Hobby Lobby Shelf Hacked to Jewelry Box

shelf before and after3

I love this little shelf and the look is great if it were going to fit in to a more rustic setting.  However, the Princess wanted a jewelry shelf similar to what I use to organize mine.  I use an old scrapbooking shelf that I’ve repurposed to house my many bobbles and is a bit larger in scale.  For the space being utilized in the kids’ bathroom, this is the perfect fit for the wall and all her sparkly goodies will have a place.  The drawers will store earrings, bracelets, and her vast collection of lip gloss.  The hooks on the bottom are the very thing she needs to hang necklaces on.  This piece really is ideal for her needs, like it was custom made just for her.  It just needs a few adjustments.

shelf before

I found this little work of art on the clearance isle at Hobby Lobby for a mere $17.  It fit the part architecturally, but aesthetically, it  left something to be desired.  As lovely as it is, the ropes just aren’t that function nor very pretty to look at from a jewelry box standpoint.  Princess wasn’t crazy about the stenciled numbers either.

shelf take out rope

I pulled all the drawers out and removed the rope (and saved them.  You never know when you might need a bit of rope here or there).

shelf before paint

I put the drawers back in place and took it to my painting table.  I had no intention of painting the inside of the drawers, so sliding them back was the best way to get an even coverage without compromising the inside.


A quick coat of Flat Black Krylon did the trick.  I really only needed a quick coat since the wood would grab the paint nicely.  I planned on distressing it a bit in the end so it didn’t need to be perfect, just covered.


These knobs spoke to me the minute I saw them.  I knew they would be gorgeous on this piece and they were half off so it was destiny.

jewelry shelf

Here she hangs in our freshly revamped bathroom.  Beautiful, cheap, and so simple.  Check out the bathroom makeover HERE.


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  1. […] with giant black numbers stenciled on with ropes as handles.  With a quick little makeover, (click HERE to see the transformation) it became the beauty that it is now and fits perfectly in this space.  […]

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