This is probably my favorite DIY project that I’ve ever completed! It took months to finish simply because I didn’t want to rush the layout and design. As many of you who personally know me, know that I have quite the extensive jewelry collection and that coupled with my obsession of clean and orderly inspired me to create this DIY jewelry organizing wall.
Ok, here comes the slightly “odd” portion of this project; the location. I actually decided to create this jewelry wall in the master bathroom toilet room. I can only imagine what you’re thinking! The thing is, our toilet room is a long and narrow space and ultimately a wasted space beyond the actual toilet. There are 10 foot ceilings so it seems a bit more spacious and with one tall, blank wall hidden behind the door it was the perfect spot to create my DIY masterpiece.
To obtain any of these photos, you have to picture me sitting on the toilet bowl tank and leaning as far back as possible. What we do in terms of photography!
The nice thing about this space is that there is a window, which gives plenty of natural light and keeps it from looking like a cave.
I started this project back in April with my Dad. You may remember a similar post I did a few months back on creating a DIY rustic accent wall for my bathroom. We hung the planks at the same time and then my Dad left and finishing this project was left completely up to me. Hence it took till August to finish!
I used the same cedar fencing planks as I did with that project and actually applied the stain after I had the boards up. You could certainly stain them before nailing them to wall, it’s just a preference. The one thing I would recommend is investing in a brad nailer. This is commonly known as a nail gun and it would make your life much simpler than the method we chose which was to hammer in nails piece by piece.
Now that I had a big, beautifully rustic planked wall I needed to get to work on building the organizational part. Not too long ago I shared another DIY / craft project on making your own earring display cards. I can let the secret out that creating those was for this organizational project!
Since I already had all the earring cards, I needed a place for them to be stored. I grabbed 10 pieces of .5in x 1.5in x 36in CRAFT wood. The wood itself is already really beautiful with it’s grain lines and soft finish, so all I had to do was trim them down to 30 inches and apply multiple coats of stain. The one thing I did notice is that this type of wood does not soak in stain like the cedar planks did. Just note that.
My earring display cards were 3in x 3in and 2in x 2in. What I ended up doing was making two boards that would fit the 2in x 2in earrings (which are my studs) and then 3 boards that would fit my 3in x 3in earrings. All I did was measure (starting .5 inch in from one side) off 2 or 3 inches and then make a mark. I did this down the entire length of each board. Using a 1 1/4in finishing nail, I hammered them into the spots indicated leaving a substantial portion of the nail exposed.
After nailing the pieces of CRAFT wood onto the plank wall all I simply had to do was place the earring card right onto the nail. This was a great way for me to organize my earrings and easily be able to take stock of what I had and pick out a pair to wear for the day!
Next I had to create an organizing solution for my necklaces. Needless to say, I have a lot of them and they range from delicate chains to big, statement necklaces. I toyed around with using knobs to hold my larger necklaces, but ultimately decided to stick with a cohesive look throughout the project as it was far less damaging to the wall behind it.
For this step of the project I used the same CRAFT wood pieces, but this time needed to drill holes along the bottom to allow for cup hooks. I spaced the drill marks 1 inch apart to give ample hanging space. Using a small bit, pre-drill a hole on the bottom of the board. This will make your life much easier and save your hands from a lot of pain. I used 5/8″ inch brass plated cup hooks and simply screwed them into the pre-drilled holes.
To help you keep track of where we’re at right now, I’ve created 5 earring boards and 4 necklace boards. Attaching them to the plank wall was easy, but then the fun part came where I finally got to display all my jewelry (well my necklaces and earrings at least)!
Note : The wall is so tall and I couldn’t get any further back to show you the entire thing. There is actually another row of necklaces on the bottom that you aren’t seeing!
I’m a visual person, so if I can’t see the jewelry you can bet it won’t be worn. I wanted to create an organizational space that would inspire me to wear all of my jewelry. None of it is real, it’s all costume jewelry and part of the way I exude my personality. Now, at a glance, I can see everything I have and say to myself “ohhh I haven’t worn that necklace in a long time. Let’s wear that today!”
As Sean likes to say, it gave him something to look at when sitting on the loo! It may not have been the ideal location to garner inspiration for your next outfit, but it sure did make the space much more functional. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my DIY jewelry organizing wall and if you love it, share it with your friends on Pinterest!