thanks for the love, guys!
The screw eyes & mismatched cabinet knobs were inspired by bluebirdheaven over at etsy -- if I had 100$, I would've happily bought their converted antique printer drawer!
I definitely think mesh is a good idea - though I stumbled upon a fellow craftster who used burlap (and someone else who used lace!) -- so I may look at alternative fabrics.
I wish I had the patience to refinish the wood (darker stain would've made the handles pop), but oh well. Maybe next time. Or when I get tired of looking at this (hopefully that won't be soon)!
@RuneAriala - I'll zip along and edit my original post with some new pictures!
@Kiki870 - I wish I had drawers that had nice knobs like these! In fact, I found these in a bits-and-bobs section of mismatched knobs from a small little hardware store nestled at a local farmer's market (if any of you are familiar with London Ontario, I went to Trail's End). 50c a piece couldn't be beat! Because everything I loved at RONA cost at least 2.50$ per knob, and I wasn't willing to spend more on the hardware than the shelf thing itself.
if I can find a nice handle with a similar finish (for not an arm and a leg), i may use that as an alternative to screw eyes for the top. It'll also give more hanging necklace space! We'll see. I'll keep you posted when I venture into finishing this piece off