Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Place for Everything, even Jewlery!

With small space comes need for smart storage! I have been struggling for a while trying to find a place to store my jewelry and my girls jewelry, especially now that my oldest got her ears pierced. So when I saw different kinds of jewelry hangers on Pintrest, I new what I could do to add storage and decor all in one!

(I thought I took some pictures of some of the process, but I have been unable to locate them. Sorry!)

I went to Goodwill and found some frames for super cheap. I searched for paint that would match their bedding and ours (which was probably the hardest part), and finally painted the frames. After doing a few coats and letting them dry, I put a few coats of polycrylic to protect the paint. I searched through my material and found a nice white with sequins that was really pretty. The girls loved it. My material though I had to go and buy. It took a while to find something that would look good with the color of paint I picked and with our bedding. After I had all the material I needed, I cut out extra cardboard to go along with the card board that came with the frames. I got out my staple gun and attached the material all around the back, making sure to pull tight enough to get the front flat. FYI: If you use a see through material like white, you will need to add some scrap material behind it, so you don't see the cardboard underneath.
Note: If you have some thin wood, or a stronger kind of cardboard it would work better than just cardboard. I just didn't have any nor did I want to go buy any, so I made do with the cardboard!

After I got the cardboard all covered, I returned the finished product to the frame, where it stayed for quite a while until I was able to finally find the hooks I was looking for. I wanted a large quantity and it needed to be, well, anything but brass! I knew Walmart carried them, it just took looking at a couple different ones before I found them!
This last part, I made the mistake of trying to add the hooks while the fabric covered cardboard was still in the frame...it didn't work so well. Luckily, I figured that out after 2 hooks and removed it from the frame and used my material cutting ruler to make sure the rows were straight. I placed the hooks every 2 inches, starting at either 1 or 2 inches from the sides. Depending on your frame size and what you are trying to hang (i.e. long necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, etc) will depend on whether you have a second row and where you place it! Then I just hung them on the wall and put all the jewelry on them. I had NO idea that I actually had as much as I did. It makes a huge difference to be able to see them. I might actually start wearing more jewelry! Yay!
I didn't use to be too big on jewelry, mostly because I've never had the money for it. Also, I have extremely sensitive ears, so there are only certain kinds of earrings I can wear (which also cost a lot of money). I think the biggest reason though, is that it was always the last thing to put on and by the time I got to it, I couldn't find anything and I would run out of time! This hanger can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good: I will wear it more often. Bad: I will want more! ;-)

Both have plenty of room to grow!
This turquoise hanger belongs to my oldest daughter. For storing her earrings, I simply used the earring holder that they came on from the store (for the second to the top one), and to make the other match , I glued black paper to the existing front, punched the earring holes through with a needle and hole punched the top and hung them on the hook. Then I made one more from scratch (for future use), using the existing ones as a template. Now maybe she will stop losing her earrings!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Looks great! This has actually been on my mind this week. I like your version. I've been trying to think of ways to store Evelyn's earrings on the frame with everything else. I like how you did it. Very simple.