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Yesterday I showed you my crib curbside find that I made into a subway art scripture sign.  Then I teased you with the glass knob on it, pulling you in, hoping you’d come back today to see WHAT IS BEHIND DOOR #1!. I decided to make a jewelry organizer with the crib as the door. Yes it is big but it serves two purposes — art and storage.  My favorite combination, and I can’t tell you how much I adore it!

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So this where I left you yesterday…with the crib side all painted and stenciled with a scripture verse.  Next I built the jewelry organizer frame behind it.  Here is how I did it.

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old crib side

(2) 1 x 4’s

1/4” luan cut to fit the back of your frame

1/2” x 2’s poplar (I used six 3’ pieces)

air brad nailer

air paint sprayer

wood glue

3/4” cup hooks (I used 67 of them)

electric drill

drill bits


paint & supplies (I used Sun Safari by Dutch Boy)

30” continuous hinge (AKA “a piano hinge”)

pencil for marking

magnetic catch

mollies for hanging it in place


1. I measured my crib piece and decided I wanted the frame to be the same size which was 30 1/2” wide by 31” tall.  So I cut two 1 x 4’s to 31” and two of them 29”.  I made sure the smaller ends were butt up to the longer edges so you couldn’t see the butt (from the side) when hung.  I used wood glue to secure the frame in place and then I tacked it with 1 3/4” brad nails.

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2.  Next I measured the back and had Home Depot cut a piece of 1/4” luan plywood down to 30 1/4” x 30 3/4”.  Then I wood glued and tacked that onto the back of the frame with 1” brad nails.

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3.  Now the next part is going to be based on your jewelry.  I started from the bottom and wanted to allow two rows for bracelets.  I cut two 1/2” x 2”s the length of the inside of the frame spacing them 4” apart from one another. Then I cut four pieces lengthwise for my necklaces spacing them 3” apart from the other and one 5” apart from the other.  Then I predrilled all the holes for the cup hooks varying the distance between them according to my jewelry.


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4.  Then I primed and spray painted (with my air paint sprayer) all the pieces Sun Safari by Dutch Boy.



I laid all the pieces out to make sure it all fit right.


5.  I screwed all the cup hooks back in first then I used Gorilla wood glue and my air brad nailer and tacked the dividers together.


Then I attached the dividers and the bottom bracelet divider onto the sides and top of the frame with 1 1/4” brad nails.

6.  I used cup hooks and some metal cable chain (Brand: Blue Moon Medium Cable) to attached three lengths of chain from the inset of the crib door with cup hooks (predrill the holes first).  This is where I will hang all of my earrings.

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7. Then I laid out the crib door and the frame (predrilled the holes) for the piano hinge and screwed it in place.

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8.  Next I screwed some mollies into the drywall and attached it to the wall.  I definitely needed my husband for this part as it is awkward to hold it open and drill it into the wall at the same time.  I used two screws/mollies which are capable of holding 75 lbs.

After it was on the wall I realized I needed a magnetic catch to keep the door shut.  So I attached one of those.

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Then I had fun hanging all of my jewelry…

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and then closed it when I was done…

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{Squuuueaaaallll!} I am so proud of this.  I stepped out of my comfort zone a little with all the measuring and building.  But I did it…such a huge sense of empowerment!

Do you want some other ways to organize jewelry ?

Check out my paint stick jewelry organizer


 How to Make Bracelet Displays


 Pegboard Earring Display

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  1. Hot, hot, hot! Love it.
    I need to set you up with some Cookie Lee!
    Now if I can only get my friend to exchange
    the crib I loaned her and have her take the
    toddler bed.

  2. Oh. My. WORD! This is so fabulous my mouth is just hanging open. (And let me just assure you that it’s going to drive even more traffic to your blog!) I love it and think it’s great that you stepped out of your comfort zone for the building part–something I haven’t quite mustered the courage to do.

  3. Get out of here with this!!! AMAZING! I cant tell you how much I love this!!! Let the gates of Pinterest open…and flood the pin boards with this lovely jewelry organizer! 😉

  4. Great job!! This is awesome. My girlfriend has a giant full length mirror that opens up to a jewelry container. I’ve been wanting to make one and love your use of the crib for it.

  5. This is absolutely fabulous! And creative! And one-of-a-kind!

    I’m now a follower. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

    Incidentally, I told my hubby today that I have seen 2 cribs on the curb this week alone. I am a big chicken though and didn’t want to get out and pick them up while I was alone. Rethinking that…

  6. That turned out so cute! I admire your perseverance with some of the projects you’ve made. You have a lot more creativity than I do…or maybe it’s patience…hmmm.

    Anyhoo…I’d like to place my order for one about now. 🙂

  7. Whoa! That’s an amazing roadkill rescue! I’m so impressed (and curious where you stored all that jewelry BEFORE you made this awesome storage piece)!

    I just took down our crib for the last time and I’m thinking about what I want to do with it now. I know there’s gotta be a great use for it! Maybe a mini couch for the kiddos….

  8. That is a really creative way to reuse that crib! Also I’m jealous of your fab jewelry 🙂 And that you have enough wall space in your bedroom to hang it HAHA!

  9. Brilliant, Beckie, brilliant! I love the color combination and your choice of a verse – is there a more perfect verse to look at EVERY day while you’re picking out jewelry?! Love this!

  10. You SHOULD be proud…this is amazing! You did a beautiful job on this…my daughter is always looking for jewelery storage, and I will definitely be showing her this!

  11. I love this! Who woulda thought? You are so creative. Thanks for the idea. Now if I could just find one of these…..

  12. HOLY MOLY! Not only is this the CUTEST thing ever, but I am SOOOOO jealous of your jewelry collection. Awesomeness to the one-hundredth power!!

  13. This is BEYOND AMAZING!!!! I absolutely adore this project. It may even be my most favorite to date!!! 🙂

  14. Wow, the only jewelry I wear are my wedding and promise rings my husband gave me, but seeing your little creation is so inspiring that now I want my own jewelry collection! Absolutely love it! Great job!

  15. OMG, this is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!! I want one! Like seriously, I would pay a lot of money for this. You are so creative!

  16. You drew me in with the post about “what should I do with the other half of my crib?” I had to find the post of what you did with the first half. That is SUPER creative & I LOVE it. I could use something like that. I had all my jewelry hanging inside my closet door with a neat organizer I found at the discounted store but alas, it was too heavy & finally knocked my sticky hook to the floor. I love the word art on the outside too! I’m huge on quotes & scripture. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing with us. I am told that I am creative but I am the copy what you see creative gal instead of coming up with an entirely new idea. So thanks for lending me so faboo ideas! I greatly appreciate it. 🙂

  17. SUPERB…. if you don’t say it.. nobody’s gonna believe that you transformed those crib pieces into such a useful and beautiful thing. If I had thrown those pieces of crib and saw this post, I would have came running to your house to grab the transformed crib pieces. Yeaaahhh… I am mean when it comes to such wonderful things **wink**

  18. Wonderful job, it’s beautiful. Your dad will be proud of you for your creativity.
    I’m proud you stepped up to the plate and allowed all that God has blessed you with to produce something that is useful. Enjoy.

  19. I absolutely love this!!! That is wayyyy super creative. I don’t know if I ever would have thought of doing something like that. Verrrry neat! 🙂

  20. Beckie, you are quite the finished carpenter! Wowy, zowy! Can you make me one… hehe! Seriously, though, I love it!

    Miranda @ Just Drink a Coke.

  21. I have been trying to find a jewelry organizer that would work for me and if you have specific things you want, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find JUST what you want. But this is so close to what I want that I am inspired to try a version that would be exactly the way I want it. Thank you, thank you! I love it!!

  22. this is amazing – great job and you made it look so easy!!!! i never would have picked up crib pieces!!!!! fantastic. i’ve been away and it is taking forever to catch up on my blog reading. so glad i came here tonight!

  23. I love it, what a great idea for one of our triplet granddaughters..they are 19…I could spend alday looking at all this stuff..

  24. I have been looking for some ideas for Christmas presents. This is wonderful. I have 2 daughters ages 19 and 31. Of course they have a ton of jewelry. What a great idea. I am going to get the materials together and get my hubby and myself working on them. Thank you so much for this!!!!

  25. I am actually builing one for my sister for christmas. Using a cabinet door i found at an Architecutal Salvage store. I’m so excited and the jewelry queen is gonna love it.

  26. Your jewelry organizer is beautiful in so many ways. Old cribs often do not meet federal safety standards and need to be thrown away rather than handed down. This is a wonderful way to salvage the wood and make something beautiful and useful. I love the message too.

    Please erase “Check yourself says”, because he is a troll and God will smite them one day along with the daughter’s of Zion. :))

  27. Just saw your project…looks so great! You’ve helped me figure out what to do with all my non-dangling earrings so, thanks! Love the scripture on the front, too.

  28. wow!!! great idea and great job LOVE the color I have two old headboards that are sooo getting used now!!

  29. Found my way here from your paintstick project — Love this verse – and how handy to have your jewelry behind it. Your projects always inspire me! Jena

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