Home Décor DIY: Check Out This Mirrored Jewelry Wall Organizer
Where Did That Mirror Come From?
So I've been searching for a way to organize my necklaces and other jewelry for a really long time. I've tried Jewelry boxes...drawers...little jewelry hangers that sit on a desk or chest of drawers. You name it, I tried it. But I've got so much that nothing was working! They would get tangled up in the boxes because a lot of them are chunky. If they were hanging on jewelry hangers my cats, thinking they were strings to play with, would constantly knock them down and drag all of the jewelry to a far away unreachable corner under the furniture (I've lost a lot of bathing suit tops that way too!)
During certain times of the month, people on my street will put old belongings that they don't want on the sides of the street for pickup by the city. I always find this to be a great time to look around and see if there is anything I can take to repurpose.
One day, I was driving back from work and I pulled into the driveway. As I pulled in I noticed something shiny in the grass next to the road. I couldn't quite tell what it was because of the reflections, so I parked my car and got out to see what it was. Lo and behold - it was a massive, heavy wooden mirror that my neighbor was getting rid of! How can ANYONE let this go to waste?, I thought to myself. I picked it up (barely, it's really heavy!!) and brought it inside before anybody else could take it.
The mirror was obviously quite old. The paper on the back was peeling, and the wood was gross and darkly stained. I knew I would paint it and stick it up somewhere but I couldn't figure out where or what I wanted to do with it.
After a few days of thinking, it finally came to me in the middle of a nap. It was such a sudden thought that it woke me up! Why not make a jewelry organizer out of it? I almost immediately got to work figuring out the design and the supplies that I would need, fixed it up and hung it on the wall. I posted it on my tumblr page because I was so excited about it. And now I want to share how simple and easy it was to do!
How Do You Store Your Jewelry?
Super Cute, Huh? Here's What You Need....
- A mirror (Check Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. These are all great places to find cheap mirrors!)
- Clear command hooks - a combination of sizes is best depending on the bulkiness of your jewelry. I recommend these for bulky or heavy jewelry and these for lighter jewelry.
- Your favorite color of paint or wood stain, depending on the mirror.
- If your mirror is heavy, wall screws with drywall anchors to help accommodate for the weight of the jewelry without damaging the wall too much.
- If your mirror is light, picture hanging hooks.
Place the larger hooks on the bottom row as seen in the picture to prevent clutter. your shorter, ligher necklaces can go on the top row to keep everything organized, and the larger necklaces won't hide them.
Creating Your Jewelry Organizer
- First, bring the mirror outside or wherever your preferred work surface area is. Put newspaper or a drop cloth down on the work surface. Place the mirror on the newspaper.
- If your mirror allows you to, take the actual mirror glass out of the frame and place aside. If not, cover the mirror glass by placing newspaper over top of it, and leave the frame exposed. Tape down with masking tape where needed to keep the newspaper from moving around and exposing the mirror glass while you are painting.
- Once your mirror glass is protected, begin your frame decoration. I spray painted mine blue with this . Rustoleum Lagoon Spray Paint
- Let your frame dry and apply a second coat if needed.
- Once completely dry, take the newspaper off of the mirror (or insert it back into the frame if you did it that way). Wipe down the mirror with Windex or another cleaner to remove smudges, tape marks or or fingerprints.
- Leaving the mirror flat, arrange the command hooks how you would like them to hang on the mirror without attaching them to the board.
- One by one, lift up each hook and put the command tape that comes with the hook underneath them. Gently press the hook down. If the command tape isn't working for you, you can try these . glue dots
- After all the hooks are completely pressed on and have set (I find it difficult to hang things unless they've had time to bond with the surface they're on for a bit), figure out where you would like to hang the mirror.
How to Hang Your Mirror (If It's A Big Mirror Like Mine)
After jewelry is put on it, chances are the mirror is going to be pretty heavy, so you want to make sure that your wall is prepared to hold it. This can be achieved with Screws that have Drywall Anchors.
A Drywall anchor is a little plastic piece that looks like a really big screw. You can buy these together from Home Depot very cheap.
First, you'll need to mark the spot in the wall where the anchor will go. Then, take your drywall anchor and drill it into the wall just like you would an ordinary screw.
Once the anchor is screwed into the wall, put the screw right in the center of the anchor and drill it into the middle of the anchor. When the screw is inside, the anchor will split at the end to make room for the end of the screw - and this will provide extra support needed to keep the mirror from damaging your wall.
What If My Mirror Is Small and Light?
If your mirror is small, light, and not carrying heavy jewelry, you can always use picture hanging hooks, which I have stock of at all times! They are easy to use - just slip the nail through the hole in the top of the hook, line up to the wall, and use a hammer to secure it into the wall.