ALL DIY Projects

Jewelry Organizer {The Ugly Duckling House)

Design + Build

Crafty Projects

Business + Life


The Weekender Series

As Seen on TV

Room Makeovers

All DIY Projects


blog Categories

hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

learn more about ME + MY BIZ

Because we’re always slightly afraid you’ll get bored of our crazy antics, we have a treat for you today in the form of a guest blogger! If you don’t already know her, Sarah from The Ugly Duckling House is stinkin’ hilarious and super talented.  We love the design of her blog (which she did herself), the adorable pics of her splattered with paint, and her magical touch with liquid gilding. Enjoy!

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.

Ikea hack 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)…

mark wall with screw

… 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.

Use iPhone level app

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!

Ikea hack jewelry organizer
There you have it – a simple and inexpensive way to get your jewelry in a prime notice me and wear me spot.
Thank you so much to Jess and Monica for letting me stop by, and I hope you visit me (and whatever current mess I’m making) over at The Ugly Duckling House soon!



Psst:  Want more?  I love to post sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram.  You can also find me on Hometalk and Twitter at uglyducklingDIY.
Thanks so much for visiting, Sarah! You’re welcome back in our houses anytime. 🙂

The comments +

  1. Such a creative repurpose! I am kind of obsessed with Ikea for all of the fun things you can find.

  2. FabTwigs says:

    I was looking for chevron walls and found your blog! I am your newest follower! @

  3. Love it! Your level is pretty neat too:)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Make a Kid's Mud Kitchen and Produce Stand


Work From Home Corner Office Makeover


Yard Game Ideas ASO Live! with Kelly + Ryan


Today Show Nursery Makeover


Outdoor Living Space Makeover : Home Becomes


Must Reads

Get updated on what we're working on

Follow along!