Whether you’re moving out of the dorms or out of your parents’ homes, we’re sure everyone remembers that incredible feeling of independence living in an apartment for the first time. No matter how dingy and cramped it feels, having a place to call your own makes it almost okay. Since moving to the apartments, we’ve constantly been looking for ways to make the most of our limited space. Even more, we wanted to find a way to make the white walls and dull carpets feel less like a college apartment and more like a home.
We love the vintage/thrifty look that you can find at stores like Anthropologie, but our college budget unfortunately doesn’t always sustain these decorative tastes. After coming across these cute doorknobs, we fell in love and knew we had to find a way to incorporate them into the apartment.
This Anthropologie-inspired necklace hanger is the perfect addition to any room because it showcases your jewelry on the wall in a way that is elegant and decorative rather than merely shoving it away in a box. Even more, it is super affordable!
- Plank of wood
- Wood stain and rag
- Wood protectant (we used fast-drying Polyurethane)
- Power drill
- Hack saw
- Decorative doorknobs (we bought ours here)
First, sand your plank of wood down to make sure all the edges are smooth and even. Splinters are no fun for anyone!
Once you’re happy with the surfaces of the wood, wipe it down with a wet rag to remove leftover wood shavings. Now you are ready to stain it! To get the color the correct richness, it usually takes three layers. Rub it on the wood with a rag and let it dry for 15 minutes. Then, rub off the excess stain with a damp rag and let the leftover stain dry for 3 hours. Repeat 3 times for best results.
Next, spray the wood with fast-drying Polyurethane to add a protective seal.
After the wood has been stained and dried, drill 4 holes equal distance from each other into the wood. On the back side, drill a slightly larger hole (only part-way) into the wood to countersink the washers and nuts. This is really important so that once it is time to hang the necklace hanger, it will be flush against the wall.
Finally, you’re ready to pull out the knobs. Use a hacksaw, first, to saw the knob screws down to the right length for the wood plank. Then, screw in the washers and nuts tightly to secure the knobs.
From here, you have a few options to hang the necklace hanger on the wall. You can install sawtooth picture hangers (like these here) onto the board and secure on the wall with nails. This is the sturdiest option. Because of our college living arrangements we were unable to nail into the walls. Instead, we used command strips to secure the necklace hanger.
Now add your jewelry for the final touch!
– Kirby and Michelle