Thursday, June 9, 2011

Found Driftwood Turned Into Jewelry Organizer

While working on Cami's room makeover I came up with a fun way to organize her jewelry.

A couple times a week I meet up with a foursome of my girlfriends for our weekly beach volleyball workout.  I found this cool piece of driftwood at the beach near our court.  Actually my friend Cheri found it and didn't want it, so I took it home.  One of the benefits of high tide is you never know what the surf will bring in?  The bad news is we have to clean the seaweed off our court before we can play.  It's all part of the workout. 
I cleaned this really well and left it out in the sun to dry.  I didn't want any possibility of bringing a smelly(dead) minuscule sea creature into the house.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at the time, but I was in the middle of Cami's room makeover so I had horses on my brain.  So far for the room I have found a bamboo chair, a dresser, I painted, refinished the concrete floors, made a light fixture, and added some horse wall art.

I thought the driftwood might look cool as a wall hanging? 
 Maybe with hooks on it for Cami's purses, or scarves, or jewelry? 
I can't tell you how many times I have had to untie knots out of jewelry chains for my girls.  Hooks seemed to predictable so I came up with another idea.

Plastic horses for my horse loving girl. 
 I found the horses in a package at a toy store.

I started by spray painting them white.

I wasn't sure at the time if this would hang horizontally or vertically?  It works both ways.  I drilled screws into the back of the driftwood so they extended through the front about a half inch.  Stagger the screws so the jewelry won't over lap the one hanging below it.

Here is the back of the driftwood. 

Then I drilled a small hole into the back of the plastic horses about half way in and twisted them onto the screw poking through the front. 
Shish Kabob Horse.
(sorry horsies)

At this point I thought it was done? 
I loved how it turned out, but it was a little too rustic for Cami's room. 
The little white horses were hard to see on the driftwood.

Trial and error is a big part of my DIY projects.  I took it apart and spray painted the wood white and the horses bright orange.  I added a picture hanger to the back.

I like the texture and the functionality it brings into the room, plus it was almost free. 

Now Cami has a unique jewelry organizer.

No more knotted chains for me to untangle and she loves the horses.

If I had boys I would use trucks or dinosaurs.

Thanks for checking it out.

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  1. Absolutely brilliant! You have the best ideas :)

  2. I love the white/orange combo! Great job!

  3. I have a horse loving girl here too!!!! Genius idea!!!

  4. I love this, it's so cute! Some of my favorite colors! FUN!

  5. oh my goodness! I LOVE this!! So Anthro!! great job! And I totally had to laugh about your painting DIY disaster! I think I would have just died if I had spilt the paint. Especially b/c my BIL is sooo picky about his carpet-it would not have been pretty.

    Have a great weekend!!

  6. This is one of the most creative things I have ever seen- great job!!! I love the colors that you chose too, very fun. I can't wait to see this room completely finished!

  7. Good job! Very fun way to make something out of not-a-whole-lot :)

  8. Wow that is so clever! And quite unique. I love it!

  9. horses have a little place in my heart..because, as a little girl i had one.
    so,...i LOVE this! what a wonderful idea. im now a follower!
    check us out!

  10. Ooh! I love this project! You're so creative! I can relate to the trial-and-error part of DIY. But in the end, you have a beautiful finished project! I, too, like the orange horses on the white driftwood better. I've brought in sticks to decorate before, but I haven't thought about spray painting them. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Definitely very cool! I love your ideas and your attitude!


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