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Jewelry Cabinet


We lined a mirror-fronted chest with pink velvet and added dowels and decorative hardware. Mount the cabinet to a wall or the back of a closet door with appropriate hardware.



  • Dowels
  • Sandpaper
  • Measuring tape
  • Poster boards
  • Decorative tacks
  • Velvet
  • Dowel brackets
  • Silk cord
  • Hooks


  1. Step 1

    Cut dowels to the width of the cabinet's interior. Sand, prime, and paint dowels and any surface of the cabinet that won't be lined with velvet; let dry

  2. Step 2

    Measure the length and width of all interior surfaces; cut poster boards to those dimensions. Label the back of each piece with the name of its section.

  3. Step 3

    Cut pieces of velvet 1 inch wider than poster board; miter corners. Use spray adhesive to attach velvet to poster boards, wrapping excess fabric onto backs. Spray boards and mount them in the cabinet. Use decorative tacks to reinforce the board on the back of the door.

  4. Step 4

    Install painted dowels about 1 inch above each shelf with dowel brackets.

  5. Step 5

    Screw hooks to inside of back cabinet wall. Hang silk cord inside door using tacks. Attach door pull to cabinet front.

Decorating Good Things 2007, Special Issue Winter 2007

Reviews (15)

  • 12 Aug, 2014

    Oh wooow!

  • 21 Jul, 2014

    I did this with a jewelry armoire. I found one that fit between my wall studs. I cut the out the plaster and fit the armoire in and screwed it to the studs. Nothing sticking out from the wall and nothing taking up wall space. It also has a nice long mirror to use.

  • 19 Jul, 2009

    I love this idea, but how do I attach the cabinet to my door or wall after I've finished? Will I need to use nails or screws?

  • 24 Nov, 2008

    Thank you Martha for this tip. I can't wait to organize my stuff.

  • 29 Sep, 2008

    Those A's came up by mistake...not part of the pronunciation.

  • 29 Sep, 2008

    Accoutrement is pronounced n n n n acootruhmentn n n n . Like the 'e' in 'the' when it's not pronounced 'thee'...hope that makes sense!

    I have the perfect old cabinet...lining it in velvet is a great idea.

  • 22 Sep, 2008

    Thank you Martha for bringing some refined english into usage. For example "accoutrement" in todays writeup. Just a lovely word,pronounced 'acootraymont' I believe. Actually its a french word not english and means something extra added. Am I correct in this anyone?

  • 20 Sep, 2008

    A great idea! I really need something like this to keep my necklaces/chains from getting knotted. A nice, inexpensive project. I'm going to look in Goodwill for the cabinet! Thanks for the info...I love this site.

  • 19 Sep, 2008

    lepinkowl, didn't you mean GET to go shopping? heheeehehehee !

  • 19 Sep, 2008

    I use a shadow box (from Michaels Craft Store) and quilters straight pins to hang my earings. I push the straight pins down into the fabric, and dangle my earrings from the pins. I have alot of lever back earrings, and not many posts (they go in a small box).

  • 19 Sep, 2008

    I made this except I don't wear WIRED earrings that would hang easily over those silk cords. I tacked grosgrain ribbons that hang down. Then I just poke them through like I would into my ears with the backs and all. I also got a small cup to keep extra backs. I use the kind with the plastic discs. Other than that, great idea and it got the tacks out of my closet wall which drove my husband nuts.

  • 19 Sep, 2008

    I love this! Now I have to go shopping...

  • 19 Sep, 2008

    I love this! Now I have to go shopping...

  • 19 Sep, 2008

    What a fabulous idea!! I think I'm going to make 1 or 2 of these for my daughter's room.

  • 19 Sep, 2008

    WOW! What a great Idea. We just moved into a vintage house that has the identical medicine cabinent. My teen with be thrilled with this as she doesn't have many flat surfaces in her room.