Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jewelry Box: Part Two Interior

Picking up from where I left off in Part One, it was time to add some interior fixtures to my jewelry box frame so that I could hang up some necklaces and earrings.
I broke the box down into four sections: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and things that couldn't be hung like post earrings and broches.

For the first section, earrings, I grabbed a "plastic knitting sheet" from the craft store for $1.  It's very similar to those earring holders most people have made from an old screen inside a picture frame. 
It came clear, but I spray painted it white after cutting it down to size.

When it came to mounting it in the box, I used some scrap wood cut into strips and glued them along the edge of where the screen would go.
Then, with a liberal amount of glue applied on top of the scrap wood, I set the screen on top.

Here's where I should be telling you how I used thin molding to create a frame around the screen, but I never got to Home Depot, so here's where I left the earring holder.  It's completely functional as it, the molding is just a finishing touch so that it's not ugly.

And voila, a perfect place to hang up my pretty baubles!

Below the screen I installed a shelf where I could place post earrings and broaches.  I screwed the shelf in exactly like the box edges seen here.  
Next we the bracelets.  I don't wear very many because my wrists are alarmingly thin and I can' stand wearing bracelets that move around.

So to store my wrist jewelry, all I needed were two pretty hooks that I purchased from Anthropology for $8 each- my only splurge on this whole box.
Last came the necklaces.  Actually, the necklaces came first and I actually installed the fixtures in the exact opposite order than I'm blogging them to you.  Becasuse I have a ton of necklaces, I needed to take care of these suckers first, and that's how I came to painfully screwing in __ hooks to my precious box.  I wanted to make sure there was ample room, and thankfully I had exactly enough room before doubling up multiple necklaces on hooks.
I even have room to add another layer in-between the thin, delicate pieces in the top row.
All in all, I'm in loooooooove with my jewelry box!  It was exactly what I was looking for, and I'm so glad I finally got to making it after two years of hesitation.  
The colors mesh perfectly with the new paint color in the room as well.  Perfection!
As for the mirror cover, well that didn't work out so well.  The wood we bought to be the front was too thin to hold hinges, and too heavy to work well.  And then my mirror completely warped while gluing to the wood, so now it's hung on my wall but makes me look like a carnival creature.  So, I'll be looking for a new mirror eventually, and calling my jewelry box done in the mean time!

Click here to read part one of this project, or visit my project gallery for more fun DIY ideas!


  1. I'm so jealous of this it's not even funny.

  2. So cute! I frickin' love it!

  3. Looks soo good!! Haha sorry about the carnival mirror, though.


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