If you are married or in a relationship, you definitely understand the headaches that can be caused when your significant other doesn’t put their stuff away. Whether its shoes, clothes, dishes, or even jewelry. Well this husband, Mike, decided that rather than constantly fighting about it, he would help his wife, Lauren, with her jewelry issue. All it took was a pallet and some chicken wire, and now Lauren has a brand new jewelry cabinet that can be used for many years to come. This is such a great project to help declutter your bedroom or bathroom.
They had these awesome, old hinges lying around from another project. They knew that this would be the perfect look for this project.
First things first, they had to remove the wood from the pallet. They used a reciprocating saw with a metal blade to cut through the old nails. If you have ever tried to pull and pry the wood off with a hammer, you know that the pallet wood will split and break, making it useless. After they were done sawing off the wood, they went back through and removed all of the little nails that were missed.
They opted for a ‘distressed’ wood look using this paint. That’s a great color!
At first, Mike wanted to go for a chevron pattern, but then decided that was going to be way too difficult, given the amount of space he wanted to use.
Once he got the pattern down, he glued the backer board onto the wood design.
For extra reinforcement, they strengthened the design and put their slats on 1/8″ ply.
Now it was time to trim the edges, giving it a uniform look.
After squaring the edges it was time to glue on the side panels.
This is what the back looks like now that the main design and backing are assembled together.
Next up, was the door frame. He wanted to give it a finished look with the door, rather than having all of the jewelry exposed at all times.
To give it a rustic look, he added a piece of chicken wire to the door. This really pulled it all together.
Time to sand down those rough edges. Nobody likes splinters! Plus they were going to stain the wood a gray color, but it didn’t look all that great. They decided to sand it down and leave it with a more natural look.
Next up was the clear coat. They had this spray leftover from another project, so no money was spent on this.
For the hooks, Mike decided to use hand cut masonry nails.
This is what the hooks look like up close. The add to the already rustic feel.
Now that it is complete, he was able to mount it on the wall for his wife, Lauren.
This is what it looks like when the door is closed. It is really a beautiful jewelry cabinet.
I wonder if they will start selling these in the near future? It turned out great.
The colors really made it pop, and made gave it a finished/unfinished look.
Check out this video below of the whole construction process with Mike & Lauren:
This is really a cool project, and I have to admit, I’m slightly jealous. I like the idea of using the reciprocating saw with pallets, because they do often fall apart when you are using a hammer to pry the wood off. I wonder if this helped save them some space by organizing her jewelry. Or if she’s anything like me, she found a new place to leave it lying around.