Jewelry Organizer From an Old Door

When you move, all of your organization systems are magically *poof* gone.

Then you find yourself untangling necklaces day after day that you’ve been storing in a sandwich baggie in the bottom of your carry-on luggage.

It’s a quick way to go mad.

So I decided not to go mad. At least that day anyway.

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My favorite salvage item from our house in Oregon are these doors. They were in our basement and when we remodeled, I didn’t want to get rid of them.

It’s not often that you find doors with cool details that have not had a circle drilled through them for a doorknob. It’s like winning the architectural salvage lottery. These doors had dummy knobs installed on them decades ago, so they were never ‘damaged’ in that way.

They were custom made for a wonky, not-level basement, so they are not absolutely identical. Although you have to look close to realize it.

Here’s what the doors originally looked like when I saved them.

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Gross old door

Here’s how they looked after I spruced them up with white paint and chalkboard paint.

I’ve used the doors in my entry to hold wreaths.

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I’ve also used the doors to hold wood arrows.

And way, way, way back I used them in Oregon to display my children’s artwork, but that was before I took pictures of every random thing.

As a side note, the funniest thing to me about these doors is that it confounds every single moving company that I’m packing doors. I have to imagine they’ve packed some crazy, weird stuff. Why this trips them up, I’m not sure. It’s not like I asked the movers to detach the doors from the doorframe.

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Anyway, now the doors are filling a blank wall in our master bedroom.

I wasn’t sure what function, if any, the doors were going to fill in this new space.

Which brings me back to the dang necklaces in a sandwich baggie.

I needed them to be untangled.

Really needed that. For my sanity.

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I decided the doors needed to do more than stand there and look pretty.

However, I couldn’t bear the thought of drilling holes in my precious doors. I haven’t even written on them with chalk and I painted them with chalkboard paint, for goodness sake.

But I wanted a jewelry display with fancy hooks that looked pretty. Fancy hooks would have to be screwed into the door though.

But I also needed to get my necklaces out of the sandwich bag right. that. instant.

Do you see the tug-of-war happening in my head?

I fully own my issues. And I share them with you.

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In the end, function trumped the need for form.

I used some Command Hooks, from my stash, that wouldn’t damage my precious babies doors to create my jewelry display.

And I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would.

Ha! How’s that for brutal honesty?

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I could probably use more hooks, but I had a package of 6, so that’s what I went with in the moment.

I didn’t even measure for placement, unless you count standing back and eyeballing it measuring. Which I do.

As you can see, I excel at planning, patience and delayed gratification.

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I also believe in the frequent use of sarcasm.

Now does anyone want to see what I did with my bracelets? Normally I’d be happy to show you, but I can’t decide if what I did was ingenious or embarrassing. Maybe embarrassingly ingenious.

P.S. I saved a 3rd door from our basement remodel and it serves as a gigantic frame for all of my husband’s running bibs and medals.

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