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I have jewelry boxes. Two of them, in fact. And you might think that would mean organized jewelry. Two words. Ha. Ha. The thing is, when my jewelry is hidden away in little drawers and cabinets, I don’t wear it. So I inevitably wear a pair of earrings, then take them off and set them on top of the jewelry box at the end of the day. Eventually, I have a little pile of earrings that I chose from when it comes time to adorn my ears in the morning, completely ignoring all the earrings tucked away inside the jewelry box, out of sight.

So all the inspiring jewelry displays on Pinterest got me excited. There are so many creative ideas to make functional art out of organizing jewelry. Ideas like this (originally from here):

And this (originally from here):

And this (originally from here):

And this (originally from here):

So a while ago, I picked up some old frames from a thrift store and got out the spray paint.

Valspar has spray paint in a color called “New Avocado.” It’s the same color that I used as the accent on the headboard that I painted, shown here. (Though I didn’t use spray paint for that application.)

Once the paint had dried, I grabbed some wire, some crimping beads (basically, I raided my jewelry-making stash), and a staple gun, and came up with this:

The crimping beads were to keep the earrings from all sliding to the center of wire. It actually worked pretty well. Here’s what it looked like with earrings on display:

I liked it pretty well for a while. But it was crowded. And it took a while to put together. I still had three more frames to make, but I had run out of time the day I made it, so the lone frame leaned against the wall. For months. And in that time, I realized a pretty major flaw in the design. Since the frame is completely open, if I missed the wire when I was hanging a pair of earrings back up, the earring would slip behind the frame and fall to the ground. Which happened far too often. I’m sad to say that I still have random earrings lost behind my dresser.

So I decided to call a redo when I saw this (originally from here):

I used a pair of needle-nose pliers to rip out the wire and staples. Then I went to the hardware store and got this:

It’s a sheet of decorative, laser-cut aluminum called Lincane. (Or maybe the design is called lincane? Not really sure about that, actually.) While I was at Lowe’s, I also picked up a pair of tin snips to cut the metal sheet down to size.

I basically just put the corner of the metal sheet into the corner of the back of the frame and marked the spot where it needed to be trimmed.

Then, I got to snipping. It was way easier than I thought it would be. I expected it to take a lot of effort to cut through the metal, but to my surprise, it was like a hot knife through butter. (Well, maybe not that easy, but pretty close.) I think it was partly because all the holes make the metal perforated. And the other thing the holes made easy was cutting straight lines. It was like a built-in guide. Nice.

See. Easy Peasy.

Then, I just slipped the metal into the back of the frame.

I used the staple gun to secure it in place. I didn’t staple through the metal, but rather into the wood like little tabs to block the metal from falling out the back.

Like this:

Pretty simple, huh?

Three more frames filled, and they went up on the wall. And so did all of my earrings.

I’m not totally sure about the configuration of the frames, but I like it, for now.

And now, I don’t have earrings falling behind the frames and down behind my dresser.

I kind of love it. And I kind of love the Pinterest Challenge for giving me the push I needed to get it done. If you don’t know what the Pinterest Challenge is, go check out Young House Love, Bower Power Blog, Ana White, and House of Earnest to see what all the fun is about. And if you’re participating in the Pinterest Challenge yourself, please feel free to link to your own projects in the comments. I’d LOVE to see what you all have been pinning and more importantly, what you’ve been making! Oh, and feel free to check out my boards on Pinterest, and don’t forget to follow me there, too.

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Why is it that the master bedroom — where I sleep every night, dress every morning, and begin and end each day — is the last place I decorate? I guess it’s just that I can close the door when guests are over and devote my time and energy to the rooms in which they will be instead.

Oh well. Now that I’ve lived in this house for more than a year and have gotten a basic layer of decor in the common areas of the house, I can finally work on creating a space for my husband and myself that will welcome us to each new day and calm us into sleep after that day has taken its toll on us.

After finally finding a duvet cover that I liked/was willing to pay the asking price for (seen here), I got to paint! I had been waiting for this moment pretty much since the day we moved in. I was lucky enough to really love the color of the living room/dining room (it’s one big room, really). The same color is in the hallway. I’m good with that. The kitchen is perfectly neutral, as is the bathroom. And the guest bedroom definitely isn’t my first choice in paint color, but it’s fine for the time being. (I’m hoping that it won’t be more than a year or so before I’m contemplating what color to paint the nursery — which is what that room will ultimately be — anyway.)

In sum, I’m good with the colors of all the rooms in our little home, except our bedroom. At first, I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t really like it. But after looking at the house a couple of times before the sale was final, I decided I kinda hated it. By the time we moved in, it was official. It’s not that it’s an inherently bad color. It’s just that the slightly salmon, kinda terracotta, almost orange hue was too energized for a space that I feel should be soothing. Here, you can see what I mean. (Or not. Maybe you love it. That’s OK, too.)

You can also see that I was prepping for a paint job. (And that I threw all the covers and sheets into the middle of the bed when I moved the bed to the middle of the room so I could get to all the walls. Embarrassing.)

Anyway, once I got the duvet cover, I finally felt like I had a centerpiece to build a room around. And I finally felt like I could pick a color scheme. And that meant I finally got to paint my room.

I had originally been kind of obsessed with aqua and thought I might paint my room some shade of blue/green/turquoise/teal/aqua. But the duvet dictated otherwise. Gray seemed like a natural choice. Plus I’ve been loving all the gray walls over at YoungHouseLove.com lately.

So off I went to the hardware store to pick paint swatches. I was honestly kind of bummed by the selection of grays, but it’s probably best that my choices were sort of limited because I don’t always do well with decisions. In any case, I brought them home and pretty quickly narrowed the selection down to two or three and showed Chad. We both liked one in particular — Notre Dame (5006-1B) by Valspar (in a flat finish) — so off I went to get paint and supplies from the hardware store.

After using our vacuum’s dusting attachment to get the dust off the walls and molding, I taped off the room using Scotch blue painter’s tape with edgelock. I considered just cutting in by hand, but it’s been a while since I’ve painted anything, and I didn’t really want to risk it. Plus, we don’t have an appropriate ladder, so I would be using a step stool to reach the top of the wall, and I didn’t want to be stretching my arms and trying to be accurate with a paintbrush. But it was definitely a pain. It took quite a bit longer to tape everything than I anticipated. Probably an hour and a half or so.

Then, I started painting.

Again, the process took longer than I expected (which always happens to me – I guess I’m just an optimist and always think projects are going to be quick and easy…). In fact, I had intended to finish the whole project in one sitting, but I had a potluck to get to that night and barely finished the first coat of paint before I had to leave to get to the potluck (and I was still a little late).

After that first coat, I only had about 1/3 of the gallon of paint left. And the coverage was pretty good. Except for a few spots. Boo. I thought about just touching up those spots where a little orange poked through the gray, especially since I chose a flat finish for the project, which is the easiest finish to touch up. But I worried it might look kind of patchy and/or I might miss a few spots and it would bug me down the road.

So a couple of days later (the first chance I had a few hours at once to work), I went back to the hardware store to get an extra quart of paint. I mixed the quart with the remaining 1/3 of the original gallon, just to make sure the color was seamless, and got to work on coat #2.

I don’t know if I was putting too heavy of a coat on the walls, but I ran out of paint again. Boo. I did realize that the Valspar paint I was using claimed to be “thick, one coat coverage,” so maybe I was just using a little too thin of a coat the first time around, actually. In any case, I think I had a premonition that this might happen and I decided to paint around the room in the opposite direction for the second coat than I did for the first coat. In other words, I started both coats on the wall where the door is, but for the first coat, I went clockwise, to paint the wall to its right, all the way around. For the second coat, I painted counter-clockwise.

As a result, the last wall I painted the first coat (which seemed to be the spottiest paint job — probably because I was rushing a bit by the time I got to that wall) was the second wall I painted the second coat. So I had plenty of paint to make sure all the spots got covered. By the time I ran out of paint the second time around, I had nearly finished the whole room. I was bummed, but I waited a couple of days and decided that I couldn’t tell the difference between the area of the last wall that only got one, thick coat and the area that got two. And I decided that if I couldn’t tell the difference, no one else would be able to either. So I declared myself done.

Then it was time to pull the tape and see the nice crisp edges that it left.

Or not! Can you see that bleeding? Bummer. All that time spent taping, and it didn’t even really work. I don’t know if I did something wrong or if this just happens, but I’ll think a little harder before spending time taping next time. On the bright side, once I had nice fresh paint on the walls, the trim started looking pretty dingy to me. Normally, that wouldn’t be a bright side at all, but at least when I finally get around to freshening up the paint on the trim, I can make those edges a little more crisp, too. One day. Maybe soon…

OK. So, now that I’ve managed to write 1318 words about painting a few walls, let’s see the finished room, shall we?

There are a couple of projects hiding in this picture that I’ll be back to tell you about soon, but until then, what do you think about the gray walls? Do they work with the duvet cover? Did you prefer the original color, or do you find the gray more soothing, as I do? And while we’re at it, do you have any tips for using painter’s tape (or for NOT using painter’s tape)? Should I have done a better job on my first coat of paint and skipped the second coat altogether, or should I have gone a little thinner with both coats to ensure I had enough paint to cover the whole room? Thoughts? Tips? Advice? I’m all ears.

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