Inset Jewelry Cabinet Part 2: Organizing the Jewelry

So today we are continuing on with how I made the inset jewelry cabinet in my master bathroom.  I left you with how I cut the hole in our wall and framed it out in order to support the cabinet.  Today I am going to show you the door and all the ways I organized the jewelry inside.  I thought long and hard about what would be the most efficient way to use the space as well as ease of use.


I used paint sticks just like I did for my old organization system in my linen closet.  I measured out holes and predrilled them all and then screwed in 5/8” cup hooks.  Then I airnailed the paint stick into my cabinet making sure it was level.


The easiest way I have found to organize the necklaces was to do one paint stick at a time, add your necklaces, air nail it and then see where the next one should be placed.




For the bracelets I got the idea from the Shanty 2 Chic girls to use a closet rod and dowel.  I decided to stain them Minwax Dark Walnut and screwed them in place.


The only negative is that you have to remove the whole dowel to get off the bracelet.  However, I think it is the best solution and use of space and so far I haven’t dropped all the bracelets off the rod :-).



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So all my necklaces and bracelets were in place now it was time to build the door.  I thought long and hard about how to build the door.  I realllly didn’t want to just do a flat board, I wanted to add some interest and do a shaker style door with paneling but I had never built a legitimate door before.  When I built my studio, my friend Rex and I, built the doors together.  So doing it on my own kind of scared me.  But I decided to take the plunge and I used Jill from the Rozy Home’s tutorial to do grooves and tenon doors.  I even added a couple of extra panels and stiles to add a little bit more interest.  It was actually a whole lot easier than I thought it would be.  Here are some pictures of the steps.


You want to add 1/2” overlay on all sides to figure out your finished door size and then build it.


I will say it took me a few hours and some trial and error to figure it out but in the end I overcame my fear of doors and made one!  I used some wood glue and clamps to hold it in place.  I let it dry overnight and then primed and painted the door.




The next decision I had to make was what hinges to use.  I decided to use a self-closing overlay hinge because I didn’t want anything inside the cabinet, and they were the easiest to install.  Simply mark and drill where you want them on your door and screw them in place.


To hang the door onto the frame you will need a second set of hands to hold it in place.  Measure and make sure there is the same distance on all four sides.  Mark and predrill your holes and then screw the hinges in place. The self closing is nice, you don’t have to worry about a magnetic catch or anything because the door snaps shut.


Okay now onto my earrings and rings.  I love earrings.  In fact I generally don’t go out of the house without them, a trait passed down from my mother I am sure.  I decided to use jewelry chain (I got mine at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores) attached by cup hooks.  This way I was able to hang earring wires or studs on them.  Again I did one set of chain, hung the earrings and then decided where I wanted the next chain to go and then predrilled the cup hook holes and then twisted the hooks in place.





I only have a handful of rings do I just decided to use 3/4” cup hooks on one of the door stiles to hold my rings in place.  You can see I still have a teeny bit of room on the door for more.  I can always add more more chain or paint sticks if I want to later.


So on Instagram I asked which pull you would go with, a sleek bar pull or the blinged out knob I made for my old jewelry cabinet.  The bling one won far and away.  So I measured and drilled that into place.  And I am one happy camper to finally have all my jewelry accessible but hidden at the same time.




I desperately want new doors but that is way far down on the list of house priorities.  Someday people…someday.


I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have all of my jewelry in one place, organized and hidden behind this door.  I want to bust holes in every wall and make little hidden cabinets.  Maybe one for essential oils.  Oooooh!