From the Archives: DIY Jewelry Frames

Before Annimal Instinct, I blogged at a different location that I’ve phased out for a variety of reasons. I have decided to share some of my most popular posts from that old blog here before shutting it down for good. The following post was originally written in June 2010. This project marked a milestone for me — I used the electric drill by myself! At the time, this seemed like quite a triumph, as power tools intimidated me. Since then, I’ve seen so many awesome women (and men) doing incredible DIY projects with all manner of “scary” tools and that continues to inspire me to learn new techniques. This post made the rounds quickly, and soon I saw many other bloggers creating similar projects and now the idea of framed jewelry storage is ubiquitous. It’s interesting to see which retailer items can inspire the masses to create their own. Some projects are just born DIYs! I still look through Pottery Barn catalogs, making special note of items that are “to buy” and others that are “to DIY”. Without further ado, please enjoy “DIY Jewelry Frames”.

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A few months ago, I spotted some adorable jewelry “frames” on Pottery Barn’s website and determined to make my own DIY version. With a few coats of white paint and a $0.99 package of cup hooks, I transformed an old picture frame into my own version. It’s true: my jewelry frame doesn’t look just like Pottery Barn’s. The frame (originally bought at Hobby Lobby and used for my wedding) is more substantial and I am not a big fan of antique finishes, so this is pure semi-gloss perfection. I added more hooks (for more storage, duh!), and even considered adding a wire across the bottom for hanging earrings. But, at an investment of less than 1 dollar compared to the $49 large version on, it’s hard to complain with the results. I’m not going to even bother posting a tutorial because this is such a basic project. If you have questions, please ask. I’m happy to help!

I have actually had this project finished and on the wall for several weeks now. It blends in great with our bedroom. We have a small space and I used the same white semi-gloss paint that we used on the trim and on my dresser, so everything is very cohesive. The one surprise that came out of this project? I have a LOT fewer necklaces than I thought! Time for another DIY?


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