I love buying new pieces of jewelry -- who doesn't, right?. It's not usually fancy or expensive stuff. It's so easy to make an outfit feel new with a fun piece of jewelry. I love how a bold, colorful statement necklace or pair of earrings can make a plain dress a great outfit! My favorites are BaubleBar, Brass Plum at Nordstrom, Forever 21, Francesca's, Stella & Dot, J. Crew or pretty much anywhere. Problem is, that when it's finally time to get dressed up to go somewhere I can never find what I'm looking for. I thought the system below would be a great way to display and organize my favorite pieces...
...but, it didn't quite work out as I planned!
So, in my constant quest for organization I decided to find a solution that would work. I knew I wanted something where I could see what I have so that I might wear them more often. I shopped around a bit, and I love this Glass Coche Storage from Pottery Barn, and this Metal Jewelry Tree from West Elm, but neither of them quite fit the bill for what I wanted. So, I found an easy and pretty inexpensive alternative!
Here's What You'll Need:
- a frame (mine is 11x14) $9.99
- metal snips $11.52
- a sheet of perforated sheet metal $18.98
I bought the metal snips and sheet metal at Home Depot. The people working there were really nice about helping me find what I was looking for. The perforated sheet metal comes in various patterns and finishes, and I almost went with a golf finish, but I'm really glad I went with the satin nickel instead.
Now you'll want to check that the metal fits into the frame the way you want it too. I had to cut mine a bit more to make sure it fit. I tried a few different ways to secure it to the frame, since I hadn't thought ahead to purchase something when we were at Home Depot.
Like Goldilocks, it took me THREE tries to get it just right. First I tried some small nails (too difficult to nail them into the small space I had), then I gave Gorilla Glue a shot (not sticky enough), and finally hot glue did the job.
I laid the sheet metal into the frame, applied the hot glue over the sheet metal around the edges, making sure it would touch through to the wood of the frame too. Then I used soda cans to weight the metal down and ensure the glue dried while touching both (sheet metal and wood frame) surfaces.
I'm so glad the hot glue worked! It was all dry in an hour or two, so was able to put it to use!
Right now it's only home to some of my favorite earrings, but my plan is to find some kind of hooks to screw into the underside of the top portion of the frame so I can hang a few necklaces from the top too. I also decided to finally use the lovely Waterford crystal bowl we got as a wedding gift (I'm always "saving" these things for special occasions -- but really, I need to just use them!) to display some bracelets -- maybe I'll wear them more now too!