Hi there! I’m Sarah from The Ugly Duckling House, and I’m thrilled to be guest posting today on East Coast Creative! I met Monica and Jess at the Haven conference earlier this year, and I think they come up with some of the most amazing projects!
A little more about me: I’m awkward. I can’t cook. I hate cleaning. But I love tearing my house apart and putting it back together again. I’ve been working on my “Ugg-Duck” for nearly three years now, and I’m determined – hissy fits and all – to turn my 1980s eyesore into a home I can be proud of. DIY-ing on my own isn’t easy (especially with a full-time job and grad school on my plate), and I have had my fair share of weird stories with my house – like finding fingernails in my fridge. Or 4 A.M. catfights. Or freaking out that I had a water leak in my brand new powder room… and realizing it was (possibly) a guest missing my toilet. Yes, that happened.
Right now, I’m working on remodeling my bathroom. But at any given moment, I have at least five other unfinished projects around the house. Sometimes when I’m in the middle of finishing up a full renovation, I use that momentum to give myself an extra push and do something smaller that I might otherwise put off – like my master bedroom jewelry organizer.
I’ve been spotting a lot of creative jewelry organization ideas on Pinterest, and even though I’ve been storing my jewelry neatly in a drawer in my closet, I realized I forget to throw on accessories when rushing off to work. These Rationell inserts from Ikea are meant to add storage space to pantries and other cabinets, but I saw the decorative pattern on top and thought it could really look snazzy (& functional, too!) as a jewelry holder.
It was so easy, I could even (sort of) hold my camera steady while putting the project together with one hand. Ha. I just measured…
Marked (simply pushing the tip of the screw into the wall will save you extra pencil marks)…
… and sunk the first screw into place.
And this is where I realized I’d forgotten my level in the bathroom! Ugh. Thankfully, I had a nifty iPhone app with a level that I could use to make sure I kept things straight and even.
By placing the organizer in between my remodeled master bedroom closet and the master bath, I have a great new spot for my jewelry – and less of an excuse to bypass the accessories in the morning!
Psst: Want more? I love to post sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find me on Hometalk and Twitter at uglyducklingDIY.