For the longest time the art of accessorizing has alluded me. I always like the look on other people, but couldn't figure out how to do it on me. Slowly I've figured out what I like and in the process I've amassed a large (for me) collection of jewelry. But in that process I have not figured out a way to organize or store it all! For a while my dresser has looked like this . . .
and that's just scratching the surface of what resides in various boxes here and there.
Using inspiration from online I decided to make a wall organizer for some of my necklaces. I bought the basic materials months ago, and last week I decided to finally make it happen.
Nothing fancy, but it works.
Here's how I did it. And believe me, there is really nothing fancy going on here with the assembly. Duct tape was involved. Lots of it.
I couldn't find hooks in silver, so I was stuck with brass. I used some spray primer and metallic paint that I already had in the garage to pretty them up. (I only used the primer because the metallic paint was running super low and I wasn't sure how much coverage I was going to get out of it.)
I envisioned using a piece of plywood or MDF as the backing for this project. But I had neither. What I did have was a foam core poster-board. So with my trusty xacto knife I cut it down to 12x16. This was after using the poster-board as my painting surface.
Then I laid it down on a piece of burlap, snipped the corners, and proceeded to affix the burlap with duct tape.
The burlap-covered foam board fit perfectly inside the picture frame. But there was no way I was getting the frame backing to pop back in. Enter more duct tape.
And thanks to my beautiful prop assistant. As you can see, the foam board is help in entirely by duct tape. I considered gluing it in there, but I didn't want it to be so permanent.
Next comes hook placement,
Now that I see it on the wall, with necklaces, I wish that I had put my top row up a little higher. There's just a smidge too much white space. But I can deal with it.
I knew the hooks would screw easily into the foam board, but I wasn't sure if they would hold over time with the weight of the jewelry. Only time will tell. To give me some insurance I added a few drops of E-6000 glue (the best, strongest, all-purpose glue ever) around the screw before installing it.
Everything is lining up well . . .
And now it's time to hang it on the wall! But wait, the thickness of the foam board wouldn't allow me to get the frame backing (with hardware) to pop back into place. How will we hang it on the wall? Don't worry, I have a little secret.
BEHOLD!! . . . 3M Velcro picture hanging strips!
They are awesome.
And now I have a pretty jewelry organizer hanging in my bathroom!
I really like it. And I especially like that I have enough necklaces to display that coordinate with my bathroom color scheme. Coincidence? :) Silver and aqua/turquoise are my favorite colors for accessorizing.