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I picked up this window at the Habitat Re-Store for $5 about a week ago and I had a plan to turn it into a wall mounted jewelry organizer. Surprisingly, Matt didn’t think I was insane.

I was afraid the clear panes would look a little weird on the wall so I picked up a can of frosted glass spray paint from Home Depot. I had never used it before but it was really easy and turned out great. All you do is wash the glass and then spray two coats on. It was finished in less than 20 minutes.

I picked up a box of small hooks and painted those with the oil rubbed bronze, drilled pilot holes and voila!

The hooks will easily hold necklaces, bracelets, and rings, but what about earrings? I came up with a solution that I thought would work. I drilled holes on both sides of one of the panes and wrapped the hooks with jute.

Jute wrapped hook

With a little super glue the jute adhered perfectly to the hook and allowed me to pull it tight as I wrapped the other side. I added two screw hooks in the wall and two wire eye lags to the top of the window for hanging.

I still haven’t decided how to handle stud earrings, but I was thinking of picking up a few of the organza bags from Michael’s and then hanging those. Do you have any ideas? This is now hanging on the wall of our closet (opposite the clothes rack).

Finished!

Also, the paint color is Behr Surfer Blue (I just couldn’t resist the name…it is amazing what has meaning to you when you live in a landlocked state).

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All Thingz Related Trash to Treasure Tuesday

I love Pottery Barn. I don’t think there is anything in their catalog or on their website that I wouldn’t love to have in our home. However, I don’t love the prices. So, when I saw these wooden buoys I thought to myself, “I can make those” and I did.

Pottery Barn Buoys

Well, only two so far. I haven’t been able to put my hands on a non-treated 4×4. Home Depot doesn’t sell them and I haven’t checked Lowes or Woodcraft yet. Does anyone know if it would be okay to use a treated 4×4? I am hesitant since they will be inside. I forgot to take “before” pictures of the wood, but I bought two scrap pieces of poplar 3x3s for $0.50 each at HD. Next I cut the tops with a 45º angle with the miter saw. (I’m hoping to borrow a miter saw that cuts 60º angles for the last one)

I painted them with regular acrylic pain, using painters tape to ensure straight lines.

Numbers printed

I printed the numbers off of the computer and traced over the paper with Sharpie. The marker bled through enough to see the outline on the blocks. Painted on the numbers and added some jute for the rope. Here they are (with a total cost of less than $5.50 for the pair)…

Did I mention that the best thing about making these is being able to pick numbers that have significance to you? The 417 stands for April 17, the day Matt & I met. 828 is for August 28, the day we got engaged. The last one will be 1231, December 31 is the day we were married. For those of you that don’t know us personally, all of those were in the same year. Yep, less than one year after meeting we were married (and bought a house). There is a lot of truth to the saying, “when you know, you know.” I fall more in love with him every single day.

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A Soft Place to Land, Room to Inspire, The Virginia House