Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vintage Style Earring Rack

As some of you may know I recently moved. I hate moving. I have been married for almost 5 years and we have moved 5 times in those 5 years. So what does that mean? First I am really good at moving and packing. I have a system and I am a super organized person so I am really good at moving. Second, I have consolidated a lot of our family's stuff. We don't have junk, because junk is not fun to move. During this last move, space was really tight so we had to evaluate everything we owned and throw anything out that was broken, busted, or not worth taking. One piece of furniture we threw out was an old tv stand with three front doors that opened for cabinet space. It was very rickety, missing a lot of screws and had several pieces of bent wood. I probably could have fixed it but honestly, it wasn't worth it. So instead I took it apart and saved some of the pieces for myself including the three cabinet doors. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I knew that I wanted to do something, maybe frames or something?

One area that I did not clean out during our last move is my jewelery. So I got this wonderful idea from Heather to make an earring rack to hang my dangle earrings on. Enter the cabinet doors. I used the middle door to make the frame for the earring rack. It had a separate piece that slides into the frame that was perfect for my base and no glass so that made it easy too.

I wanted to dress it up a bit so I began with taking all the hinges off and sanding the outside of the frame.

Then I painted it vintage white.

Next I sanded the edges and sides to give it a vintage look.

Finally I added ribbon to the top via staple gun to hang it from.

The next step was the insert. I used spray glue to glue a fabric that coordinated with my bathroom decor (green and teal). Then I covered the fabric (again using spray glue) with wire mesh. The key is only gluing the mesh to the outside edges so that you can slide the earring hooks on the mesh. Then I covered the back with the same ribbon to make it look finished, again using spray glue.

Finally I slid the insert into the frame, added some cute touches (paper flowers and butterflies) and put all my earrings on the mesh.

I did throw out a lot of old earrings that I never wear but I found some oldies that were still goodies like these purple chandeliers that were specially made for my wedding day. Maybe they will make it into my WIWW wardrobe sometime this week.


Unknown said...

Jessica!!!!!!!!!!! I love this!! My earring holder needs a makeover to match my new bedroom that has yet to happen. :) Hopefully we'll be seeing it's debut here in May. Great job!!!

Christy said...

I love this! I may have to find someone to make this for, soon! :)

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