I don’t know about you, but I have a LOT of jewelry. In fact, I have so much jewelry that I have to keep it in a carrier with 4 trays. The problem is that it’s not easily accessible. Especially since I usually think about my jewelry choice at the last moment before I am running out the door in the morning.
If I were a more organized person I would determine what I planned to wear the night before, but I’m not. Never have been, doubt I ever will be. Even so, the state of my jewelry bag is such that it makes it difficult to even know what I have to plan with.
It started out looking like this….
I found this cork board at Goodwill on Saturday. It’s a huge board (24 inches x 36 inches) and someone (Becca apparently) wrote on it in paint marker. Lovely isn’t it?
So I decided to cover it, and since I didn’t have any cloth of that size in my stash, I decided to go the “painter’s drop cloth” route. It was the cheapest option at $6.99 for a giant piece of fabric that looked like canvas.
Next I cut it to size, leaving about 2 or 3 inches excess on all sides.
This is when I realized that it was really kind of wrinkled from being folded in the package and I was forced to actually iron it.
OK…that’s a little better. There was still some wrinkle, but that came out later when I stretched it across the cork board.
Now I was ready to attach it to the board. The first step was to make a cut at every corner on a diagonal like this….
Next I stapled the excess material onto the cork board, making sure to put just a little tension on all sides to make the fabric tight across the board.
My method for dealing with the corners went like so….
Now that the fabric was complete, I needed to add some color to it so that it wasn’t just a huge blank canvas.
I chose one of her wonderful patterns, printed it on 24×36 paper, and then cut it out.
Next I attached the stencil to the frame with some tape so that it wouldn’t move and I painted it in.
I used two different colors (chocolate-brown and jungle green) to give it some color pop. Once it was dry I removed the stencil and gave it a coat of clear spray finish.
Then I added the upholstery tacks for some extra interest, and the hangers to the back like so…
And this is what it looked like when it was finished…without the jewelry.
Then I hung some of my jewelry to give you a feel for how it will look. I just used some brass finish upholstery pins as push pins.
I have WAY WAY more jewelry than that, and I will put it all up once I get this baby hung in my closet. It will be so convenient to be able to look at the options and grab a piece on the go.
Now I know my wonderful friend Chey (My favorite Premier Jeweler) will say that I shouldn’t keep my jewelry out because it could tarnish quicker, but I say, what is the use of beautiful jewelry if I never use it because it is in the bottom of a drawer in a tangle.
So that is my idea for today, how do you like it?
I promise to get my thrift store finds and the latest misadventure of Zoro up a little later, but now it’s time for the 9-5 gig.
Have a great day,
Wendy Sue – The Hopewell Homesteader
(BTW…if you like the jewelry you see here, I would be glad to hook you up with Chey if you drop me an e-mail.)
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