Saturday, January 26, 2013


I had a nice jewelry box, with all the drawers for earrings, bracelets, and rings.  It stored everything, but I couldn't see everything at once because it was hidden away in the drawers. So I would wear the same thing all the time.
I wanted something I could open and see it all. I know they make the ones that have the mirror on the front. 
I got one for my daughter and loved it. 
But I would never spend
 the 200.00 I spent on that for myself.
I knew I could make my own with a little wood and hooks.

Here is what I came up with.
I had this hall tree with the built in mirror and shelves.
See the white heart behind the light on the left.
That was my Valentines card from Ray one year.
He forgot to get me one and took the cover from the chocolates he got for his mother
 and wrote 
"Happy Valentines Day, I love you" on it.
It's a keeper!

 I figured I'd use it for my jewelry box stand.
Perfect fit in my dressing room in between the lights.

 Next I made a box with some salvage wood 
I purchased for 1.60 at Menards.
I didn't put a back on so that the mirror would be exposed.
That was the only cost for this project.
I had everything else!

 I had these shutters and painted them a green.  
I don't like the color,  I'll change that later.  
I was anxious to complete so just left it.

I sprayed the frame and screwed the shutter to it.
I know they should have been turned around to hide the hinges, but I didn't want the bars that open and close the shutters to be seen.  I just left them.

Added a couple shelves for support. 
And screwed in a bunch of hooks for my chains.
Rushed home to put on the hall tree.
And if you look you can see there is about 4 inches 
of the shelf exposed.
Using only 3 inch depth for the sides kept the door from opening all the way.
It hit the bar on the side.  
I was not happy.
I walked away for my project for about 2 hours.
I realized I needed to make it deeper.
Went back to my shop and found some wood I had already had, and made a new box.
That gave me room to put hooks on the side.
I would not have been able to sleep if 
I hadn't completed it that night.
It was fun arranging all my jewelry.

Here's a view closed. 
I have been wanting to paint my dressing room for some time. This has motivated me.  

I had a couple of chains I hung on the hooks 
and put all my dangle earrings on.
Behind the chains, is a T bar to hold some of my bracelets.
Below the chains, I had an old display 
that was used for the post earrings.
The black background is metal, so magnets will go there.
I have some precious things my children made me when they were younger.

Here's another T bar that's shorter on the top shelf.
Check out the surprised look on the Santa pin my youngest made me for Christmas one year.
 She threatened me if I threw it away. 
You should see some of the jewelry I found.
I was embarrassed!
I'll post it later.

My Troll beads on little dowel rods, with rubber stoppers I got from the plumbing section.
I need to finish off the edge of the wood.

The shelf on the bottom has a clear sewing case Ethel gave me for all my pendants. And the round glass votive,
 houses all the extra backs to my earrings.

And that my friends is my homemade jewelry box.
All I have left to do is the raw edges of the box, 
and a pretty knob.


  1. So fun to bump into both of you last weekend!!! Love your blog and wish I had half the skill you had! hugs - Karen

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