I’ve wanted a new upcycling project for a while and when I spotted a photo of a wall mounted jewellery holder on Pinterest (where else?) I knew I’d found my project. It seemed like a pretty easy way of making something functional and unique. On Day 9 of #100DaysNoTV I turned a small wooden box into a pretty holder for my jewellery.
Last Christmas Rob was given a whiskey tasting kit as a gift and it came in a small wooden box. I kept the box (bit of a hoarder!) as I was sure it would come in useful at some point. And, so it has! It’s literally the perfect size for the jewellery holder so all I needed was some paint and some pretty drawer knobs (preferably vintage) on which to hang my necklaces.
We live in Ely which is home to an amazing antiques centre. If I’m let loose in there, without the children, I easily lose an hour or more just browsing. There is so much to see, but my favourite things are the vintage clothing, perfume bottles and antiquarian books (adore the smell of old books). But, could I find my vintage drawer knobs? Absolutely not.
It was the same story in dozens of other antique and charity shops so I dropped the romantic notion of using genuine vintage pieces and went for something new. Homebase and Wilko have a selection of pretty drawer knobs and between the two shops I found four that were perfect for the job.
It wasn’t much easier deciding on a paint colour; I’m pretty indecisive with this sort of thing. In the end I settled on Farrow & Ball No. 50, Book Room Red. Seemed appropriate for a bibliophile. 🙂
The paint went on really nicely and I used two coats to get a rich finish. I decided to varnish it to keep it looking good for as long as possible. I found – would you believe – some yacht varnish in Wilko! Bit overkill maybe, as I don’t plan on taking it out on the open sea, but it did the job.
I don’t often get to use power tools so getting the drill out was a lot of fun. 🙂 The wood was fairly thin so making the holes was super easy, especially after using a gimlet (the tool not the cocktail – that wouldn’t have been advisable!) to mark the exact point for each hole.
I attached it to the wall with two screws through the back of the box so it’s ‘floating’ rather than sitting on visible mounts for a cleaner look.
And, here it is! I’m absolutely thrilled with it. 🙂
As well as being a delightful little project, I also rediscovered necklaces and bracelets that had been buried at the bottom of my jewellery boxes. They all have a story and it was lots of fun sorting through them.
This ended up being a pretty easy upcycling project that didn’t take long at all from start to finish. I think starting an activity like this can sometimes seem daunting, but it needn’t be. If you take bit of time thinking about what you’d like to achieve and not worry too much about it looking professional, everyone can make something they will be so proud of.
I’d love to hear about other upcycling projects. If you’ve made something using recycled materials, please let me know below, or tweet me using #100DaysNoTV. 🙂
Bye for now!