A Little Paint, Much More Function

Posted By on February 7, 2011

I had a little problem. Several of my bulkier necklaces wouldn’t fit into my slender jewelry box, and I wanted to find a way to keep them organized and handy. So I created these:

My Hobby Lobby pink jacket hanger knobs-turned-black necklace holders keep me fashionably organized.

During a trip to Hobby Lobby, I found two pale pink metal jacket holders with crystal knobs. The metal itself was embossed with fleur de lis. Perfect, I thought.

What was even better was that I was there on a day when all of the wall decorations were 50% off. Hobby Lobby enthusiasts also can find a regular coupon on the company’s website.

Tweak your treasures to fit your personality

I knew when I bought them that the baby girl pink was not the color I wanted or needed in my turquoise bedroom. So I unscrewed the pretty crystal knobs and painted the metal parts with a couple coats of black craft paint.

When it was dry, I reattached the crystal knobs which popped even more, as they say, with the black background. I hung them up on my bedroom wall near where I keep my jewelry box using wall anchors.

I divided up my necklaces and placed them on the knobs. Voila! The necklaces are organized.

Paint makes everything new again

When I complete a project like this, I think of my neighbor Josie who lived in my first apartment complex when I moved to Galveston. She and I loved going to junk shops to find stuff for our apartments, and she gave me some great advice: “It doesn’t matter what it looks like because you can always paint it.”

So true! It’s an adage that I still live by. Just this past weekend, I found an “as is” picture frame at IKEA that was used for a display model. It had a couple of scratches on the frame itself, and I knew that I could cover those up with paint or even a Sharpie marker – another great tool.

My faded green lawn chair on the left. Newly painted chair, right.

During the past year, I’ve been using the power of paint to transform. I bought some spray paint for plastic and have spray painted my faded patio chairs. So they go from faded dark green to a spritely spring green.

Re-painting an object can bring new life to it. And even organize a few baubles.



One Response to “A Little Paint, Much More Function”

  1. Lauren Halagarda says:

    I love that you’re a crafty girl, Janice! Me, too (or I used to be, anyway). I have a table and chairs awaiting the warm weather for a paint makeover in black- can’t wait until it’s done!