DIY Jewelry Organizer From Shutters

A tutorial for a DIY jewelry organizer made from old shutters!

I am so excited to share this project! I've been working on it for quite a while now. I finally finished it up yesterday afternoon. It was a great day to work on such things.

I picked up some shutters at a thrift store not really knowing what I would do with them. After letting them sit around the house for a while, I realized that the slats were the perfect size to hang my earrings on. And then I got a scathingly brilliant idea: turn those shutters into a jewelry organizer. My poor necklaces have been sitting in a box all crumpled together for far too long.

A tutorial for a DIY jewelry organizer made from old shutters!

They weren't real pretty to begin with. Just brown and dirty. I cleaned them off the best I could and then started priming. I used spray primer on one side but then ran out so I got out a brush and primed the other side with Valspar primer.

I originally planned on using a brush to paint the entire thing but went with spray paint to save time. I used a few different Krylon and Rustoleum spray paints. Just because I had to try a few different things...yes, that's it. I painted one side with Krylon in bright white in satin finish, and then tried to use Rustoleum white in flat finish on the other side. I'm not sure what was up with the flat finish but it turned powdery and I could just rub it off.

Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint used for a tutorial for a DIY jewelry organizer made from old shutters!

I ended up vacuuming it, sanding it a bit, and then painting both sides with Rustoleum Universal paint and primer in one in white satin finish. I think I've found my new favorite spray paint. It went on perfectly. This isn't a sponsored post and I'm not getting paid to say that, it just worked really well!

Hanging Hardware forA tutorial for a DIY jewelry organizer made from old shutters!

After painting, I sanded it, banged it up a bit with a hammer, and then attached hanging hardware to the back. This distressed my shutters more since they were laying on concrete while I was hammering away at the hangers.Then, I pulled my drill out and drilled four little holes across the top{but not all the way through!} for my cup hooks, and then screwed them in. And then the moment of truth...

A tutorial for a DIY jewelry organizer made from old shutters!


A tutorial for a DIY jewelry organizer made from old shutters!

So next time you see random shutters lying around, you will grab them up, yes? Yes. Your necklaces will thank you.

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  1. This is really cute - I made a bracelet organizer out of an old mug tree - love original organization items... found you through Give me the goods Monday - am a new follower....

    1. Thanks! It's so fun to find new uses for old things!

  2. What a great idea ! I love this ! I have been looking for an idea to organize my jewelry. I will keep this idea in mind when the time is come to make my own :) found your blog through suburb mama party !


    1. Once you get the paint on{minus the mishaps that I seem to attract), it actually goes together really easily. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This looks really effective, thanks for sharing.

  4. This looks great! I am in the middle of a jewelry storage nightmare and am definitely looking for ways to store my jewelry. Thanks so much for sharing this at the Pinworthy Projects Party :)

    1. Thanks! I was definitely in the middle of one too before I got this little thing up!

  5. What a fun idea to use shutters to hang jewelry on! I have some piles of necklaces that need organized really bad!!!

  6. The hanging tips are beautiful more than making it look neat.


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