Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Jewelry Display Frames - Pottery Barn Knockoff

For a while I have been looking for a new way to store my jewelry.  I've been using a little wire dress form and while I like it, it's not quite big enough.  I saw these display frames one day when browsing around on Pottery Barns website:

They're sold out on their website so I don't know what the price comparison would be.  I had purchased a few frames in the past to use for something (I didn't know what at the time!) and otherwise used things I had on hand. 

Here's the before:



Cute floral pictures, but not my style. I also used the frame which I made into a seashell display. I decided that seashells are better in smaller displays, at least for my purposes.

 I started by removing the glass, pictures and backing out of each frame.  I also had to remove lots of staples from the larger frame, which I did with some pliers and lots of clenching of my teeth. 


The larger frame was made to hang in the "profile" direction so I moved the hanger so it would hang "landscape" style. I removed the hanger with pliers and, after measuring to find the middle, hammered it in to the new position. If you do this be sure to put some towels under the frame so you don't mash the molding.


I brushed on three coats of craft paint (using almost a full bottle for all three frames) then one coat of polyacrylic finish. It really made the color brighter to do this step instead of leaving it matte.


The larger frame is the necklace holder so I measured to evenly space five hooks. I just used cup hooks I had from another project.


When drilling the holes I put a little piece of tape around the drill bit so I would not drill too deep.


For the other two frames I stapled some spring twine (for upholstery) to the back. I used a couple of staples to be sure it was sturdy.


Here is the final result (I like how it's pretty much a functional version of the empty frame gallery):

Jewelry Display Frames

Necklace Display

Earring Display


 Including the frames, which I picked up at yard sales, and a little bottle of craft paint, my total cost was about $4.  I'm sure that beats Pottern Barn by more than a little bit. :)
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  1. Very cool! I love this idea. I have been wanting to do something like this too. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. This is PERFECT for what I'm doing in my master bathroom hallway!! Thanks SO much for posting this, I'm going to start work on it tomorrow!!

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT !!! I have an old gold frame i found in the trash i think will work wonderfuly !!thank for your insight!

  4. They look terrific! Love the red! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Super cute! I love the color and the round one! I've been wanting to display my jewelry for a while and am finally getting around to making something.

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  6. Great job! Definitely a Potter Barn competitor and a much better price :) Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. WHOAAA!!! I am amazed at what you've done! I'm SOOOO going to try this for myself - seriously awesome! Thanks a ton for sharing it!!! (visiting from someday crafts)

  8. Very fun! Love the red!

    Deviantly Domesticated Team

  9. Thanks so much for posting this! I am sooo going to do this!

  10. What a great job!!! I'm digging these... and have already thought of a place where I can hang them in my room! :) Hope Mr. Woodsy doesn't mind! Stopping by from Sew Woodsy! :)


  11. I love this. I'm bookmarking for future use.

  12. I love this - i need to do one for all of my bracelets and necklaces. Looks like a fun crap to add to my summer file.

  13. love this! i plan on copying this asap!

  14. WoW!!!! What a great Idea! I'm going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing ~ please come by and say hi sometime!!!

  15. Nicely done...I have so many empty frames lying around and now have a cheap way of using them. Thanks for sharing!

  16. This is the best thing ever! Thanks so much for posting it.

  17. Wow! Pottery Barn can take a hike. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. You did a great job! Love the color.

  19. these started out so ugly and now are so stunning! Fab job!


  20. CAtherine, your jewelry display rocks! Linking up this awesome post with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

  21. I found a shadow box at tj maxx I was thinking about doing this too, your idea is much better!! I will have to do this!

  22. Just letting you know that I featured it today at Recognition Day Thursday :) Please feel free to grab the feature button in my sidebar.

  23. This is beautiful! I saw you at Homemaker on a Dime, and had to rush over and see this. I'm a new follower on Google and FB. This is in my favorites now, too. I've tried to do jewelry hangers with canvas, but this looks much nicer.

  24. just lovely! And oh, you made it to this week's votation round for May's finest. votation starts today and will run for a week! good luck!

  25. this is what I need for my jewelries. thanks for sharing the ideas. God bless!

  26. Ooh, love it! I was just this morning thinking that I need a way of organising my jewellery so I can actually see it all!

  27. damnit. Now I have five thousand and one things on my to do list. Already planned on making the necklace display, but now I have to make an earring one too.

    :) Thanks for sharing, doll! Love the red!


  28. This is such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. THanks!


  29. I like the flower motif, and the frames are nice too.

  30. You probably could use a clear transite or fishing line instead of the jute cording too! Love it! Good idea!

  31. With one's hard work and creativity, the appeal of a room will indeed change for the best. One sample if this post, a painting with the right frame will truly accentuate the area and home builders Missouri as well as owners will be delighted with the results. This will definitely inspire those who are looking for ideas on how to improve their living spaces.


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