Jewelry Rack, That Was Once A Chair

I love transforming things into something they weren’t originally intended to be.  Necessity is the mother of invention.   So when my need for a jewelry organizer could wait no longer, a great idea came to my mind.

I had this nice vintage chair I picked up a while ago.  My plans to  fix, paint, and reupholster it, never ended up happening.  My husband had recently been using the chair at his desk.   Once I decided I didn’t want to makeover the chair, I thought to re-purpose it instead.  I have a lot of “fashion” jewelry that I forget I have, because I don’t see it.  One day, I looked at the caning on the chair and thought it would be the perfect way to display my earrings.  I picked up the chair, turned it upside-down and held it against the wall.

And the plan for my new jewelry rack was born!

My plans included the following:

Detaching the back and arms of the chair, from the bottom.

Choosing a new fun Annie Sloan color, to add some femininity to the bedroom.

Go to Anthropologie and find some interesting hardware (i.e. hooks, knobs etc.)

And GO!

With the proper tools and precautions, I got to work separating the chair in two.

After I sanded down the rough area at the severing point, she was ready for painting.

I ended up selecting two shades of purple:  Henrietta and Antoinette.  I also used some Old White I already had, for some detailing.  Adding clear then dark wax on top of these beautiful shades, would create the look of a patina and tone down a little bit of the brightness.

These two ceramic hooks, add interest and a nice contrast because they are a  stark white color.  Both can be purchased at Anthropologie.  In addition to making the perfect loop to my earring hooks, the caning made it very easy to attach my animal hooks.

HERE’S THE FINISHED PRODUCT… MY NEW JEWELRY RACK

THE EASIEST WAY TO BEAUTIFULLY DISPLAY AND EFFICIENTLY ACCESSORIZE YOUR OUTFIT AT THE SAME TIME.

FAB.

THOSE ARMS ARE A GREAT SOLUTION FOR TANGLED NECKLACES.

I’M IN LOVE WITH MY NEW CREATION.

THESE GUYS MAKE ME SMILE.

HERE’S ONE MORE LOOK AT THE TRANSFORMATION

IF YOU CAN THINK IT, YOU CAN DO IT.  I HOPE I’VE INSPIRED YOU TO DO A FUN PROJECT THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR MIND.

HAPPY DIY-ING, TO ALL!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

The Art of Packing: Chicago Bound

So I’m going to Chicago for the first time and I’m only allowed one bag, so says my husband.  We’re only going to be there for four days but he’s gotta know a girl needs options!  I’m never good at packing, and by good I mean – I wait until the last minute and I bring everything I own.

Some people “pack in outfits.”  That doesn’t work for me; I just bring stuff without a thought of what I’ll pair it with.  I don’t know what I’m gonna want for lunch tomorrow, so how am I supposed to know what I’ll want to wear.  I usually end up throwing a fit and changing anyway, not in regular life, but when I’m away somewhere special.  In order to rule out packing sweaters, I’ve looked up the local weather of my midwest destination, and it seems to be in the 80’s.  I’m well aware that it’s Summer, but it can be easy to forget this – living in a year-round sauna.

Since I can’t decide what I’m NOT bringing yet, here are some things that will definitely make the cut…

I love Alice + Olivia and I love things that stretch, especially when traveling.  That’s why I’ll be wearing these wonderful jeggings, and flats so my feet don’t freeze on the plane.  Since I’m a wannabe fashionista, I may even wear the hat 🙂

Here are some fun/flirty tops, that are nice and light for the heat.  I can barely stand how cute the collar is on the cream-colored top.  I’m thinking I might wear that to our anniversary dinner on Saturday.  We’ll be celebrating five years together.  It’s especially cool because the 13th falls on Friday this year, just like the day we met.  See, it can be a lucky day.

Here are my age-appropriate shorts.  I snagged both of them from the JCrew factory store, for $20 each.  They fit great and are super-comfortable.

It’s neon if you couldn’t tell.  Another reason why JCrew is awesome.  A great fit and a great style.  I think I’ll add a few more dresses to the suitcase, it’s a good way to cut down on extras because it’s pretty much a two-in-one deal.

To sass up these outfits, shoes and accessories are a must.  These wedges are comfortable and give my stubs for legs some length.

These shoes are currently my favorite.  Jessica Simpson knows how to do a shoe.  They might be my favorite ever.  I’m not a heals girl, but these are easy to walk in and the leather and sparkle combo stole my heart.

I always bring a small bag for a night out and a cross-body bag for shopping and sightseeing.

Rose gold bangles are a staple for me, a watch and these “oh so summery” earrings will go great with my colorful attire.

Kate Spade bow and bead bracelet is so darling, I think it’ll be great for the anniversary dinner too!  Another great Nordstrom Rack find.

 

Now, last but not least, I never go anywhere without my retro-blue necklace from Forever21.  These complementary earrings can come along too.

HERE’S ONE MORE THING, THAT I WISH I COULD BRING, BUT SADLY CANNOT.

This is my Sea Shell(Sheldon).  He’ll be staying in Arizona and I already can’t wait for Monday to pick him up.  He’s my air.  I hope he’s not too upset with us.  It’s possible I’m getting misty-eyed as I type this…

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SHARING WITH YOU, MY EXCITING TRIP TO THE “WINDY CITY.”  I WONDER WHAT I’LL FIND.  I HAVE A COUPLE OF MAKEOVER POSTS COMING THIS WEEKEND AND A REALLY KEWL DIY PROJECT FOR NEXT WEEK.  STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES AND FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN ON MY CHICAGO FUN!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee