A couple weeks ago, I saw this post on Organizing Made Fun, and I really liked the wall mounted jewelry box. My jewelry was in a regular box on a shelf in the back of our closet. It was hard to get to, hard to see what was in it, and I realized that I almost never wore jewelry anymore because it was out of sight, out of mind.
A wall mounted box would fix all of that, and I looked online to see how much they cost. I saw small ones for $50 and big ones for $200 (probably more than my whole jewelry collection is worth).
So I started thinking about ways to make one. My first idea was to find a picture frame at Goodwill and then build a box to mount it on and add hinges and hooks.
So last week I poked around in the picture frame section to see what I could find, but nothing caught my eye. Then I wandered over to another part of the store and spotted the perfect solution: A nice medicine cabinet, for eight bucks.
Here’s the medicine cabinet (it was in great shape, so I didn’t have to do anything to the outside of it) mounted on the back wall of our closet:
As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect – and much easier than my original idea of building my own box and adding hinges to attach a mirror or picture frame to the front. The medicine cabinet came with good quality hinges already in place, and it even had two adjustable shelves that I knew I could use in my jewelry box if I repositioned them.
Here’s the inside, after about 20 minutes of work:
All I did was add a couple rows of hooks. I cut two lengths of wood (1/2 inch thick, 1 inch wide) to fit across the back of the box. I glued them in place and then drilled holes through the outside edges of the box, into those strips of wood, so that I could nail them in place from the sides. Then I drilled 12 small holes across each board, spaced an inch apart. Into each hole (with lots of help from our four-year-old), I added a screw-in hook. I bought the hooks with a gift card that my MIL had given me, so I only spent eight dollars on this whole project. But the hooks were another eight dollars, so the entire thing cost $16.
Here’s the necklace rack:
And the bracelet rack:
I got the little bowl at Goodwill for 49 cents, and I’m using it to hold a few sentimental pieces.
I’m thrilled with how this turned out. Several years ago, I had my necklaces hanging on a wall-mounted strip of wood in our bedroom. It was easy to see them and I wore them all the time, but I no longer liked the slightly cluttered look of having them out in the open. I love that the medicine cabinet is mounted right on the wall of our closet so that I see it every time I walk in there. My jewelry is much more accessible, but still behind a door. I will be wearing it a lot more now (I discovered stuff I had forgotten I owned when I cleaned out my old jewelry box).
So if you love the idea of a wall-mounted jewelry box but don’t love the price of them, check out your local thrift store, Craigslist, or Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a nice medicine cabinet. In less than half an hour you can have a wall-mounted jewelry box that you can customize to fit the jewelry you have, for a fraction of the price of a store-bought box.