Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jewelry Displays (part 2)

This is the second project I did for a jewelry display, and it was the easiest project ever. It was basically done when I bought it! I had seen the idea for this a few years back but I don't have the slightest idea which blog it was..whoops. Anyway it called for a thread spool holder like this one:
Well I have been on the hunt for one ever since and it turns out they're kind of hard to find. Just a few weeks ago, however, I made a stop at Goodwill to look for a small table to prettify and instead of a table I found a thread stand! I almost missed it, hiding in the corner on the floor. It was actually two pieces that ended up just snapping together, and it was already painted gold which goes with the room I put it in. 4 bucks and about 5 minutes is all it took, and it had it's spot on the wall! I love it, and now I just have to find all my bracelets and rings and hang them up...here it is:
It isn't the stand kind which is great because it can be on the wall, not taking up space on my vanity or the bathroom counter. I also like that it fit in this spot because it used up wall that nothing else looked right on.
If you find one with legs they could be taken off easily, and you'd have the same wall hanging display as this one, but I also think it looks great as a stand if you have the room! Alright there it is, hope it's useful!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jewelry Displays (part 1)

Hello. My name is Aubrey. And I, am a shopaholic.

That's right, clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry...you name it, I have waaay too much of it. That's the problem with living with your parents while working full time/two jobs and only paying for school. The rest of your moolah goes wherever the heck else you want it to..and I reeeally like shopping. So now I'm in a new house with a poor boy who realizes, too late I might add :), that he got not only me but ALL my stuff. I feel bad, I do, but I also really like said stuff. I got rid of a pretty decent amount when I moved in, but it's still pretty bad, and I decided I should come up with interesting ways to store all my stuff. Putting purses and shoes in the closet in my craft room, reorganizing drawers and closets that could be more functional if shown some love, and using normally unused wall space to display jewelry.

The first project I did was a necklace..hanger? holder? I don't know what to call it but I like how it turned out haha.

Step 1: I bought a plain wood shelf from Hobby Lobby, and painted it white.
Step 2: I bought a pack of tea cup hooks.
Step 3: I measured and marked dots on the underside of the shelf where I planned to put the hooks.
Step 4: I hammered starter holes with a small nail in each spot to make it easier to screw in the hooks. Those can be screwed in by hand and then tightened with pliers.
Step 5: Figure out where you want it on the wall and then measure, mark where the screws go and hang it up (of course I like guesstimating so i put it up crooked about 3 times..as long as you never take it off the wall again you'll never know, right? heh heh)
Step 6: Hang all your necklaces up, stand back, and admire your craftiness!
The last picture of it isn't that great, but I really love how it looks. Right now I have random earrings and headbands on it, but eventually I'll put a painting up there. I like it because it uses up the wall space above the toilet in a functional way. I might have hung a picture there normally but now I can use the space to display my jewelry (and it's way better than having them tangled up in jewelry boxes!) and I can still put art up there too. Yay!

Hope this ones useful to other jewelry hoarders out there :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Room redo: Kids room

Well look at me sucking at being a better blogger haha. That idea lasted about two weeks I think. Oh well, at least I came back...eventually...again :) And I'm way excited to show one of the things I've been up to!
My love's daughter is almost four years old and was in a room that still had baby toys, and care bear decorations EVERYWHERE. Don't get me wrong, I loves me some care bears, just not in the randomly placed wall decal and bedding set form.
I wanted to redo her room and since we don't have her with us all the time I decided to do it when she was away and surprise her! I figured out what I wanted to do with the space and bought all the things I needed, but put it off (surprise, surprise) for about a month. I couldn't decided if I wanted to paint the walls or leave them white, but monday morning I had a
moment of inspiration and left for the paint store before I got distracted! I'm so glad I did because the room only took me a day and a half to complete and I am in love with it! I've been going in to admire it at least 3 (..10) times a day haha. So without further ado, here are the before and after pictures----

Her room isn't this messy normally, this was after I decided to paint and I piled all of her stuff in the middle of the room.
Just randomly place care bears on boring white walls.

I've since added polka dot curtains that I made out of the top sheet from her new bedding. I figure kids always kick those to the bottom of the bed anyway so I might as well get better use out of them!
I got rid of any baby toys and put larger toys in the closet so that there isn't a lot of clutter around the room. The doll house and easel get the most use so those stayed out.
So there it is! Hope you like!
We're actually surprising her with it in a few hours, I'm excited! Hopefully she loves it! If not maybe I'll sleep in there! ;)