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DIY Jewelry Holder made from a vintage spice rack 7-27-12

on July 27, 2012

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So one of the first things I found on pinterest when I first signed up was a blog on how to make a jewelry holder from an old spice rack! The original blog post can be found here:
http://theladeedah.blogspot.com/2011/08/jewelry-rack.html

Once I bought everything it only took a day to complete!
Here’s what I bought:
1. Spice Rack – I found one on etsy.com for $7!
2. Package of brass cup hooks – I used 11 total, just go with whatever size you think is appropriate, I used 5/8
3. Package of steel wire nails – size 1/2 x 19
4. Galvanized Hardware Cloth – 1/4″ mesh, try to find the smallest roll possible, I ended up with a huge 5ft roll
5. Wood Putty – to cover the nail holes
6. Sand Paper
7. Can of Light Gray Gloss Spray Paint
8. Can of clear acrylic sealant
9. Lace Ribbon

Things I had on hand:
1. Hammer
2. Pliers
3. Large Silver push pin
4. Newspaper
5. Small Hand Saw (not necessary, I just used it for my project)
6. Wire cutters or scissors
7. Stapler and Staples

Ok so here’s what my spice rack looked like before I started altering it:
ImageIt was pretty dinky looking and I was very worried I was gonna ruin the whole thing once I started using the hammer but luckily it held up.
Next I decided to pry off the two wood pieces that were on the front of the spice rack as well as the bottom big wooden piece. The way I accomplished this was by carefully using the hammer to kind of hammer out the pieces. Once I got them some what broken, I was able to carefully hammer the nails back out of the wood and used the pliers to grab them out.
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Thankfully the two little wooden pieces held up cause I reused one later on! Next I hammered out the bottom piece. After that I measured the length of the inside of the spice rack and cut one of the small wooden pieces to size with the hand saw. Then I used the small wire nails to hammer it carefully into place at the bottom of the spice rack.
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After getting that all done, I used the wood putty to cover up all of the little holes and imperfections in the spice rack. Then I sanded the whole thing down with the sand paper. After that I screwed cup hooks into the spaces where the front wooden pieces had been (4 total), and then I screwed in 7 cup hooks into the bottom wooden piece I had just attached.
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After that the spice rack was ready to be painted! I put down a ton of newspaper outside and carefully spray painted the spice rack with the light gray paint. Here it is after one coat. I ended up using two coats total.
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After letting the first coat dry, I resanded the entire spice rack to help get out some of the drip marks I accidentally made. Then I sprayed the second coat on and let it dry. After letting it completely dry for over an hour, I then went back and sprayed the entire thing with a clear coat acrylic sealant.

Next up after it was completely dry, I took out the hardware cloth and cut it down to size. Instead of two separate pieces I decided just to use one whole piece on the back. This was probably the most time consuming part of the entire project. Once everything was cut to the perfect size, I used a stapler to staple the hardware cloth to the back of the spice rack. I used A LOT of staples, just to make sure it wouldn’t come off at all. Here is what it looked like after it was all stapled on.
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After that I got out some thick lace ribbon I had laying around.
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It was too thick to go through the little existing wall hanging pieces, so after cutting out the length I needed, I then cut it down the middle. Then I carefully threaded it through the little holes of the wall hangers and tied it in a bow at the top.
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So that is the finished jewelry holder! All that was left to do was hang it on the wall and hang my earrings and necklaces on it! I used a cute large silver push pin to hang it from the wall.
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I used the cup hooks to hang my necklaces from. I also used the bottom part of the spice rack to hang my longer earrings from. The top part was used to hang the smaller earrings I had. I still am going to buy some sort of small dish or figure something out that I can put my stud earrings in, and maybe some of my bracelets. Overall it was really easy and it looks great hanging up!
*Side Note – the brass cup hooks aren’t great for spray painting, and the paint kept coming off. I would say either keep them as they are or buy the white version of them.*

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