Introduction: Decorative Necklace Organizer
Well, even though this is my first 'ible, It is one for my wife, and a little effeminate. That's OK though, it turned out really great and i got a ton of "good husband" points.
It is a rack that fits on the back of her closet door to keep all (actually about 2/3) of her necklaces tangle free! My wife is something of a fashion-ista and has a ton of jewelry, some of it expensive. She is kind of rough on them too because she wears them pretty much all of the time. This was my solution to keep them from being damaged, tangled and lost..
Lets gather some tools.
You will need, a level, tape measure, mounting brackets and screws, eye hooks,pencil, and rubber feet (from furniture section in Home Depot) .
I used a 2x4 sheet of MDF board about 1/4 inch thick. Im not sure about the prices on a lot of these items, because most of them I had stored in my garage. I got this stuff from Home Depot and Lowes.
These are most of the thing you should start with.
I then had my wife set out all of her necklaces onto the board in order to calculate the proper number of hooks that we will insert.
We put the longest necklaces along the top and the shortest ones along the bottom. We calculated about 16 evenly spaced hooks would do the trick.
Draw on the board and mark out the evenly spaced places to pre-drill holes. I used a dremil tool with a bit slightly smaller than the eye hooks screw bit. I then marked the board to cut off the excess, (the part that would get in the way of the door handle. I forgot to take a picture). About 6-8 inches.
I then glued the excess piece that I cut off of the bottom, to the back and top of the board for extra support later. I also sanded the two boards so the Gorilla wood glue would get a great seal.
Clamp the two pieces together after applying glue and clamp them GOOOOOD. Use scrap wood to keep from damaging the pieces. Make sure you give them plenty of time to dry. I just left it overnight.
Now that the glue is dried, attach the mounting brackets the the back of the board. I put dabs of hot glue onto the screw heads to prevent them form scratching my counter tops. (I like to paint in the kitchen).
I then sanded the whole front part of the board so that it will take and hold the paint that im going to apply.
I went to the internet and found a pattern that my wife liked, a leopard print, and printed it out to give me an idea of what to paint on the board.
I used a roller to paint the first 3 coats of paint so that no brush strokes were left on the finish.
I painted the black patterns onto the board first and the gold/brown highlights on last. This step I used all acrylic paints because they dry really fast and are very durable because they are plastic based. ( the base coat was acrylic too).
Notice that i had to hags the top of the board off of the counter due to the brackets.
Notice also that I had chicken-pot-pie for dinner. This part was crucial.
Now its time for the annoying part. Pliers might help in this next step.
Screw in a eye hole hook to each of the pre-drilled holes that you did in step 3.
This took some patience. The top of the board was thick enough that the screws weren't noticeable on the reverse side, but the second row went all of the way thru. Not to worry though, movin on.....
Flip the whole piece over and stick those rubber feet onto the back of the board to prevent any of the crews or the board itself from scratching the door that it is to hang on to.
P.S. on my wifes closet door, I had to cut notches out for the hinges. This may not be need for all door, but if so, you can use a jigsaw or a japanese pull saw like I did.
I used hot glue to make sure the adhesive would always hold.
Make sure to NOT put these feet onto the board that you glued to support the brackets. Then it wont properly attach to the door.
Next, almost there, attach the whole thing to the top of the door of your choice! In my case, it was the inside of my wifes closet door. I had good clearance between the door and the frame so there was no need to countersink the brackets.
One screw in each side will be enough because the weight of the whole contraption will be pulling down, not out.
Hang all of those necklaces up and have your dog inspect your work!!!!!
I hope ya'll liked my first 'ible, there will be more to come if all goes well!
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