Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jewelry Medicine Cabinet

I don’t know about you guys, but my jewelry drawer was an absolute mess. Things were tangled up and completely unorganized. I’ve seen DIY jewelry organizers all over blogland, but none of them were quite what I was looking for.

Then one day the wheels were turning, and I came up with the Jewelry Medicine Cabinet.

I can hang my earrings on the doors.
And store
all my necklaces and bracelets inside.
It’s perfect and it all started with this frame I found at my local thrift store for $2.
My dad owns a cabinet shop, so when I was out-of-town visiting him a couple of weekends ago, I took my frame with me and ran my idea by him. He took me to his shop and made it happen for me.

(If you don't have access to power tools, be sure to check out this post HERE.)
Obviously he has a lot of professional tools that make it so much easier, but don’t worry, you don’t need them to make this.

Here’s how we did it:
STEP ONE: Build a box the size of your frame. (Or if you have an old drawer your box would already be built – you’d just need to find a frame the same size).
We took pieces that were 3.5” wide and mitered the corners, then used wood glue and small pins in the nail gun to put the sides together. If you don’t have a nail gun, you can use a hammer and nails.
You may have noticed that the pieces have a little cut-out in them.
My dad is a bit of a perfectionist, so he cut out an inlay in each piece, so the back piece could fit in the box and everything would be flush.
Then more wood glue and pinning the back piece in place with the nail gun.
My dad has a fancy machine that you can program to cut things for you, so he used that to cut out all the holes in the back piece. If I was just on my own, I would have used a drill bit and that would have worked just as well. We did 5mm holes because my dad had that size of dowels on hand.
STEP TWO: Make a face frame. Since we are attaching some hardware to this and don’t want to risk splitting the wood, my dad recommended adding a face frame to the top of the box.
The wood is just a bit wider and goes right on top with some wood glue and pins.
Go ahead and putty all the holes and cracks. Once it’s dry, sand the entire thing down.
STEP THREE: Make the doors. Cut the frame in half.
Add a strip of wood to the inside of the frame.
We glued it in place and used some vices to hold each door.
Then we also angled the nail gun and put some small pins in to really make it secure.
Put the wooden dowels in the holes and you are ready to paint.

STEP FOUR: Spray paint. I went with white and apparently forgot to take a picture of this step. Oops!

STEP FIVE: Add hardware.
I used my staple gun to add the wire mesh (hardware cloth/chicken wire) to the back of the doors. Then I added hinges to attach the doors to the box and put a catch at the top of each door.
It’s almost there.
The last thing I did was add some knobs on the front of the doors. Then I hung it up and filled it with my jewelry.

All done! Now my jewelry is organized and tangle free!
Hope you all have a great weekend!!!


  1. first of all, love the name 'jewelry medicine cabinet'... this is such a clever idea !!!

  2. Very fun! Nice to have a handy dad who is willing to help out! :)

  3. Great project! I think it's so clever that you cut a picture frame in half to use as your molding. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  4. beautiful! Thank goodness for handy dad's too :)

  5. It looks perfect! I've been eyeing the jewelry frames floating around blog land lately... But I think I like your box idea better!

  6. Super cute, Tam. I'm going to steal it next time you're out of town. ;)

  7. Great idea! Great Dad! Looks really neat.

  8. i love the idea! maybe i ca buy something similar i shop somewhere =)

  9. This is really cool! Wouldn't it look really neat as a bathroom cabinet with mirror glass instead of the net too? I think so... :)


  10. Lovely! Thanks for sharing! I wish i had one like this to organize my jewels! :-)

  11. This is absolutely the cutest idea! Great job


  12. Very cool, Tam! I bet you'll always think of your Dad when you look at it. Lucky to have him help you with it!

  13. Love It! Cannot wait to get the plans to hubby for him to make me one;)
    ~Jen @ frazzled five

  14. So I have this frame that has been driving me crazy tryin to find a home for it. NOW I HAVE :D Thank you so much. I'm not sure I will do jewelry for mine or utilize it as a bathroom pantry of some sort. My frame is gold as of now too :D Thank you for sharing!

  15. This is so cute and looks so easy - even without the cabinet shop! Thanks for sharing!

  16. To make this jewelery box from wood it really simple.It look so good and we can easily put jewelery in it.It look so sweet.Thanx to share with us great idea.


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  18. Tam! I love this! I so need one of these! :) It would work a million times better than my tangled up jewelry mess!! Thanks for sharing! XO

  19. This is brilliant!! I like that is does double duty in a neat little space. I found you through Oopsey Daisy and I'm following you now. :)

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  22. wow!!!!! i am impressed with your dad! :)

  23. Hi!!
    Its a very good idea to use wood to make a jewelry box for a person ,I really impressed.Wood has great potential for use as jewelry box like any other materials. It's lightweight, easy to work with, abundant, and, as a natural material. Wood also lends itself quite well to reuse. We can use a scrap of old hardwood flooring, or even just a neglected remnant from the corner of a woodworker's shop, and use to make our jewelry box.


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