Sometime around the new year I was sorting through all my jewelry and realized I had a metric ton of necklaces. Some nice, some "bargain", but most of them languishing somewhere forgotten and unseen. I don't know about you but I tend to wear the same pair of earrings and one of three necklaces most days.
Anyway, I saw this: http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/01/diy-project-hidden-jewelry-box.html on Design Sponge and during the big February snows while the federal government was closed (weeeee!) I was able to make it down to my in-laws to build my own hidden jewelry box. The Design Sponge link has a nice how-to that the FIL and I totally didn't use. FIL is a very good woodworker so we just went by feel with scrap wood from his shop. I bought all the little fittings at the hardware store on the way down.
This is the front:
I got the tree panel from Target on clearance. Interestingly, when my father-in-law and I went to assemble it, it was no where near plumb.
Here's it cracked open:
You can see the little latch that holds in shut (this is crucial due to the non-plumbness of the panel). The necklaces are all held up with little brass cup hooks I screwed into the top piece of wood.
Here's the whole interior:
We put the hinges on the inside so they're not as noticeable when closed. Most of the box is scrap maple and I stained the side pieces so they complemented the front (nothing really matches, just looks nice together). I was going to paper the back like they did in the example, but I decided a busy background could make it harder to see the jewelry and besides, what's prettier than a nice piece of wood (even if it is sheet)? The whole thing just screws into the wall through the back panel with four screws.
I love it. It's been fantastic and I've been wearing way more of my jewelry, plus it really goes with our room.