Have you ever woken up one morning and wished that you were the love-child of James Bond and Elizabeth Taylor? Oh, you too? Then keep reading y'all because this storage solution will give you an uber top-secret hiding spot for your precious, sparkly baubles!
Since I had decided on concealed storage for my necklaces, it occurred to me to put on my handy(wo)man pants on to create a custom storage solution. I had purchased a framed Italian map several years ago at a yard sale for a couple bucks (so there are perks to being a stage 1 hoarder!). I have so many treasured memories from my time spent there and I love incorporating Italian art around my home. So I decided it would be simple enough to repurpose this picture into a shadowbox, of sorts.
I had temporarily hung necklaces on the back of door which created serious noise pollution when the door was used
Is it a picture?
Or a jewelry box?
HOW TO: Jewelry Shadowbox
Set of 4 corner brackets and 8 wood screws
Set of 2 hinges and screws
1x3 wood board
Hooks or knobs
Paint and painting supplies, if desired
2 small, strong magnets
D-ring picture hanger
Tape measure or ruler
- Measure art and decide on dimensions for the shadow box
- Unscrew hanging wire from back of frame
- Trek to hardware store to purchase supplies. Home Depot cut my 1x3 board down to the sizes I had previously measured (I like my fingers too much to ever attempt that step myself)
- Make second trek to hardware store to buy screws for brackets (apparently there's a difference between flat-ended machine screws and wood screws...I learn something new everyday!)
- I chose to paint my wood box pieces the same color as my wall in the hopes that it would fade and be less noticeable
- Measure, mark, and pre-drill holes for each corner bracket. Tightly screw brackets in to create a box frame
- Measure, mark, and pre-drill holes for the hinges. Tightly screw in hinges to create the "door" for your box. I attached the hinges to the outside of my box frame so that I would be drilling through the wood of the picture frame (since my box frame was a few inches smaller than the picture frame, had I placed them on the inside of my box frame, I would have drilled through the frame glass = no bueno)
- Drill a shallow hole into the box frame that is the same depth and diameter as your magnets. Mark on the frame sure where the magnet touches then secure a magnet to each side with super glue or hot glue. This will enable the frame "door" to remain closed
- Just for kicks and giggles, I added a pop of color to the back of the ugly, brown frame with a piece of wrapping paper I had on hand
- Attach a D-ring photo hanger to the frame then hang on wall
- Add hooks to inside of the shadowbox. I managed to recycle an ancient closet organizer-thingy from the yard sale pile, so I gave it a quick once-over with spray paint to freshen it up, then attached it directly to the wall with two nails
- Aaaand now, the fun part--hang up your necklaces...then bask in the awesomeness!
And a few bonus suggestions based on my trial-and-error process
- If you want to be super schfancy, sanding the wood prior to painting will give a finished look
- Use wood glue or hot glue on box frame corners in addition to the brackets to make it's sturdy--this will help with the entire piece hanging straight on the wall
- Measure the frame and pieces of the box frame exactly (and take into account the 1in width of the wood on each side when determining the length of the cuts)
- Use larger/stronger hinges or more than 2 small hinges--gravity pulls on the frame while hanging on the walls and this will help the frame not to sag over time
- You could create a backing for your box using a sheet of plywood nailed into the box frame then screw knobs/hooks directly into the backing versus directly into the wall
A satisfied as I was upon completion of this project, I am definitely convinced that I don't have a career in carpentry...there's no artistic license allowed when it comes to right angles and drilling!
Since I had many of the supplies for the project on hand, the total cost was under $10!
Considering this storage floor mirror was my only other choice for a jewelry storage solution, using "girl shopping logic," I actually saved $1,989 that I can now put toward other house projects, right? Ha!
I can now officially check jewelry organization off of my projects list. Here's the overall finished
Where's the jewelry? Sssshhh, it's a secret!