Sunday, May 28, 2017

Starting to relax.....

Now that tax season is over and I have returned from the Texas trip for Mom's funeral, I have finally had a bit of time to do some things that have been on my list for a LONG time!! 

The first of these was to do something about storing my necklaces.  For many years I have hung them on the rungs of an expandable rack and it has worked fairly well, however in recent years I have added more and more (mostly from our trips) and something else was needed.   Here is a photo of the original racks although I had already removed a bunch of the necklaces before I remembered to photograph it!!!

My original thought was to buy another rack but then had the idea to make something with wooden strips and small nails.  So, after a quick trip to Lowes to procure supplies, I headed out to the workshop to see what I could come up with. 

I decided to play a bit first and see if it would work and immediately found a problem....
.....I am not good enough at nailing to actually get the nails in straight!!!

So after some thought, I decided to pre-drill the holes and use the holes as a guide to place the nails....
It worked SO much better!!!

I measured the closet to figure out how much room I had and then measured my necklaces to determine how far apart the shelves needed to be to allow the necklaces to hang properly.

Once I had the three original shelves made I decided that I wanted to hook them all together so that I could just use two screw to attach them to the wall.  I used Gorilla Glue to attached the hanging bar and then added a wood screw from the back to further secure it.....

I only had one incident with this!!  I had a small open area where it didn't make sense to hang necklaces so decided to make it shorter and put my bracelets on it.  This meant that there was a certain configuration that these two racks needed to be in in order to fit in the closet.   Unfortunately I glue and screwed them together in the wrong configuration!!

So, another trip to buy a few more boards and I was back in business.

Back in the closet, I leveled the shelf and screwed it in place.....

I had a wonderful time adding my necklaces and bracelets.....

.....and even more fun the next morning when I picked out a necklace that I normally didn't wear because I couldn't see it easily in the old configuration!!!

I made the earring holder many years ago, using screen wire attached between two wooden lathe strips.   The smaller one on the right was my original one but I really like the larger version better!!


Okay...that is one project down for the summer!!!!  

My desire is to be able to spend this summer balancing between the things that I HAVE to do, the things that I WANT to do and the things that have been long-term residents on my "To-Do" list.   Bring it on!!!

4 comments:

Sylvia said...

So cool! I am trying to learn a little bit about woodworking myself so that I can build little things like this. I just used a jigsaw for the first time yesterday, and all of a sudden I am overcome with the desire to skulk around in the power tool department in Lowe's!

francyne said...

Bravo! I love your solution to a perpetual problem. Would you like to go into business?

Karen S said...

You really have thrown yourself into everything and now look at how organised you are. Hope everything is all settled since your return from Texas.

Chris L said...

What a great idea! I have seen lots of gadgets in stores and online, but your idea seems much more practical and holds lots of jewelry. Bravo!

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