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I had thought about
procrastinated on this project for a long time. Originally I thought I would try to use a large frame, back it with corkboard, and cover it with fabric.
But I was having a hard time finding a big enough frame. Then I came across this bulletin board at a local thrift store. It was in decent shape and only $2.00.
I cleaned it up a bit, removed the paper and all the staples, and then got busy painting the outer frame white.
I didn’t tape off the cork because I knew I would be covering the entire thing with fabric. I did 2 coats of Valpsar paint and primer in one and it covered it really well.
My favorite fabric warehouse had their big fall sale last week and I lucked out and found gray chevron print – for $1.99 a pound! (Because this is heavier weight material I think a pound is about equal to a yard, so I got it for about $1.99/yard – in a few yard pieces.) I decided that was the perfect fabric to use on my jewelry board. You want to use something in a larger pattern that is not too busy or even a solid. Because once you get all the jewelry up there it could look a little crazy with a bold fabric. So $2 for the board, less than $1.99 for the fabric ( I didn’t even use a whole yard), and I already had the paint and thumbtacks. Don’t know why I waited so long to do this.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to get the fabric adhered to the cork – I thought I would have to staple it all around. But when I got it cut to size and laid out, I thought I might try just tucking the edge under the frame with a small screwdriver. And it worked perfectly! So no stapling which meant I didn’t have to try to come up with some way to cover the staples with some trim either.
By the way, THIS is the reason I need this. Piles of jewelry hanging on an ironing board holder was not really working.
I looked for some pretty little cup hooks or something like that but I haven’t found any yet. So I just opted for clear thumbtacks and they are actually working really well.
So here is my board all done! Love that is functional and pretty all at the same time!
And I know someone is going to comment and say, “You have a lot of jewelry, where do you get it all?” I would say 75% of all of this jewelry has come from yard sales for $1 or less (I have a jewelry man at the parking lot yard sale that I shop at a lot and have bought a lot from in over the last year), another 20% comes from Cato clearance ($0.99-1.99 for jewelry on clearance, sometimes even sets – necklace and earrings together for $1.99.) And then the other 5% is just pieces I have specifically bought on sale somewhere else or gifts, etc.
I hung the board behind our bedroom door. When I redo/redecorate this room, I may move it but I like it here for now. I actually thought about putting it in the closet in the spot where I hung my scarves. But I don’t get dressed in the closet so it was much more convenient to have it in the bedroom where I am getting dressed, where the lighting is better, and can find the jewelry I want.
So glad I found that Chevron print too! I think it is so fun behind the jewelry.
Now I just need to find some way to store/display/organize my earrings which I don’t have near as many as I do necklaces and bracelets. Any ideas?
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