Friday, May 11, 2012

Jewelry Box: Part One- Building the Frame

For the last three years, I've had my jewelry stored in a number of spots, all of which are either ugly or inaccessible.  I have a really gorgeous jewelry box that my mom bought me in college, but it's a little big and I've had virtually no place to put it since I moved to Seattle.

So, I basically went two years without ever wearing any jewelry until one day I decided to use the always empty towel bar to do this:
This was practical, sure, but it kept me from removing the bar and putting up a series of towel hooks until I could figure out a better solution for my necklaces.  As for my earrings, I took some of my favorites and just threw them on my bathroom shelf.
Now, I've had my eye on this full length mirror with a jewelry box hidden behind it for awhile, but at $170, I never pulled the trigger.  Besides the price tag, our bedroom isn't very big, so I thought it would be nicer to be able to hang it on the wall.

So my solution?  DIY!  After getting the confidence to make furniture after building a mantle and a console table, I finally had the courage (and the desire to get the necklaces off that wall!) to get going. 
Using a spare piece of wood cut to size while I was building the console table, I just grabbed a couple of small boards to use as the frame, and got to work painting all the pieces.  The back of the box would be a light blue-green seafoam color that I happened to have a sample of laying around already, and the sides and front would be white.
Then it was time to attach the frame to the back.  We cut the boards down to size, then used wood glue to attach them along the edges of the back board, and secured them with 1.5" screws.

The last step was the caulk all the edges and finish painting the edges white.
And voila!  We had the frame made!  The next two steps would be to fit the inside with all the hooks, screens, and shelves that would hold all my jewelry, and then to attach the mirrored door on hinges.

But in the meantime, we wanted it off the floor, so we grabbed a french cleat and hung it up in our bedroom!

And that's the first part of building a custom jewelry box!  I'll be back soon to talk about the next two steps, but visit my project gallery to see other projects I've done!


  1. Wow! That's an awesome project! I'm excited to see the rest. :)

  2. I can't wait to see the rest, it looks really cool. I've seen so many great ideas on pinterest that I've wanted to make for my mom (she owns a ton of jewelry)


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