This blog post falls under the category of “better late than never.” By that, I mean that it’s taken me over a year to keep my promise of actually ditching my unsightly old jewelry cabinet in lieu of a more creative way to display my baubles.
The cabinet, which I referenced in my earlier post, “Accessible Accessories,” screamed ’80s country oak catastrophe, devoid of charm, taste, or beauty. In fact, it was so ugly (“How ugly was it?”) that I draped linens on top of it and relegated it to hidden corner of my sitting room, as if I had put it in Timeout. Then, because it was “out of sight, out of mind,” I never opened it up and stopped wearing jewelry! You may think I’m kidding for comedic effect but, unfortunately, this is a true story of my decline from bling to boring — all because I procrastinated an easy project!
So this weekend, with a bit more time on my hands, I unloaded my jewelry cabinet, apologized to my long-neglected lovely things, and decided to proudly display them so they would be easy to see and select forevermore. A wooden-framed chalkboard was the unlikely hero which came to the rescue and became the backdrop for my new arrangement.
This was one of the easiest, most inexpensive projects I’ve ever done — merely using push pins at the top of the wooden frame and hanging my necklaces of varying lengths upon each pin. Not only are the necklaces easy to see, but they look like an elegant tapestry of color and texture against the black background. And no more tangles!
I placed my bracelets, rings, and brooches in the small metal bins at the bottom of the chalkboard where you would normally find chalk and erasers.
Whatever happened to the Cabinet of Shame? She currently sits curbside where, no doubt, some junk peddler will nab it in the night, thinking he’s found a gem…er…gem cabinet which will sell quickly at his store. Meanwhile, my jewelry is happy and free from its confines, and I’m gonna bring the bling like never before.