December 16, 2008

Organizing

I'm collecting costume jewelry for a Christmas tree I plan on donating to next year's Hospice auction. I recently purchased quite a bit from The Iguana Productions and needed to find a way to better organize my cache.


A few years ago, I scavenged some doors from a cabinet shop. Evidently they were ordered incorrectly so they were destined for the wood chipper. My plan was to make signs or chalkboards out of them. (Cabinet doors are very handy for these projects as they are, essentially, already framed.) I still had a few in storage waiting for inspiration to strike. When I told Mark I wanted to make a (cute) peg rack to hang the jewelry from, he suggested the cabinet doors.

I'm big on re-purposing items so this sounded great to me. These long, skinny doors were the perfect size to hang on the wall behind my office door.

We measured and marked out where I wanted the 'pegs', then added the screws. I hot glued chunks of turquoise to the screw heads to keep the jewelry from slipping off the pegs. (My original idea was vintage buttons, but I didn't have enough on hand.)

The racks work really well and by using items I already had, cost practically nothing to make!

27 comments:

Cicada Studio said...

The red and the turquoise set on the gold/green is stunning. Combine that with your pretty baubles and ingenuity and it becomes brilliant!

Rosebud Collection said...

Charmaine, you guys are just too clever..What a wonderful idea and it looks beautiful..

Sarah McBride said...

super clever. I am always inspired by your philosophy and projects!!

willow said...

What a clever, clever idea, Charmaine! I love it!

Auntie Joy said...

Hi
Hope you are staying warm. I think I better get up and move away from the computer!! My fingers might be stuck and we know it is warmmer, up and moving than sitting!!

Sweet Repose said...

Too strange Sister...well what I say is great minds think alike...

Since I took the old door to Sisters', everyone wants to buy it, so my scouts are out in full force looking for old doors. I like the idea of the stones on the tips of the screws. I have a jar full of square-head nails, if I can just find them in my heap(s)...thought they'd be cute too to hang on.

For free-standing, I just used 4 old shelf brackets, two on each side of the bottom to hold the door upright.

Don't we just amaze us...LOL...

junk-sister...

fly tie said...

great idea! you two should have your on show on creative re-purposing. the turquoise is a nice touch.

littlebyrd said...

SO GOOD! I love the way they turned out. I bet you are thrilled! Very clever Charmaine!

GrayEyedScorpio said...

Cute solution...as always!

I use old rake heads to hang my necklaces, headbands, and scarves from.

M.Kate said...

Too creative, I never thought of it..I really will think how to re-purpose everything..rathere than spending heaps of money to buy new ones. Lovely pegs :D

A Cuban In London said...

This is like recycling, only that you get to use you creative mind, too. Great photos.

Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

What a neat idea!

BaldyLocks said...

I love costume jewellery. I used to use pieces of broken ones to make hanging glass lanterns. I also used vintage glass. It was so much fun. At the end I made a chandelier out of brooches and beads. It was sooo gorgeous. Now it's in a box waiting for me to have a proper place to put it.

I'm really curious as to what you're planning.

Victoria said...

What a fab idea! You could, (and should) write your own book on great decorating ideas!

Elizabeth said...

Th five R's are very sensible indeed.

Jenn said...

You are so great at repurposing, I am truly inspired learning about all these little items strewn about your house that were slated for landfills only to end up as gorgeous, functional pieces! Gotta admit, the turquoise looks great on the pegs...at first I thought maybe it was patina on metal pegs that Mark created :)

Lisa B. said...

Those came out great!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

these are great--what a good idea lady!

!TEQ-uila Del Zapata said...

Nice Idea.
Collecting vintage stuff and donating it.
Anyway nice blog!

Mrs.French said...

they turned out perfect...I think the turquois is a lovely choice...xo

Bonbon Oiseau said...

OH! and thank you for the button! you are so sweet
!

vicki archer said...

I think the turquoise as knobs truly inspirational, fantastic, xv.
ps love that diamonte (necklace, I think) in the last pic - nothing like a sparkle to cheer a girl up.

nuvonova said...

I love how you used the turquoise!

That's actually a really good idea for a fair stand.

Hey Harriet said...

Very clever. Looks great, and I love the turquoise. That colour really sets it off!

Yoli said...

I am big on this, I love finding use for everything.

ppdesigns said...

I love this idea!! So much easier to find things and reminds you they are there to wear!

Alissa said...

Well don't you two make an industrious, crafty little team! This is a great idea!