Goodwill Blogging: Thrifty Jewelry Organizer

Goodwill Blogging: Thrifty Jewelry Organizer

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 for your crafting convenience.

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.

Vintage wooden silverware tray organizer at Goodwill for upcycling /

Finding project treasures on the Goodwill shelves…

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!

Made in Romania vintage wood flatware drawer insert for repurposing /

…with a little help from Cottonball, of course!

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).

Painted wooden silverware tray from thrift store for jewelry organizer /

Like I always say, paint seals out its previous life!

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?

Stenciled wooden silverware drawer insert from thrift store for jewelry organization /

Well, now I might be officially addicted to stenciling…just sayin’!

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.

Upcycled thrifted silverware wooden tray as jewelry display and organizer /

Looking good!

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.

Upcycled wooden vintage silverware organizer for jewelry organization /

Ready to hang and fill with baubles!

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!

Repurposed wooden silverware cutlery tray to upcycled DIY jewelry organizer display by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.comurposed silverware tray to jewelry organization DIY craft project /

From silverware to silver…wear!

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…

Craft on!


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  1. salvation army is a non-profit organization, goodwill is a profit business

    • says:

      There is a lot of info out there about different thrift organizations- but at the end of the day, for me, it’s all about buying used/second-hand goods instead of cheaply-made new goods. The environmental (and socio-political) impact (or lack thereof, with used goods) means more to me than anything else. 🙂

  2. As usual, genius~just genius! My mind doesn’t work like that (if at all)I would never think to do that with a silverware tray! Such a lovely color you chose, too! Bootiful!

  3. Love it! Let’s just call it recycling which is great for our envoirement!…..You made the circle of a product complete by using it again and gave it a new purpose!

    Salvation Army> is an evangelical Christian organization with some anti…..[not going into that] becauae they do good work for the homeless, teenage mothers and addicts/ outcasted people.

    Goodwill> makes a practice of employing people who usually can’t find work and facing a big distance to the regular labor market, due to [light] disability, mental or physical.

    (I am in The Netherlands and there, they are both foundations, so Non- Profit)
    So they both have their GOOD WILL to show ;-D

  4. I am loving that color you used so much, next to aquas your teal is perfect and so soft looking. Leave it you to use a utensil drawer for your jewelry, awesome and so perfect, looks fantastic. Looks a very nicely made one also, not cheapy flimsy wood. Great project. What was that paint and name of color you used on this?
    Happy week

  5. girlfromwva says:

    love this! i usually find my best bargains at the local Hosparus Thrift Store…

  6. I am going to tell a friend of this project as she is always seeking nice ways to organize her jewelry.

  7. I will be keeping my eye open for these kinds of trays, this one is great, love the color too!!
    Thanks for stopping by to share this week!

    Have a great day!

  8. Such a super cute idea! I’m saving this on Pinterest and sharing it elsewhere!

  9. Wonderful repurpose Sarah! The color is beautiful with the additional gold stenciling. Love it! Pinning and tweeting to share! Thanks for being a part of Brag About It!

  10. This is awesome! I love your creative vision with a piece that had outlived its usefulness. Trolling the thrift store for gems in the rough is one of my favorite things to do.
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Love the colour and love the idea of reusing an old thing rather than buying brand new plastic everything. Further to some of the other comments, here in the UK we don’t have Goodwill, we have charity shops on all our high street for all manner of different charities. All goods are donated and there are so many you can pop in to several in one shopping trip just to see if anything shouts “take me home” to you as you pass!

  12. Well you’re so clever! It looks great! I’ve never seen anything made in Romania or Yugoslavia before.


  13. Love it! I will be looking for a silverware tray to repurpose. Thanks for sharing.

  14. What a cool project Sarah!! I absolutely love what you did with the silverware tray (and the colour is wonderful too!). Thanks so much for liking this up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week. You are one of my Featured picks over at Recreated Designs tomorrow. Hugs, Lisa

  15. Sarah, Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! Tweeted to share this awesome project again 🙂

  16. What a great way to upcycle that old tray. I love the color you chose. I love Goodwill Shopping for finding lots of soon to be treasures. We’re happy to have you sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted.

  17. Very clever idea!

  18. This is awesome. Clever and CUTE! Thanks for sharing.

  19. What a great idea! I would never have thought of this! Thank you so much for sharing over at Celebrate Your Story!

  20. Great upcycle! I wish my mind worked more like this when perusing Goodwill. Thanks for the thrifty inspiration!

  21. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Super cute, functional and thrifty! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. I LOVE how you re-purposed this! The paint color is so pretty and it works great as a pretty jewelry holder!

  23. What a pretty and neat idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  24. Sarah, I love this! The color is great and the gold stencils are perfection!

  25. This is so cute, I love it! I also love that stenciling pattern and color match up. I’m also addicted to stenciling, but I do hate the messy clean up lol Coincidentally, I also did a jewelry container DIY hehe

  26. What a clever idea!!! I never would have thought to use the tray that way! Great repurpose! Thank you for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!

  27. Your upcycle crafts are always fun and functional. I love seeing your new ideas on your blog. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday.

  28. Good Morning!! I wanted to let you know that your post has been selected as a Feature for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!! Stop by this morning to see your post linked up and don’t forget to grab your “Featured” button too!!

  29. Sadie, popping over from #2usestuesday to thank you for linking up your wonderful post with us! Love that color and how useful it is! I hope you have a fantastic week!


  30. I’ve always wondered what I could do with a cutlery drawer, thanks for answering that question!

  31. I love how this turned out! Thank you for sharing at the Celebrate Your Story Link Up Party.

  32. What a great way to upcycle something!! Good find and great project! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!

  33. Very clever and I love a good find with some history!

  34. Oh my goodness! I love this! I’ve been stalking your blog for some time now as I look at all your sweet stuff from Jemma’s blog! Absolutely love this idea an the color is so pretty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  35. Oh how smart!! Smart and pretty too. I see your things all over Pinterest, Sarah. You are taking the world by storm. 🙂

    Happy TOHOT!

  36. Super-clever and pretty! Great color and cool way to organize some jewelry!

  37. Love this idea! I actually have an extra holder in my yard sale finds so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!

  38. What a super cute up-cycle project. I will be featuring this at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens Tuesday evening at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  39. I love the idea, and the colour is super pretty! How cool is that stamp on the back, hey?? Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Sarah!


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