collection* ;-)
Tom had been offering to make me some sort of earring hanger for a long time, but I kept saying I was alright with what I was already using (an overflowing compartmentalized velvet-lined (a.k.a. total dust-magnet) tray). Really, it just wasn't working well for me. I had trouble finding whatever pair of earrings I was hunting for each morning, and many of them got buried (by other earrings or by dust? I can't really say.) that they became forgotten.
Luckily, this past Christmas, my darling husband went out on a limb and decided to whip together a pretty frame for displaying my biggest earrings, and I realized how very handy it was.
glazier's points to hold it on the back. Easy peasy.
|Close-up of the back so you can see how the glazier's points are pressed into the wood|
After the success of the earring holder, I was looking for a good way to hang some of my necklaces as well. In the old house, I had put a row of seventeen big nails in the wall to hang them from:
|Old necklace storage|
I didn't mind it, but Tom thought it looked sloppy, and asked me to please not make seventeen holes in the wall of our new house! I kept trying to think of a better way to hang necklaces that would be practical but also in my style. Eventually it hit me that I could combine my old nails-in-the-wall method with Tom's pretty frame idea. What is marriage about, if not compromise, huh?
Behold my new necklace frame!
|Ten holes now, not seventeen. Are you happy, honey? :-)|
This was incredibly easy to make. I searched thrift stores for awhile until I found a similar-looking wooden frame that was roughly the same size as the earring one. I gave it the same purple paint treatment, and hung it up empty on the wall. Then I just nailed nails right into the wall inside the space of the frame, and hung all my big necklaces from them.
And now both sides of my dresser match.
|Please ignore those ugly peach walls (with matching peach trim around the doors- really, who does that?!) - I'm dying to re-paint them, but other projects are taking precedence right now|
Thanks for reading about my little project. I hope it inspires someone who might be looking for a way to display or organize their jewelry.
*Don't worry, I'm not a compulsive shopper - most of these were gifts from my mom or husband, over many years!