Quick poll: How many of you plan to make Organization a new year’s resolution?
I always plan on doing just that- whether I’m simplifying, tidying, or just putting my home in order- but before I know it, half the year is gone and I’ve made minimal strides. Here’s hoping 2016 proves to be different- and maybe this little upcycling project will help me get on the right track from the start! One thing I almost always find while shopping at Goodwill are wooden silverware/flatware trays. So when I spotted this one, I tossed it in my cart. I decided that one of my first organization tasks would be to get my jewelry neatly displayed, and this tray would be perfect for that. In typical Sadie fashion, I gave it a couple of coats of paint- I choose a soothing jade green, which I already had on hand. To add a little panache to my soon-to-be jewelry display, I stenciled on some sunbursts with shimmery gold paint- I just love that color combo! In order to hang necklaces- both short and long chains- I screwed in some gold cup hooks, which you can find at any hardware or home improvement store. I opted to insert them into the inside top and sides because the wood was thicker/sturdier than the interior dividers. Last but not least, I needed to add a hanging mechanism! Because I had one in my garage, I used a D-ring hanger. But other hardware- such as a sawtooth hanger or hanging wire- would be just fine, too. And the big reveal- ready to hang and fill with some of my prettiest baubles! I loved that this particular tray had little cut-out handles, which I used to hang some of my clasp bracelets from. And I was able to set boxes, earrings, and brooches on the little shelves- no wasted space! Now I can’t wait to find more trays to create a jewelry-themed gallery wall- I’m thinking coral paint on the next one… Happy New Year and Craft on! Sadie