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From Spools to Jewels

Gina GainesMany years ago, I purchased a couple of imperfect spool racks to use in my sewing area. I didn’t mind that a few of the pegs were missing since they were only a buck each. When I moved, my new sewing area didn’t have a wall to mount them on, so I put my spools of thread in a plastic drawer bin, where they remain today. I didn’t discard the racks because I was sure such a useful shape would eventually find another purpose. After adding a few pieces of cedar stripping pulled from the interior of the closets we ripped out of our current house, the spool racks were dismantled and transformed into a lovely jewelry rack.

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The bars that contained all of their pegs were used on the far right section for bracelets and miscellaneous items. I spaced them farther apart than they were on the thread rack, so there would be enough room for the bracelets to dangle. On the center left section, I pulled out every other peg with a pair of pliers, then filled the hole with wood putty and sanded it smooth. This created a space where large round bracelets would fit nicely. 

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The extra pegs from those rows were used on the center right section for necklaces. I drilled a small hole between each peg and, after dipping the damaged ends into a little glue, inserted the pegs into the holes.

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For my earrings, I used a small piece of leftover cedar paneling ripped from the enclosed carport remodel. After cutting wavy-shaped holes in the center of two small rectangular pieces, I just glued them together with a pretty scrap of lace between them. Placing the lacy frame on hinges allows me to get to the backs of the post earrings.

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My jewelry rack is built to fit one of the short walls of my dressing room, but you could create a shape to easily fit any space. I was nervous about painting that wall black, but it really made the jewelry shine!