Last summer, I attempted to make a jewelry board to store all my accessories in one central location. I'm not the most handy/industrial lady, but I smacked a few nails and doused the thing in glue, and it held up pretty well. It wasn't the prettiest or most practical jewelry holder, but it was definitely functional.
I knew I would want to attempt to make a newer, more improved, refined jewelry board, but it ended up taking me me a year to find the motivation.
I was asked to post a tutorial on the first one I made, but to be honest, I didn't take any pictures of the process, and I wasn't sure it was really a good design with the spike nails and industrial staples poking out every where. I was actually a little worried one of my kids would poke an eye out or get scratched on it.
Fortunately, no one was injured by the first jewelry board, but I didn't want to push my luck by keeping it around much longer, so Jewelry Board 2.0 was born!
This time around, I kept track of my supply list and took pictures of the building process so I could share them with you. This jewelry board is very much customized to me and my needs and esthetic (white on white on white), but I think if you decide to make something like this, you can most definitely make adjustments and change it up to fit your needs and your style.
Before I started, I went out and got all my supplies together so I wouldn't have to stop and start or run any errands in the middle of the process (I totally ended up forgetting things and had to stop and start a bunch of times anyway, it's the thought that counts).
1. For the board itself, I went to Home Depot and bought HD Maple Plywood (3/4in x 4ft x 8ft) for about $40. I had them cut it down to 36in x 80in for me in the store so I wouldn't have to cut it at home.
2. I found an ornate backless frame (23in x 30in) from Hobby Lobby for 50% off, which made it less than $25.
3. I wanted floating shelves to put the milk glass on, but had a hard time finding any that were close to the dimensions I wanted, plus the ones I could find started at $20 a shelf and they were only 24in wide max. 🙁 To save money and to get the length of shelves I wanted, I found 1in x 6in x 8ft primed PVC plank for only $15 and had the dudes at Home Depot cut it into two 32in long boards, and then I kept the scraps for a potential project in the future. Score!
4. Since the PVC plank was kind of plain, I found some DecraMold Pine Straight Molding for less than $3 to cover the raw edges of the shelves for a more finished look.
5. I bought a 4 pack of Everbilt 3in zinc corner braces for $3 to attach the shelves to the board.
6. I found an adjustable curtain rod at Walmart on clearance for $8 to hold the necklaces.
7. I used decorative aluminum sheets from Hobby Lobby to go in the back of the frame for $11. I picked the cloverleaf pattern, but there were some other really cute ones to choose from.
8. I already had some Gorilla Wood Glue at home, but this is what I used to glue the trim molding around the edges of my shelves. If you haven't tried Gorilla Glue of any type, go and get some now—it's the ultimate glue and can fix just about anything!
9. I used canopy shower curtain hooks from my last board to hang my necklaces on. You can find them just about anywhere, but I found mine for $6 at TJ Maxx. I just collect them whenever I see them on sale or clearance—you never know when you will need more!
10. I took a tip from Shelley from The House of Smith's and picked up some Command velcro frame hangers for $4 to hang the frame. You can hang your frame any way you want, but these velcro hooks are super easy to install and can hold up to 16lbs. Booyah!
11. Not pictured above is the paint and paint brushes/rollers I used to paint everything. You can use spray paint, or I used some left over interior Bher Ultra (paint and primer in one) in Decorator White.
12. I used zip ties and tiny nails to place the aluminum sheets in the frame.
To ensure drying time, the first thing I did was measure and cut the trim and glued it around the PVC plank I used for the shelves. I used the Gorilla Wood Glue, and I didn't have any clamps, so I just used painter's tape to hold the trim in place while it dried. Gorilla Glue is legit, so it didn't need a whole lot to keep it together, and the painter's tape worked perfectly.
While the glue on the trim was drying, I started painting all the parts for the jewelry board. I painted the board itself, the frame, the aluminum sheets, the brackets, and I even spray painted the curtain rod white as well.
Once the trim on the shelves dried, I painted those too. I recommend letting everything you paint dry over night. Latex and spray paint can actually take 24-48 hours to cure all the way, so just to protect your work, I recommend letting it dry thoroughly.
The aluminum sheets I found didn't fit in the frame evenly, so I had to get two and put them together to fill the open space in the frame. I could have cut them down, but I didn't want to have a sloppy or sharp edge, so I overlapped them and zip tied them together. There's probably a prettier solution for connecting the aluminum, but once I painted the sheets and hung the earrings, I really couldn't see the zip ties at all.
After I zip tied the sheets together, I placed the now conjoined aluminum in the frame and secured it into place with wire brads (they look like tiny nails). I nailed about 3 nails/brads spread out along all 4 sides to make sure the aluminum was secure and steady. I also took this time to place the velcro strips on the back of the frame. I just followed the instructions on the packaging, which were pretty basic and easy.
I laid the board down on a carpeted area and then set out all the pieces and parts on the board (the frame, shelves, and curtain rod) and moved them around 'til everything looked the way I wanted it. Once everything was in place, I used a tape measure and a level to make sure everything was centered and balanced evenly. Then I used a pencil and marked everything so I wouldn't lose the placing and so I would know where to drill/screw the brackets to the shelves and the shelves to the board, and of course, the curtain rod to the board.
Measuring in advance and marking where to screw the brackets on made it really fast to put the rest together. I also marked where the frame would go and applied the opposing velcro strips on the board following the simple instructions on the packaging again.
One of the most important steps was attaching the frame. The first time I put the frame on I didn't press the frame down enough to hear the velcro click (like it says in the instructions) and the frame fell right off and almost broke. Yikes! I was lucky though and tried again—the second time I pushed much harder on the frame 'til I heard the audible click of the opposing velcro strips on the board and the frame connecting together. Whew! Then I found a permanent place for my newly built jewelry board and made sure it was propped up securely and then proceeded to load it with my jewelry.
I almost couldn't decide what to place on the shelves because I kept thinking of different cute ideas that would look so cute like ornate crystal glassware, vintage cans, vintage bottles, or milk glass.
I ultimately went with milk glass because I already had a huge collection of it and because I love the look of white on white one white. 🙂 I arranged the milk glass on the shelves and used them to hold my rings, bracelets, broaches, and stud earrings.
For safety reasons, I think you should glue the glass to the shelves using E600 glue…. I haven't done this yet, but only because I moved the board a few times and wanted to make sure I didn't want to rearrange the milk glass or anything. I wanna' make sure it's perfect before I go using permanent glue on anything.
Finally, I put all the canopy hooks on the curtain rod and started loading them up with all my necklaces. The end.
Sheeze, I didn't know writing up the tutorial instructions would turn out to be harder than actually making the board, but hopefully, you got a pretty good idea how this all came together.
If you have any questions, please ask, as I am sure I probably left something out. I've been L.O.V.I.N.G. this jewelry board, and it's so pretty and functional, and it accommodates my repertoire of accessories very nicely. I really hope you like it too and found this tutorial somewhat helpful.
If you have made your own jewelry holder, or end up making your own version from this tutorial, I would LOVE it if you sent me pics and maybe I could do a follow-up post showcasing some of your at-home jewelry solutions. Now won't that be fun!