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September 05, 2012

Guest Post from Barb Blair of Knack Studios

You guys probably remember Barb Blair from the amazing ornament tutorial she shared with us last year. Well, she is back to share another fun tutorial and I am more than thrilled! Barb is super creative and has an eye for design. I know that you are going to love the project that she has for us today. Welcome to the Good Life, Barb! Thank you so much for sharing!


Hello, hello! It is wonderful to be here with all of you today! I have a little project up my sleeve, and wanted to share it with you.
I used to make these jewelry stands all of the time, but have gotten so busy with my furniture friends that I have neglected the smaller projects!
Then, a few months ago a friend of mine asked me to make her a couple jewelry stands, and so I decided to whip out all of my tools and give it a whirl! Are ya ready?! Let’s get to creating!
*mod podge
*square wooden bases { I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can use any square of wood that you like!}
*old balusters
*nail gun
*small paint brush
*spray paint
*found pieces to add detail
*orbital sander
*amazing goop epoxy/ or wood glue {for attaching the baluster to the base}
1. Turn the wallpaper sheet over on the reverse side and measure and trace your block of wood on the paper. Then cut out your square of wallpaper.
3. Use your small paint brush and apply mod podge to the wood base. Apply the paper, making sure that you press firmly and make sure that all of the air bubbles are out. I will add that if you would like a distressed look, you can sand around the edges of your base to distress the paper a bit, but make sure it is good and dry before you sand.
4. Let the paper dry and then put a coat of mod podge on top of the paper for protection. Set the base aside.
5. I chose to paint the balusters that I am using here with a really great gray/blue, but you can paint them any color that you like! You can also leave them unpainted….the choice is up to you.
6. Once the paint is dry, get out your orbital sander and sand over the entire baluster until it is distressed to your liking.
7. Go back to your bases and put a small dab of epoxy or wood glue {whatever your preference is} on the end of the baluster and attach it to the base. Make sure that it is centered on the base, and that it is secure for the drying time. You will be nailing this in the next step for added stability, so make sure the glue is good and dry before moving on to the next step.
8. When the glue is dry, it’s time to pull out the compressor and nail gun! {my favorite part!} Flip the jewelry stand over and shoot at least three nails into the bottom of the base so that they will attach the baluster to the base securely. Please make sure that you use all safety precautions when using your power tools!
9. Now is the really fun part! You get to add all of the details! Gather any and all found objects, old hardware, knobs, findings, hooks, etc. and figure out placement on your jewelry stand. I like to put some sort of knob about halfway down for added hanging space. But you can use whatever you think looks best for your piece. I want you all to get really creative with color and details to truly make your piece unique!
10. Using your hammer, add nails to the top of the baluster for hanging your jewelry. A baluster normally has four sides, and you want to use three nails per side. Take your hammer and place one nail in the upper center of the first side. Place the next two nails staggered on either side of the first nail. Repeat this on the remaining three sides.
You are ready to hang your jewelry on your new fantastic piece! I hope you enjoyed this project, and thank you for having me here today!

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