DIY Jewelry Drawer Liner

I was in New York last week and stopped by the Chelsea Flea for an hour or two of browsing. I couldn’t take any furniture home with me like old times, but I picked up a few fun pieces of jewelry (this one was my favorite find). I was excited about getting to wear my new jewelry, but admittedly I might have been equally as excited about getting home and just putting the jewelry away. :)

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When I spruced up the Pax wardrobes for our bedroom recently, I came up with a few jewelry storage DIYs that have completely changed the way I accessorize while getting dressed. After years of cramming all of my jewelry into one unorganized box, I finally have a place for everything!

Every day this week I’ve got a different jewelry storage project to share with you, and first up is a few tips on how to make a functional jewelry drawer (with a liner!) in your dresser. Here’s the how-to…

I’ve written before about wanting a jewelry armoire (this one was so pretty!), but why forfeit the floor real estate? I gave up the top drawer of my wardrobe dresser for jewelry and it’s so nice to have a place that’s both out of sight but easily accessible and organized.

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It’s important to line a jewelry drawer with felt or velvet to help all the jewelry and storage containers stay in place when you pull out and shut the drawer.
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I wanted my liner to be a similar color to the wardrobe so I found a scrap remnant in my fabric stash of this teal silk velvet. I also used the IKEA box that the drawer pieces came in because I knew it would be just about the perfect size to fit inside the drawer bottom.
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I cut it down just a bit, to be around an eighth of an inch short on both sides (this makes a little room for the velvet).

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Then I used my beloved Fabritac to sort of upholster the piece of cardboard.
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I pulled the edges tight enough that there was no need to glue in the center area of the cardboard.
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It’s so hard to get wrinkles out of velvet! Thankfully the wrinkles let up naturally after a day or two of being pulled flat.
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The upholstered cardboard just slips into the drawer and sits at the bottom.
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The velvet makes it so I can lay out some of my most frequently worn bracelets and bangles and they don’t slide around at all.
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I also added a few little containers for storing some of my earrings and rings (the black and white ring tray was a $10 Amazon findΒ and the others were mostly from a thrift store).
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I’m loving having a jewelry drawer in my wardrobe dresser! I’ve been wearing more and different pieces of jewelry lately because it’s so much easier to see what I have now that it’s all laid out for me.
  1. Vixi

    Everything is so well organized, amazing!!! Great job indeed.

  2. You have such a great eye for color and detail. I love the blue bowls and dishes you use for organizing as well! By the way, lovely jewellery collection you have. In this way they really get the chance to sparkle!

  3. This is so beautiful, both the design and your awesome jewelry collection. I bet it's so fun to "rediscover" pieces you haven't worn in awhile because everything is laid out so nicely!

  4. A fun and easy project that makes a big impact! It looks beautiful with your jewelry! I'm with you I wear my necklaces so much more now that I have them on display!!!

  5. Barbie

    I don't know what I covet more–your awesome organization system or your amazing jewelry collection! That drawer does it justice for sure.

  6. Wow, this turned out great! I'd love to have a jewelery drawer.

  7. I turned the top drawer of my dresser (half size drawer) into my jewelry drawer and it has been SO HELPFUL to see everything! I used velvet lined boxes to help corral my bangles (mostly cuffs, not clasp bracelets), and little bowls for earrings and rings. I've loved it!

    xox

  8. I just bought velvet last weekend to do this to my top dresser drawer! I have 2 jewelry boxes: 1 on top of my dresser for the more casual items and another for the pieces I don't wear often. I realized that I want to wear my jewelry more and the pretty special stuff should at least be displayed so I don't forget what I own. I think I will wait for the rest of your posts this week before I get started so I can use some of your advice.

    Great timing and coincidence!

  9. What a good idea! I admit I pretty much just wear the same earrings every day because it is too much of a hassle to paw through my boxes looking for something. Plus, I usually forget what I have because I just never see it. I should try something that lays them out more like this.

  10. Oh my Gosh! How did you know that I on my to do list for the week, I wrote, organize jewelry box? This could not have a come at a better time. The drawers of my jewelry box are a jumble and I end up just wearing the few pieces that are loose on top. I'm so going to do this! I can't wait to see the rest of your ideas! Thank you!

  11. A simple and super creative idea. I love this! I'm working on reorganizing my jewelry and may just have to "borrow" this idea. THANK YOU!

  12. what a great idea with the liner! I'm totally the same way, if my jewelry isn't nicely organized or laid out in a pretty way, I just won't remember to wear it. i'd maybe wear some of YOURS though-it's gorgeous! lol :)

    Thanks for sharing this!
    -courtney @PrettyCheap

  13. I love this! it looks so easy! I love the wardrobe idea if I can ever get a house of my own that is a good project.

    I'm in awe of how you even manage to shower with three kids (and no nanny, right?)… I have two, and I can hardly eat a single meal. You are nailing, cutting painting, dressing fabulously, traveling to NYC. Tell us how you can do all of this. We must know!!! I'm organized and all, but you are like a super human. Do you sleep? Do your kids all go with you to these shops and behave? I just have to know your secrets girl!

  14. I love this! it looks so easy! I love the wardrobe idea if I can ever get a house of my own that is a good project.

    I'm in awe of how you even manage to shower with three kids (and no nanny, right?)… I have two, and I can hardly eat a single meal. You are nailing, cutting painting, dressing fabulously, traveling to NYC. Tell us how you can do all of this. We must know!!! I'm organized and all, but you are like a super human. Do you sleep? Do your kids all go with you to these shops and behave? I just have to know your secrets girl!

  15. So smart. I usually end up wearing the same stuff just because I don't know what else I have! You have some really amazing pieces…it was fun to get a glimpse of them!

  16. love this! my jewelry is in a jewelry box up on a shelf in an armoire..drives me batty everyday to have to reach up, pull it down..sift through …. I ordered a new dresser..think I will great a jewelry drawer..great inspiration!

    your baubles are quite fabulous by the way! :)

    Thanks!

  17. Color you choose its perfect to decor any gold or silver color jewelery.

  18. I don't have nearly enough jewellery to warrant an entire drawer, but I still need this. Lovely.

  19. You may get this comment twice…issues signing in! So apologies if so.
    I'm a mother, wife, DIY enthusiast and renovator, blogger and altogether busy person too so I'm very excited to find your blog. We installed a row of PAX wardrobes in our bedroom….love them, they just devour clutter. But recently I also bought a g-plan dressing table which has a velvet lined drawer within. I must admit…my jewellery is not nearly so organised, or as beautiful, as yours so you have inspired me to have a cull, an organise and a shop. In that order!!!
    Melanie

  20. WOW! Now that's need! I don't know me and my husband can do the whole thing! I must say that on this case I'll have to get a professional to do it right if by chance if we have to do it but gone wrong… Thanks for sparking the excitement out of us…
    CAndHHardware.com

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