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DIY Jewelry Storage

9 Aug

I am alive I swear! I have no idea where the time has gone, but I’ve been keeping busy apparently! Anyway, I swear I’ll get better :), so here goes!

I love jewelry. In fact, I vowed to myself that I would buy more jewelry (costume jewelry of course). But since I am increasing my stock, I need more storage. Here’s what I currently have that I love:

Dessert tray turned jewelry holder

I got this bad boy for like $15 a couple of years ago from one of my favorite antique malls. Of course, when I was looking for them it took me weeks to find. Now they are on every regular store shelf. What can I say? I’m a trend setter. 😉 I wasn’t totally sure what kind of storage I wanted, so I had to go get some inspiration. Here are another couple of great ideas that I got some ideas from Pinterest… of course.

  1. Clipboard necklace display- by Dishfunctial Design
  2. Drawer pull storage- by Liz Marie
  3. Lantern-
  4. Driftwood tree holder-
  5. Hanging driftwood- by
  6. Paper towel holder turned jewelry rack- User upload/unknown
  7. Variety of picture frames- by

I was trying to make my holder on a budget (or nothing), so I looked around and found an old frame that I had bought a couple of years ago from I think I got 15 vintage frames, some very large, for $50. Many of them are currently displayed here in my house. So I took one that was a good size, hit it with some peacock-blue spray paint I had lying around (after a couple of layers of spray primer of course). Then I got to thinking about how I was going to attach the jewelry. I’d seen some with screen, some with fabric, some with wire. While I actually have all these things, I decided I wanted a little texture so I got out my handy twine that I used here and here as well.

Since this frame had the original nails still in the back, I just decided to use those. I got out the hot glue gun, put a little bead of glue and wrapped the twine around the nail. Now the hard part….. how to make “rows” or spots for stuff to be hung. This wasn’t the easiest thing ever, but it worked out fine. The wood was so old I couldn’t hammer more nails into the frame, so I just glued straight to the back where necessary.

I decided to keep the lines of twine in more of a random pattern. I just think it makes it look kind of fun. I’m not 100% sold on it or the color as I’m having second thoughts about my new color palate in the bedroom, but for now it works.




DIY Can Pen Holder

11 Apr

So every good craft room needs storage… but it’s not just storage that’s needed, it’s pretty storage that I needed. And I wanted to add a little color as well. So what’s a girl to do? Use old cans of course!

Here’s what you need:

  • Mod Podge, cans, container to mix glue and water, sponge brush, craft paper, and craft paint. (Ignor the grey and red container. I was going to use chalkboard paint on the cans and then changed my mind)


  1. Clean cans and remove any pointy spots with pliers.
  2. Cut paper the right height of each can with a paper cutter.
  3. Paint bottom of cans with white craft paint. This will take a couple layers. Spray paint might have been easier/faster. I didn’t end up painting the tops because I kind of liked the way metal looked.
  4. Mix up glue and some water. Then spread evenly on the can and place paper on top. This takes a little bit of coordination and speed because the glue starts drying pretty quickly. One of the cans I painted another layer of glue on top to seal it a little better, but honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference so I only did the one.

I also had an old Pringles can that I wrapped up too for the longer items that needed storage like paint stirrers.

It’s a little silly and SUPER simple, but I liked the affect it had on my room. Any other ways to store brushes, markers and the like? Have fun!

DIY Picture Frame Thread Holder

28 Mar

So  couple weeks ago I was puttering around on Pinterest looking for ideas for my craft room redo and I saw this:

Found at

It just so happens that last year I bought 15 vintage wooden picture frames from someone off Craigslist and I hadn’t found a use for all of them, especially not this oddly large round one. So I decided that I must make this thread holder since I would be moving my sewing machine and all my crafting supplies into my craft room. I’ll admit, the hubby did have to help me a little bit with the cutting because I just don’t trust myself with the jigsaw just yet. I’ll get there tho! And here it is!

The fact that mine is yellow is purely coincidence, I swear.  The steps for this project with a frame versus building your own frame, is actually pretty simple. The hubby used some MDF that we had lying around from another project and cut it out to fit inside the back. If we had a material that was a little thinner, I think that’d be a little better b/c this sucker is pretty heavy and the MDF doesn’t keep the paint as well as regular wood. The best part was that the back of the frame is actually a hexagon, and was not even. Kinda funny watching the Mr. try to cut it to fit.

After he got the piece cut to the right size, I got out my ruler and plotted out where the spools would go. I would recommend taking the largest spool you have and use that to measure just in case, or just measure out 1.5 inches. At this point we drilled holes at the marked spots. It is here that I would tell you to adjust something that I did; make your holes slightly angled so the spools aren’t tempted to fall off when the frame is hung on the wall. (Yes… I had to draw 2 sets of lines b/c my measurements were not good. oh well!)

Now attach the frame to the MDF. He just used some regular screws, but again, this can probably be improved upon because I had to then fill the holes. Then I started the prep work. I used some wood filler and went over all the holes from the screws and any other imperfections in the wood that I actually wanted to cover; I kind of like some of the “antique” look of these frames so I didn’t want to change that too much.

Fill holes with wood filler and insert dowels

Cut wooden dowel rods the length of your spools (or longer so you can stack them), put hot glue in the hole and insert the dowel.

Then all I did was prime and paint the entire thing with a bright yellow I got from Lowes. I love the punch of color.

Have a wonderful day!

China Hutch or Kitchen Pantry?

11 Sep

Hi! I love my little house from the 60’s. The one thing I don’t love is the fact that the kitchen doesn’t have a pantry. Yup… that’s right… no pantry. For those of you living in an older home, such as myself, this comes as no surprise and I’m sure with no sympathy. So what to do. Well when we first moved in we bought this from Target for like $25 to fill the need:

Then when we got him:  and I started trying to cook more to save money, that went out the window. What to do? So I went to one of my favorite antique malls and was browsing and I found a 1970’s style china hutch. No frills; just solid wood with 3 glass doors, closed storage underneath… and wait the booth has a 30% off clearance! Hold on… could it really be ONLY $20!!?? Done and done. My new pantry.

So I had the piece but I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do with it; but I knew I wanted it white and that I didn’t want to be able to see through the glass doors since it was being used for food storage. I saw a couple really neat inspiration pieces online (none of which I can find now honestly).

And this is what I ended up with:

Here are a couple of things I learned while doing this project:

  1. Don’t do painting projects outdoors (in the garage) in the winter
  2. Don’t be lazy. Use oil based primer and paint and you’ll save yourself HOURS. Zinsser primer is amazing!
  3. Silver leafing is NOT as easy as it looks. It also works better when you have the visible side that you can “buff” and make smooth vs. having the visible side up against glass.
  4. Hobby Lobby has the best selection of knobs and pulls… just wait… they are on sale every other week pretty much.

So these are going to be the short steps since I don’t have pics of the process (since it took like 3 months b/c of the weather…oh well).

Step 1: Lightly sand entire piece and wipe down with a damp rag.

Step 2: Use an OIL based primer like Zinser Oil Base Primer. Try not to do it too thick b/c this is a pretty thick medium. You may need 1 or 2 depending on the stain previously used on the piece. (This is the reason I say to use Oil based on furniture pieces like this. I had painted 2 coats of latex primer and 2 coats of paint and you could still  see a yellowy stain coming through. Soo …. I had to strip it and then repaint. Huge pain.) Between each coat you’ll need to let it dry at least 24 hours and will have to use mineral spirits to clean your brushes and pans.

Step 3: Use an OIL based paint (I used high gloss because it was easy to wipe off if it got dirty) and paint 1-2 coats depending on the thickness that you would like.

Step 4: Apply silver leafing. I purchased my materials from Hobby Lobby, and while I could probably try to give you step by step instructions on how to do it, they have them on the label too. NOTE: this is not as easy as it looks or any show makes it seem. It’s a messy, slightly irritating process that can give mixed results. That being said; I love how it made this little china cabinet look. I will say tho, that it is easier to use silver leafing on a surface that the silver will be on the outside than on the inside (as I silver leafed the inside of the glass doors to help protect it).

Step 5: Replace knobs and enjoy! When the piece you are refinishing has odd curves, be aware of what kind of knobs or pulls you purchase to make sure that they actually fit. The ones I originally bought for the top of this cabinet wouldn’t fit, so I ended up (you guessed it) priming and painting the old ones and just replacing the bottom ones.

This has seriously doubled our storage in the kitchen and I love it!

Not too shabby if I say so myself. 🙂