guest blogger - Barb from Knack Studios:

November 10, 2010

You all know Barb from Knack Studios - she's just the sweetest :) I really love this DIY she's put together for us today, how brilliant! I personally have a lot of jewelry so this would be just perfect for me, what about you? If you haven't seen her blog, you must stop by. Follow her on twitter and facebook as well! Thank you x 1000 Barb for putting this together for us today!

Hello, hello! It is wonderful to be here with all of you today! I have a little project up my sleeve, and wanted to share it with you.

I used to make these jewelry stands all of the time, but have gotten so busy with my furniture friends that I neglected the small projects!

Then, a few months ago a friend of mine asked me to make her a couple, and so I decided to whip out all of my tools and give it a whirl! Are ya ready?! Let's get to creating!


*modge podge
*square wooden bases { I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can use any square of wood that you like!}
*old balusters
*nail gun
*small paint brush
*spray paint
*found pieces to add detail
*orbital sander
*amazing goop epoxy

1. Turn the wallpaper sheet over on the reverse side and measure and trace your block of wood on the paper. Then cut out your square of wallpaper.

3. Use your small paint brush and apply modge podge to the wood base. Apply the paper, making sure that you press firmly and make sure that all of the air bubbles are out. I will add that if you would like a distressed look, you can sand around the edges of your base to distress the paper a bit, but make sure it is good and dry before you sand.

4. Let the paper dry and then put a coat of modge podge on top of the paper for protection. Set the base aside.

5. I chose to paint the balusters that I had a really great gray/blue, but you can paint them any color that you like! You can also leave them unpainted....the choice is up to you.

6. Once the paint is dry, get out your orbital sander and sand over the baluster until it is distressed to your liking.

7. Go back to your bases and put a small dab of epoxy on the end of the baluster and attach it to the base. Make sure that it is centered on the base, and that it is secure for the drying time.

8. When the glue is dry , it's time to pull out the compressor and nail gun! { my favorite part!} Flip the jewelry stand over and shoot at least three nails into the bottom of the base into the baluster attaching the base securely. Please make sure that you use all safety precautions when using your power tools!

9. Now is the really fun part! You get to add all of the details! Gather any and all found objects, old hardware, knobs, etc. and figure out placement on your jewelry stand. I like to put some sort of knob about halfway down for added hanging space. But you can use whatever you think looks best for your piece.

10. The baluster has four sides, and you want to use three nails per side. Take your hammer and place one nail in the upper center of the first side. Place the next two staggered on either side. Repeat this step on all sides.

You are ready to hang your jewelry on your new fantastic piece! I hope you enjoyed this project, and thank you for having me here today!

14 hello's:

  1. Such a original idea! thanks for sharing!

  2. yup! i am the same way - needing some pretty to organize my jewelry! love this.

  3. What a fun DIY project that looks so lovely! Now to find "old balusters"! Wish listed for my next flea market jaunt!

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  4. I am going to try this... such a creative idea....


  5. ah! so cute! i can imagine a few of those aligned on a table and just being a cute design all on its own :) thanks for sharing!

  6. Can't wait to make this - brilliant!

  7. I think Barb has the creativity of three godly women in one! Love this!

  8. whoa!!! loving this! i totally need to make a few of these! (also loving all the guest blogger posts danni!!)

  9. so fun! this would be great to convert into a wall/shelf-type conversion...idea not completely formed. please don't judge my thinking out loud here! thanks for the great inspiration!

  10. Love this! I love repurposed vintage finds, although I'm not the best at visualizing them. :)

  11. Wonderful project! Thanks for sharing! I'm off to scower our garage for something cool to use like this....


  12. This is such an awesome idea! Looks great and thank you for sharing!

  13. Barb, you're pretty much the shiz! i love that you put the girlie touch of the floral wallpaper on these and still used basic nails to hold the jewels! love it. xo


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