Tilt No More! Finishing the Earring Organizer Project

Remember this project?

If you do, you might also recall that I was contemplating an extra credit quick fix – That is, I wanted to screw the frame directly into the drywall so that the following wouldn’t continue to happen every time I handled the earrings:

Since the frame was balanced up on the wall by two measly nails and a very frayed picture wire, the whole thing wobbled and tilted every time I used it…There’s almost nothing that I hate more than crooked art/shelves/etc – I use our trusty level on EVERYTHING to make sure that it’s “just so”. I know that’s anal but we’ve all got our quirks right? 🙂

So when we drilled and screwed the file boxes in, we also took care of this issue.

First, down came the earring organizer exposing the nails. I removed those and then spackled the holes.

Then I flipped the frame over and removed the older-than-dirt screw eye hooks and hanging wire. If I hadn’t removed the eye hooks the frame wouldn’t have laid flush against the wall.

After that, it was just a matter of putting it back in place next to the necklace organizer, getting it level (woot!!), and then drilling holes through the frame into the wall. Easy-peasy!!

Two screws later, we were all done!

(Not sure why the earrings suddenly disappeared…I guess I was packed up to go home to my apartment!)

Luckily there’s still plenty of room for the back of the earrings to slip through the wire, even without the added millimeter of space the eye hooks provided.

I think the thing I’m looking forward to most when this move is FINALLY over is getting all of my earrings up on this organizer. There’s just something exciting about the idea of seeing my collection all out at once. Right now, they are organized (by color of course, haha) in a little painted wooden box with drawers from Michael’s. You can see it on the counter in this picture from my current apartment – It’s to the left:

I bet I’ll realize that I have pairs I’ve never even worn before – The tiny ones always get lost in those little drawers.

Oh, and if you’re wondering if the screws fixed the problem, here’s a photo of me actually trying to shift it around.

Mind-blowing that two inch-long screws securely drilled into the wall can actually do the trick, right?? 😉 I love reiterating the obvious…

One last point – I recently had the chance to recreate the WHOLE PROJECT!! I mentioned the framed organizer to a coworker of mine and she just loved the idea! Coincidentally, she had a birthday coming up, so I made her a copy of my own earring organizer and gave it to her at our office celebration. She loved it!

Let me know if I should make some more! 🙂

Have a GREAT weekend! See you back here on Monday – Hoping I have some results to show you from a couple of stenciling/painting projects I’ve got going!!

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2 thoughts on “Tilt No More! Finishing the Earring Organizer Project

    1. Carrie Post author

      They don’t work on this type of organizer…but I have the perfect solution – Actually going to talk about it in depth on Breathe Magazine’s blog in a couple of weeks, but I’ll let you in on my secret: Use a shadowbox hung on the wall as post earring storage – Just push the posts into the soft backing and you’ve got a great place to show off AND store your straight back earrings!

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