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. 🙂
There is something to be said for organizing your "stuff" in hidden-away drawers, cabinets, and bins. Especially the ugly stuff -- and we all have some of that. But equally so, it is great when you have beautiful things that, while requiring some type of organization, can be displayed openly in a beautiful way. Enter -- jewelry. I will admit, I have an ugly oak 80s-style jewelry cabinet. I wish I could say it is retro-cool, stylishly primitive, or shabby-chic. But alas, it's just plain ugly! Plus, every time I need something out of it, I fight with tangled items in rickety drawers. Its one saving grace is that it is in my bedroom closet so no one but me need be subjected to its inadequacies. Still, it is getting on my nerves, and I have been inspired by some very practical yet lovely ways to organize jewelry and display it in a highly accessible way. This framed jewelry screen is the creative product of my friend, Lori, who reports that this was a simple project which cost next to nothing. She purchased the decorative aluminum sheet at a local craft store for about $6 and used scissors to cut it to size and fit a frame (after she removed the glass). Kudos, Lori! Even if you decide not to use a sheet such as this, you can use burlap or other material to create a "backing" to complete the look. Then, hang or post your earrings. To the right is a similar approach, with the addition of a coat rack, using the knobs to hang necklaces and the shelf for bracelets, brooches, or boxes. The below idea uses a cutlery organizer, with hooks to hang long pieces in vertical fashion and horizontal compartments for bracelets and other items needing to "sit" on a shelf. Use multiple cutlery dividers to accommodate more pieces and to create a wall-art look. If you still like the idea of putting jewelry in drawers, here are two interesting ways of organizing your pieces in a novel way -- using an antique or decorative baking tin or using small teacups. The latter of which can hold bracelets and necklaces in the cup portion, with hook earrings draped over the edge. If you have a lot of bracelets, I love the idea of ringing them 'round a paper towel holder, as shown below. You can't get much easier than that! So have I shamed you into a jewelry project... or inspired you? Either way, I hope it worked. 🙂 Any other ideas you've come across on Pinterest which spark your interest? I, too, have plenty to do to transform my bedroom closet and better organize my jewelry. I see a follow-up article around the corner, as well as an oak cabinet Goodwill drop-off in my near future. 🙂 ------------------------------------------ Photo credits: Aluminum screen frame for earrings - Lori English. Earring frame with necklace coat rack and jewelry in cutlery tray - Curbly. Baking tin and teacup jewelry organizers - Paige Smith Designs. Paper towel/bracelet holder - The Adventures of VAMH.