Monday, February 4, 2013

Upcycled jewelry stand!

I'm a little excited about this project.... Here is your sneak peek.

Here's the thing.  I picked up 4 table legs (solid wood, heavy ones!) about 3 years ago (I know, I know) off the curb, and have been waiting for the right project to use them.  I'm VERY blessed to have a hubby who puts up with my collection of found objects until inspiration strikes!  Paired with a broken wire lampshade, I finally concocted the perfect idea, to make a jewelry display rack!  I started with this:

A solid wooden table leg, with 3" large screw sticking out of the top.  I fixed the broken wire parts of the lamp with electrical tape, and started wrapping to secure it.  At this point I was going to use ribbon, but I liked the way the tape looked, so I wrapped the whole thing.  (I'm glad I did, as the ribbon probably would have been too thick or bulky to hang earrings from.) Then I found a few wooden beads to put on the top for a little 'finial' effect, to cover the top of the leg screw thingymajig.  Next.... what color to paint?

A quick text to my master crafter gal pal Cindy and we decided on black. I was thinking maybe Tiffany blue, but I didn't want the holder to compete with the jewelry.  2 coats of matte black spray paint later... and it's taking shape!  I used a stinky heavy duty crafty glue to seal it all together.

Ta-daaaa!  On the table top.  Yes, I know, I  have LOTS of jewelry. NO, it is not too much.  Do you know how I know?  Because this is less than 1/2 of my necklaces.  So, judge me, see if I care. lol.  90% of this is handmade by me or another artisan (usually I trade paintings for jewelry when I do art shows) or gifts, the rest is vintage from thifting.
My finial turned out cute!  It's 3 wooden beads stacked on top of each other. :)

On the dresser in it's home-sweet-home.  Yay!  

If you don't happen to have a random solid wood table leg lying around needing a new life, you could totally just do this with an old lamp that doesn't work.  $3-5 at the thrift store will do just fine. :) 

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