Jewelry organize from an old mirror

You have no idea how excited I am to be sharing this post with you today. I love this mirror that I have been toting all over the country for the past 12 years. That has not always been the case though, I assure you. I occasionally considered dropping it off at the thrift store, but I am so glad I never did that!!!

Wait until you see what all my jewelry was in and you’ll understand why this was necessary.

I can’t believe I’m sharing this, but here it goes….

Yep, pretty sad right. Everyone that was merely looking at the pictures and not reading probably just gasped at the sight of that!

I’d say that’s much better, would you?

That nuts and bolts organizer didn’t really bother me in our previous house because we had a large spacious master closet with built-ins. The storage containers sat on a shelf at about eye level and it worked out just fine. Then we moved, next house, not so spacious closet. For months all my jewelry sat right there on the floor. I knew I’d have to find a home for them eventually. I spent months searching online for a jewelry cabinet, then I’d bounce over to pinterest to search for ideas. I didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for a piece of furniture, and I never did find exactly what I wanted elsewhere.

One random day I looked at this mirror and realized the back side was a blank canvas waiting to become my jewelry organizer.

Who said a dressing mirror only had to have one purpose?

I began by painting the wood with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Old Orche, if you’re wondering). I’ll tell you about that awesome stuff another day. If you’ve never tried using it, then I’d so go for it!! It is the best thing since sliced bread, because it is simple!!

Once I finished that it was time to move to the other side. I thought I had taken all these wonderful pictures of the assembly process, however, when I got ready to edit my pictures it became obvious I had failed to put my memory card back in the camera. Sorry, you’ll just have to follow along here:
First layer, Low -Loft Quilt Batting
Second Layer, Burlap
Third Layer, Chicken Wire
Fourth Layer, Lace Trim
Fifth Layer, Gathered Muslin
Sixth Layer, Ribbon Trim
(I originally planned to use upholstery tacks but I decided that was to much work!)

Then it was just a matter of putting all my jewelry in place. The lace trim is used to hold all my stud earrings, and I hung bracelets without a clasp on the necklace that matches.

I’m trying to decide if I want to run some sandpaper over the edges again just to rough it up a bit more. Maybe when it’s a little warmer and I can do it outside.

I hope this inspires you to think creatively. I enjoyed working on this project and I am so much happier with how I organize my jewelry now!

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