Jewelry Organizer–{Roadkill Rescue}

Yesterday I showed you my crib curbside find that I made into a subway art scripture sign.  Then I teased you with the glass knob on it, pulling you in, hoping you’d come back today to see WHAT IS BEHIND DOOR #1!. I decided to make a jewelry organizer with the crib as the door. Yes it is big but it serves two purposes — art and storage.  My favorite combination, and I can’t tell you how much I adore it!

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So this where I left you yesterday…with the crib side all painted and stenciled with a scripture verse.  Next I built the jewelry organizer frame behind it.  Here is how I did it.

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old crib side

(2) 1 x 4’s

1/4” luan cut to fit the back of your frame

1/2” x 2’s poplar (I used six 3’ pieces)

air brad nailer

air paint sprayer

wood glue

3/4” cup hooks (I used 67 of them)

electric drill

drill bits


paint & supplies (I used Sun Safari by Dutch Boy)

30” continuous hinge (AKA “a piano hinge”)

pencil for marking

magnetic catch

mollies for hanging it in place


1. I measured my crib piece and decided I wanted the frame to be the same size which was 30 1/2” wide by 31” tall.  So I cut two 1 x 4’s to 31” and two of them 29”.  I made sure the smaller ends were butt up to the longer edges so you couldn’t see the butt (from the side) when hung.  I used wood glue to secure the frame in place and then I tacked it with 1 3/4” brad nails.

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2.  Next I measured the back and had Home Depot cut a piece of 1/4” luan plywood down to 30 1/4” x 30 3/4”.  Then I wood glued and tacked that onto the back of the frame with 1” brad nails.

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3.  Now the next part is going to be based on your jewelry.  I started from the bottom and wanted to allow two rows for bracelets.  I cut two 1/2” x 2”s the length of the inside of the frame spacing them 4” apart from one another. Then I cut four pieces lengthwise for my necklaces spacing them 3” apart from the other and one 5” apart from the other.  Then I predrilled all the holes for the cup hooks varying the distance between them according to my jewelry.


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4.  Then I primed and spray painted (with my air paint sprayer) all the pieces Sun Safari by Dutch Boy.



I laid all the pieces out to make sure it all fit right.


5.  I screwed all the cup hooks back in first then I used Gorilla wood glue and my air brad nailer and tacked the dividers together.


Then I attached the dividers and the bottom bracelet divider onto the sides and top of the frame with 1 1/4” brad nails.

6.  I used cup hooks and some metal cable chain (Brand: Blue Moon Medium Cable) to attached three lengths of chain from the inset of the crib door with cup hooks (predrill the holes first).  This is where I will hang all of my earrings.

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7. Then I laid out the crib door and the frame (predrilled the holes) for the piano hinge and screwed it in place.

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8.  Next I screwed some mollies into the drywall and attached it to the wall.  I definitely needed my husband for this part as it is awkward to hold it open and drill it into the wall at the same time.  I used two screws/mollies which are capable of holding 75 lbs.

After it was on the wall I realized I needed a magnetic catch to keep the door shut.  So I attached one of those.

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Then I had fun hanging all of my jewelry…

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and then closed it when I was done…

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{Squuuueaaaallll!} I am so proud of this.  I stepped out of my comfort zone a little with all the measuring and building.  But I did it…such a huge sense of empowerment!

Do you want some other ways to organize jewelry ?

Check out my paint stick jewelry organizer


 How to Make Bracelet Displays


 Pegboard Earring Display

DIY jewelry holder copy[6]