Upcycled Jewelry Organizer From Old Coat Rack

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Remember the faux silver leaf doors that I just painted? (Yes, yes, the wall color is changing soon!)

DIY Faux Silver Leaf

DIY Faux Silver Leaf


Well, hanging next to the doors was an old wooden coat rack that been there forever. Unfortunately, I don’t have a before picture because I was planning on ripping it off the wall and throwing it out. However, that old coat hanger had a different idea and it would not budge. I would have really messed up the dry wall if I tried to take it down. So while I was painting the silver doors I was also watching that ugly coat rack from the corner of my eye. It had a dark stain with what I can only describe as a grandma craft design. I just couldn’t bare it. So in the middle of painting the doors I took my silver paint covered brush to it. Then I thought, eh…that’s not terrible. Perhaps I could do something with it. So I decided to add some fun swirly designs.

I found this image of calligraphy swirls online and used it as a base for my design…


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from coat rack

Calligraphy swirls


I drew a design on a piece of paper based on the calligraphy swirls, taped it to the wall and then copied my design onto the silver painted wood.


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from coat rack

Outlining the design


Doesn’t my drawing look like the bat signal??

Here’s a close-up of my penciled in design…


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from old coat rack

Pencilled in design


I used some basic craft paint in black…


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from old coat rack



To create this design, I used an angled brush, which really helps to vary the width of the painted lines. You definitely want to have thicker and thinner areas on your design to give your design more interest.


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from old coat rack

Step 1


The swirls coming off your main drawing lines should be thinner at the base. To do that start with your brush on the line and slowly pull it away. If you start away from the base line and paint your way in, you won’t get a narrow connection to the base line. I tried and just couldn’t get it to work.


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from old coat rack

Step 2


As you paint your swirls, do not turn the angle of your brush. That will give the swirl a naturally thicker curl.


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from old coat rack

Step 3


Doesn’t the above picture look like I only have half a thumb??


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from old coat rack

Lovely swirl


Creating this design definitely required a steady hand. Unfortunately, mine wasn’t so steady. So as I painted, I also used Q-tips to clean up the areas I messed up. Lots of Q-tips…


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from old coat rack

Clean up lines with Q-tips


Here’s a close-up…


upcycled diy jewelry hanger from old coat rack



Notice there are still some pencil lines on the silver. When I finished my swirls, I painted over the remaining pencil marks with more silver paint. And waa-laaa, a lovely place to hang my jewelry!


upcycled diy jewelry hanger

Upcycled DIY Jewelry Hanger


I hope my DIY upcycled jewelry hanger inspires you to create something amazing! Oh, and before you go, please check out my DIY high heel planters! Can you say total shoe LOVE?!!


high heel planter

High Heel Planters


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23 Comments on Upcycled Jewelry Organizer From Old Coat Rack

  1. Kathie
    May 24, 2014 at 8:56 am (6 years ago)

    What a great job you did. I actually took a class to teach that technique of painting…I wasn’t very good at it…..
    The beach glass color is oretty

  2. Carmody
    May 25, 2014 at 8:18 am (6 years ago)

    Great idea!!!

  3. Carmody
    May 25, 2014 at 8:19 am (6 years ago)

    Great idea!

  4. Jodee Weiland
    May 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm (6 years ago)

    I love this idea! What a creative way to re-purpose an old coat rack. Thanks for sharing!

  5. lorraine williamson
    May 26, 2014 at 9:13 am (6 years ago)

    love the jewelry holder so cool thanks for sharing visiting from frugal crafty hop have a great memorial day

    • Jenise
      May 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you! You too!

  6. Catherine at ToBeContinued
    May 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm (6 years ago)

    This looks great! I have some vintage wooden spools from my Grandma that I want to make into a jewelry holder so this tute will help!
    I found you at Hope Studios Tutorial Tuesday :) Come by for a visit if you get a chance!

    • Jenise
      May 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Catherine. I will definitely stop by. Can’t wait to see what you do with the spools!

  7. Virginia
    May 27, 2014 at 10:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Your jewelry hanger turned out great!

    • Jenise
      May 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much Virginia!

    • Jenise
      May 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm (6 years ago)

      Why thank you so much, Maria!

  8. April
    May 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Sooooo cute!!! I need something for my girls and even for me! I may have to try something like this. It looks so fun too!

    • Jenise
      May 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much April!

  9. Valerie Negron
    May 29, 2014 at 9:39 am (6 years ago)

    This is a super awesome idea! What a wonderful twist to the jewelry organizer!

    • Jenise
      May 29, 2014 at 11:22 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much Valerie! It was totally fun to make!

  10. Shawna
    May 30, 2014 at 10:11 am (6 years ago)

    Fantastic!!!!! I love your shoes too. Thank you for sharing on our Four Seasons Blog Hop.

    • Jenise
      May 30, 2014 at 10:31 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you and thank you for hosting Shawna!

    • Jenise
      June 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much Alicia. It was a fun project!

  11. Shanice
    June 13, 2014 at 10:17 am (6 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again today :)

  12. Kellie the Shoe Diva
    June 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm (6 years ago)

    First of all, those closet doors are lovely. Second of all, the hangar came out fabulously but…and this is a huge BUT those high heel planters made me squeal with joy! LOVE! So much fun. I have to pin them. Happy I linked up with Life on Lakeshore Drives party or I would have missed these lovelies!

    • Jenise
      June 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm (6 years ago)

      Kellie, You crack me up! Following you on twitter now!


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