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An old frame and chicken wire upcycled into a jewelry hanger!

Dec 19 2016 -
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I’ve been holding on to this frame since 2013. It used to be attached to this old dresser, though it was clear that it did NOT belong there and literally fell off into my hands. It used to hold a spectacular old mirror that was in tremendously bad shape and though I tried very hard to save it the shattering was just too deep so I donated it to my wonderful aunt for her mosaics. I’ve seen many jewelry hangers online made out chicken wire and it didn’t take me long to put two and two together. I have a jewelry box (like most girls) but like with any box everything in it gets all tangled up together and I’ve been wanting a jewelry hanger ever since I made my mom hers out of a mirror. So, I got to work!

(Have you had a chance to check out DIYIdeacenter.com yet? I love them! It has become my new DIY favorite online hangout and, as of December 2016, it is in second place for referrals to my site just after Pinterest!)

Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger
Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

The frame was in four pieces but by some kind of miracle I had not lost any of them. I took it downstairs to my workshop, washed every piece thoroughly (no I wouldn’t normally use water but this frame was so covered with dust it was literally like a nasty second skin) and then I grabbed all of my clamps. With some wood glue and another little piece of wood added to the back for extra support I was able to get the whole frame glued and clamped together.

Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hangerUpcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hangerUpcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

From there I flipped it over and added several 1″ brad nails around it before carefully removing the clamps. Phew! It worked! I added a couple more brads to be safe and was quite happy that it didn’t fall a part.

Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger
Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

Here’s the thing, normally I would have sanded this down and stained it but the wood details were FAR too delicate and I hated how dark it was, seemed like all those pretty little details were just lost. So, I put two coats of white paint on it first and then I did a little very light and very careful sanding. A note here, when it comes to all those little details I knew I needed to be extra wary with the paint (I most certainly did not want to drown it!) so I used very little paint at a time – my brush was very dry throughout the process.

Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

Next I cut the chicken wire to fit into the frame and carefully stapled it down. (Yeah, I know I keep using the word “carefully” but everything about this frame seemed REALLY delicate to me, I am still shocked that I didn’t break any of those petals off of that pretty detail.) Strangely enough I couldn’t find any old chicken wire so I ended up buying some new stuff as a last resort so, oh well!

Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hangerUpcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger
Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hangerUpcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

I hung it up by my side of the bed in our master bedroom and covered the whole thing with all of my favorite dangly earrings! Can you tell I’m kinda stoked about this? I’m excited! I’ve never had a jewelry hanger before πŸ™‚ This was a pretty simple project that would work with just about any kind of frame. Lots of the DIY jewelry hangers I’ve seen on Pinterest use chicken wire and old window frames!

Upcycle old antique frame with paint, glue, clamps and chicken wire to make a shabby country chic jewelry earrings hanger

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57 Comments

  1. Ann Seabolt
    December 23, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Fabulous! I made a similar jewelry hanger for myself from an old frame I found in the attic when we cleaned out my late in-laws home. The frame was an old gesso frame that was gold it had some chipped spots that I touched up with gold leaf paint and I used ordinary screen wire that I lightly sprayed with gold paint. I hung all my dangly earrings on it & was even able to hang my hoop earrings on it by making some hooks that hook into the wire. It’s so much easier having them displayed out this way rather than looking through your jewelry boxes.

    • December 23, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Oh Ann, that sounds beautiful! I love having all my jewelry out now, no more digging through my box trying to untangle the earrings I want etc. Literally I discovered jewelry I totally forgot about when I put this together!

  2. Christina in FL
    December 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Oh Tarah, this is gorgeous! πŸ™‚ I can relate to feeling like you had to treat this frame super delicately. πŸ™‚
    I would love to take that dry white brush technique to the chicken wire also. πŸ™‚ REALLY make it pop against the walls. πŸ˜‰
    Thank you for the inspiration and great tutorial.

    • Christina in FL
      December 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      I nearly forgot!! Thanks for telling me about DIYIdeacenter.com !!!

    • December 27, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you Christina!

  3. December 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Great job saving that lovely wood πŸ™‚

  4. December 28, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Stunning project, Tarah! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while and now I can because you’ve given excellent instructions. You are one handy gal, that’s for sure πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with Vintage Charm, and Happy New Year!!

    • December 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you Diana! I’m so excited to have somewhere pretty to keep all of my earrings!

  5. January 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Great way to salvage an old mirror frame and turn it into something so useful. Pinned to share πŸ™‚

  6. January 31, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  7. February 2, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Turned out so cute!

  8. February 7, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I have seen lots of these but none so big and with such a pretty frame. Tarah it almost makes you want to go out and buy more earrings just to hang them on.

    • February 7, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Hey Mary, exactly! As soon as I hung it up I had the panicked thought of, “Oh no I don’t know if I have enough pretty jewelry for this! Darn it I might have to go get some more!” Thanks for coming by πŸ™‚

  9. Jann Olson
    February 8, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I have one of these hanging in my walk in closet, but my frame isn’t nearly as cute as yours. Love it!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  10. February 9, 2017 at 8:52 am

    You did such a fabulous job saving the frame and all those little details Tarah. It looks sooooo amazing against the wall. Beautiful

  11. February 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    This is so beautiful! Pinned it:)

    • February 10, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Thank you so much Sara!

  12. February 11, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    It’s amazing how you brought that frame back to life! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday Tarah!

    • February 13, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you Angie! This is definitely one of my all time favorite projects!

  13. February 15, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Obsessed! Pinning this and hoping I can come up with something half as good as this!

    #happynowlinkup

    • February 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you!! I’m obsessed with it too – I just love it!

  14. February 19, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Such a great idea. Love how you can add all your earring on this.

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays last week. You are one of my features this week πŸ™‚

    • February 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you so much Claire!!

  15. JES
    February 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Very clever! I love how it came out! You always have such creative ideas! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

  16. February 26, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    This is fantastic! I love that you were able to transform that amazing old mirror into something new! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday; I’m featuring your project in my round-up for this week’s party, which goes live tonight!

    • February 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you so much Emily!!

  17. February 27, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Wow, Tarah! So pretty and imaginative — and useful too! This project has it all! Well done!
    Catherine

    • February 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much Catherine!

  18. February 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

    ‘love, love, LOVE this project! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  19. February 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve seen it done with fabric behind the wire as well. Definitely going to be adding this to my to-do list finally but finding a frame to rival yours is going to be tough!

    • March 1, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Hey Trudy, I was SO excited when this turned out, it was really easy to do! Thanks for coming by!

  20. March 1, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    This is so cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
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  21. March 7, 2017 at 2:13 am

    One of the prettiest wall jewelry holders I’ve seen. Love the frame! Visiting from Tutorials and Tips party.

  22. March 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

    What great results and well worth all the effort

  23. March 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Well I just love this idea ..its looks beautiful! Great way to upcycle!

  24. March 20, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Fun! Both my girls are staring over my shoulder asking me to make them each one πŸ™‚ Thanks for the upcycle idea. Visiting from Family Joy Blog Linkup

    • March 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Hope, I totally get it, I wish I had made myself one a long time ago, love that I have everything all hung up and safe πŸ™‚

  25. March 21, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    This is amazing! You make it look so easy πŸ™‚

  26. April 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    What a genius idea to use chicken wire to hang jewelry! I’ve never worked with wood before like that so I might have To try it one day!

  27. April 26, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love the contrast of the frame against the darker wall! πŸ™‚

    I’d like to invite you to share this at the Farmhouse Friday link party. I will share it with a direct link back to your post on all my social media, including on the DIY Farmhouse Style Facebook group. The link party opens Friday morning at 6am PST. I hope to see you there!

  28. May 12, 2017 at 2:46 am

    That looks wonderful… It is a decoration all its own.

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