Spring must be in the air because I'm organizing again.  I've been talking about it for a while, and I have finally finished it; Marisol's jewelry organizer.

jewelry organizer

As you can see it is very similar to mine.  I had purchased this typeset tray at the same time as the last one for $15.  This one is a little smaller though and had a lot of smaller sections in it.  I wanted this jewelry organizer to be something she can grow with. 

Typeset tray

I removed some of the smaller sections in the tray to make a few larger compartments for bangles and then followed the same instructions as for my jewelry organizer


I decided to leave quite a few of the narrow sections for earings (for in the future).  I loved the tiny compartments in this one for her to place her little dress-up rings.  Eventually I will add tiny rods to those sections so that rings don't fall out, but for her little fingers now it is easier for her to be able to slide them in and out.  

Paint used: Olympic Paint – white and dover grey.  I had purchased a few colors unsure of what I would use.  I especially loved the color 'two to tango', but decided to go with something a little more neutral for now as her tastes may change later and I'm hoping that this will be a piece she uses for a long time and will be able to match her decor no matter what other colors are the flavor of the month.   I love too that the color of her jewelry really pops against this background, and white is so much easier to paint over later if she wants it in a more vibrant color.

Hardware: Instead of using small eye screws and decorative hangers on this one (because she doesn't have earings yet), I found some vintage inspired knobs that she could hang her bracelets and bangles on, and attached them using E-6000 glue . 

You can see more photographs of Marisol's bedroom here and her new curtains here.



Spring for me is a time for decorating, organizing, and brightening things up.  Join us at 2pm EST today (Thursday March 15) for a twitter party with Olympic Paint and The Motherhood where we will be discussing hot spring colors and design tips.  RSVP here.

WHAT: A Twitter party with Olympic Paint (@OlympicFinishes) and The Motherhood (@theMotherhood)!  We will discuss hot spring color trends and design tips with the experts.  Bring your questions, advice, thoughts and ideas to share with the group!

WHEN: Thursday, March 15, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).  The party will last one hour.

WHERE: The party will take place on Twitter.  Follow the #SpringColor hashtag to watch the conversation unfold and make your own comments.

HASHTAG: #SpringColor

GIVEAWAYS: Five giveaways will be awarded throughout the hour of the Twitter party, based on correct responses to trivia questions.  (Correct answers will be collected, and a winner will be randomly chosen for each prize.)  Each winner will receive a free can of Olympic paint in the color of their choice.  Contest entrants must follow @InspiredColor and @theMotherhood to be eligible to win.

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Jennifer B. March 15, 2012 - 11:49 am

Love it, now can you make me one??? 😉 Seriously though I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my long necklaces, problem solved!!

Everydaycommotion.wordpress.com March 16, 2012 - 8:17 am

That looks great! Very functional, and so cute.

buy silver coins May 4, 2012 - 11:24 am

That’s a very nice way to organise your jewelries and still protect them from rust and dust.

yagga May 7, 2012 - 2:59 am

Wow, I want an organizer just like this one, its so lovely and useful… I’m a jewellery designer and still haven’t gotten around to making one for myself, but its a total declutter essential, thanks for sharing yours!

Jewelry Designer Vancouver July 17, 2012 - 11:52 am

wow excellent idea…I have a few trays sitting around, however, they don’t come with any dividers in them. I’d very much like to try and make these.

Tonya Staab October 9, 2012 - 9:58 pm

Hi Reen,

I found 2 typeset trays at an antique and re-sale store.  I've heard from a few other people who have since made this project that they also found them at thrift and antique shops too.  The ones I found were $15 each.  I would also try Craigs List and Ebay too.  Good luck.

Reen October 9, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Hi. I really love this idea and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to organize my jewelery. I have a lot of it and this has so much space. What is a typeset and where can I find one?

Anna February 22, 2014 - 9:09 am

Hello! I love your organizer and you have inspired me to make my own! Thank you for the instructions on your blog! I have a question though…I bought a tray on Kijiji and like this one for your daughter there are a lot of small compartments.

I was wondering what you used to remove the smaller sections? How did you cut out (or hammer out, as I see a hammer in the picture) the extra wood pieces? And I see from the photo, that it was pretty “rough” with a lot of sharp edges, did you just sand it down until smooth? Did it affect the structure of the rest?


Tonya Staab February 22, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Hi Anna,

I used a pair of pliers and just moved and twisted the wood until it snapped, then used coarse sandpaper to smooth down those jagged edges.

Anna February 24, 2014 - 8:55 am

Thank you! I will try that!


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