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It’s a new month (and year!), which means it’s time for my latest upcycling project to appear on The Good Life Blog! I know everyone always talks about “Spring Cleaning”, but let me tell you- January, for me, is all about the purge! Decluttering, cleaning, organizing, and donating to Goodwill is a great way to start off the new year- who else feels that way? This post contains affiliate links that help you find the products I used in this tutorial.
Since I *love* a good jewelry organization & display project, I decided to create a new organizer using a wooden silverware tray that I found on a thrifting trip.
It was a nice solid piece and in pretty good shape- just a bit scratched up from the forks and knives of its past. But when I was getting ready to paint it, I was pleasantly surprised to see “Made in Romania” on the back!
NOT something I see every day. Well, my good pals at Landrum Eclectics informed me of something very interesting. Apparently “Made in Romania” (or Yugoslavia) was the “Made in China” of the day in the 1950s and 1960s, especially for cheap knock-offs of higher end Danish Modern pieces! Isn’t that wild?
Anyway. So, I painted it a soothing jade green (but not the back- I liked the “Made in Romania” stamp).
I decided to jazz it up with some stenciling- something I’ve never tried before!! I used a shiny gold for my sunburst stencils, and I LOVED how it turned out! Who says an organizer can’t be pretty?
Then, I added some small hooks to hang my necklaces on- inexpensive cup hooks in gold tone. I didn’t overdo it with the hooks- I used the exterior “walls” because the wood was thicker and sturdier than the interior slats. Plus, I didn’t want necklaces to get tangled from hanging too close together.
Last, but not least, I needed to add a hanging mechanism! Because I had one in my garage, I added a D-ring hanger to the back. But other hardware- such as a sawtooth hanger or hanging wire- would have worked just fine, too.
And the big reveal- hung on the wall and filled 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 in this fantastic organizer!
As always, I encourage you to visit the original post (and check out the other contributing bloggers!). 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…