Yay! I’m back!!! I missed y’all, seriously. It was so much fun handing the blog over to Heather, Erica, Karen, and Erin last week while I took a little break, but it feels good being back in the DIY saddle all refreshed and ready to fill you in on some behind-the-scenes action.
If you were a lucky lady who got some jewelry for Valentine’s this weekend (or, hey, bought yourself some bling because self love is just as important), then I’m hoping you’ll love my latest bathroom makeover project.
For years, I’ve kept all of my jewelry crammed into a jewelry box on my dresser where it all somehow gets tangled and lost, and it’s constantly a heaping mess. I was determined to get it organized and beautiful and for as cheaply as possible (’cause that’s always how I roll).
This was my jewelry organizer’s humble beginnings:
Stylish, no? Ahoy, matey! It could actually be cute in the right room, but nautical seems out of place in my house.
I bought that sailboat picture at Goodwill for $2 because I liked the frame. And the wood piece was just a scrap leftover from our bathroom window makeover.
After ripping out the picture and removing the glass from the frame, I used my tried and true frame distressing technique. I didn’t have any Vaseline this time around, but since we’re in the depths of cold season, a little chest rub did the job. Always look for the bright side, right?
This weathered, chippy finish was the end result. And I LOVE it! The silvery finish peeking through the Krylon Dover White spray paint is absolutely perfect.
I still had a roll of chicken wire leftover from our hallway lights, so I measured the frame and cut out a piece with the dimensions I needed. Let me tell ya, working with chicken wire is tricky business, but y’all, heavy iron skillets are good for more than just cooking cornbread. 😉
This stuff rolls right up without a heavy weight on it. (My skillet may or may not have had remnants of cornbread still in it from dinner. Don’t judge me.)
I used my manual staple gun to secure the wire around the frame.
I made sure to pull the wire as tight as possible and secured it with a staple every two inches or so.
Do you love it as much as I do? I’m hooked on this stain! And it’s way less messy than the can stuff.
Since everything else in my project was free from using leftovers in my craft stash, I decided to splurge a little with these really cool industrial knobs I found at World Market.
I measured and marked where I wanted to place the knobs next.
Then drilled the holes.
(By the way, don’t drill into your table like it looks like I’m doing in this shot. I cheated and posed this one since it’s pretty challenging to juggle a drill and a big digital camera at the same time. But you get the idea.)
Once I screwed in the knobs, that was it!
The whole project probably took all of 45 minutes and cost me about $17. I guess it pays to be a craft supply pack rat, right?
So now I don’t have any jewelry crammed into a box and forgotten.
And it sort of serves as wall decor on my side of our bathroom counter.
This thing could have been cheaper with some basic 50 cent hooks, but I think those cool knobs were well worth it.
The silvery finish peeking through the white of the frame and the knobs work perfectly with our bathroom mirrors too.
Would you even believe I’d forgotten all about that pretty jade necklace that was shoved into the back of my jewelry box before? Finding accessories in a hurry is going to be so much easier now than pawing through a tangled mess of it.
If you want to try this one for yourself, you can find old picture frames at your local thrift store for $2-$5 each and a 1×2 pine or oak board and a roll of chicken wire at your local hardware store for around $10-$12. Or, if you prefer, you can buy it online here: (Click the images below)
I’ll be revealing more of our bathroom makeover for the next week, and if you haven’t been keeping up already, I’ve been showing off sneak peeks of it on Instagram.
If you enjoyed this project, be sure to check out these too: (Click the images to find the posts)