26 December 2010

Pottery Barn Jewelry Holder

Finally, I can write my post about an awesome Pottery Barn knock-off I created!  My friend just walked out the door with it as her 2010 Christmas gift.  I can only take credit for the grunt work not the inspiration.  I have been drooling over the real McCoy since I got the Christmas Pottery Barn catalogue (yes, I like to spell that word the British way...don't ask why...I've always been obsessed).  PB wanted $29-$49 dollars for this little invention:
I loved the idea for the earring hanger.  I think it would look so chic hanging in the bathroom.  Even a little vintage.  And the empty frames are so in right now.  I knew I could make it happen.

I bought some frames for $2.00 each at a local junk store.  Here are the ones I found:
My first step was to chose one and spray it.  I went with the square brown one.  My friend's bathroom is dark with brown and black accents, so I sprayed it black.  Next, I sanded it and distressed it for the Pottery Barn look I was going for.  This allowed the browns to show through.
The final step was to stretch the wire on the back of the frame to created a place to hang the earrings.  I used simple jewelry wire and thumbtacks.
I tried a few different ways, and after a little logical thinking and troubleshooting from the hubby, I ended up stretching the wire on the back of the frame as shown below:
Measure out where you want the wires and press the thumbtacks about 1/2 way in.
Tightly wrap the wire around one end and push the thumbtack firmly into the frame.
With gloves, tightly pull wire and wrap around opposite thumb tack.  Push deeply into frame.
Clip excess wire.
That's all it took, folks.  About $5.00 total for this project with plenty of paint, thumbtacks and wire to make about 20 more.  Here are some after pictures:
Instant art.  Functional.  Easy.
I'm excited because this project sparked an idea for an office project that I can't wait to get started when I find a large enough frame.

What DIY projects do you have brewing up?  Did you make any personal gifts to give this Christmas?

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  1. I made my sister a PB inspired wine lamp for Christmas. It turned out to be very cool, at least I thought so. I am going to have to try this idea out. It looks easy enough...

  2. SO cute! Love that idea. I made my own PB lamp. Instead of paying $100 for it, I spent less than $50! :)

  3. I would love to see pictures of the DIY PB lamps. Why don't you upload them to the {twenty}something Facebook page for others to see!

  4. Great project! I think I will have to make a few of these myself. Blessings

  5. so lovely! would love for you to link up at our link-up party!

  6. take that, PB! ^^)

    thanks for sharing at our linky party!


  7. omg thanks for sharing that!!! i have the old window panes from old houses and i redid them to put pics in the window and let my kids paint theres..but i couldnt' find the right way to hang the wire to keep the pics up and looking right..lol im goin to try ur idea!!!!! thank you!!!

  8. That is an awesome idea! You have to send me a pic when they are done? I am working on a spin off on this idea on a larger scale to clip pics on for my office. Sounds like what you are doing! Good Luck.

  9. I saw your guest post over at Thifty Decor Chick and saw that you recreated these PB Jewelery Holder, and I must admit that this has been on my "to-do" list for quite sometime now! So excited to see that someone else loved it as much as me (now I just gotta get around to doing it!). I love how your turned out!!

  10. I really like this. I've had frame sprayed waiting to house my jewels. I've seen similar holders, but I think the thumb tacks rock. How easy peasy and just what I am after. Oh, and love that all your projects are in one place!

  11. omg! I love this!! Totally going to do this :)

  12. Such a great idea! Going to do this today!

  13. Today, I finally made one of these for myself. I love it! Thanks for the great idea! :)

  14. Thanks for your tutorial. This is my project this week.

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