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

on July 27, 2012

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:

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
After that I got out some thick lace ribbon I had laying around.

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.
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.
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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