After a hunt on a couple different occasions this week for the right earrings, I had finally had it and decided I needed to get organized. Why have a fun and diverse jewelry collection if all you end up wearing is the same pair of silver earrings because the rest of it is too hard to find?
This was the storage “solution” that I have been using for at least the last year and a half. The box my glasses came in and a little zipper bag I got for free when I rented a dress.
I’m well aware this is a sad life for my sparkle. After pinning around 439 ideas on Pinterest, I took action and headed to the hardware store for some inspiration. After wandering around for about 20 minutes, I came back with the following:
- 1 8″x36″ Shelf
- 2 pks large brass hooks (4 total)
- 2 pks medium brass hooks (10 total)
- 5 pks small brass hooks (30 total)
After confirming that the shelf would fit in the spot I had picked out in the closet, I laid out my materials and set to work.
I’ve never been much for measuring, well, anything. (Just read the guestimates in my recipes to see that’s a bad habit that carries over.) I figured this was one project that could quickly backfire if I didn’t measure twice, drill once. Don’t worry, it’s not that technical, I just let a necklace be my guide.
Use a pencil and mark a line to follow so that your jewelry doesn’t hang downhill. I space the earrings about 1″, the ring/bracelet hooks 2.5″-3″, and the necklaces about 1.5″.
Screw in your little hooks. I recommend giving yourself a little head start with a nail on your screw marks, and then use the leverage of a screwdriver to twist it in flush with the board.
If you were worried about the pencil lines, don’t fret! Just get a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Seriously, these things ARE magic. I’m convinced. They wipe the lines away like dry erase. (Note: Don’t try to use a dry erase to mark your lines, you’ll erase them before you get your hooks in. And then you’ll be annoyed… or so I hear.)
See? Pristine and clean.
As far as hanging up your new masterpiece, you could always put a picture frame hook on the back. I hadn’t thought this through, and it was 100 degrees outside, so I opted with screw it to the wall method. This didn’t require another walk outside, and I plan on having it up for a while.
Mark the midpoint on the board top and bottom and drill it out half way for a screw.
If you’re working alone and don’t have anyone to hold the board while you hang it, you may want to start the screws you’ll use as well. I did.
Hang it up for all the world to see! Or maybe in an inconspicuous place in the bathroom closet, like I did. Whatever suits you.
Accessorize your summer.