Chic Closet Artwork from Vintage Jewelry

Hi guys! So, it’s another week of the $100 Room Challenge, and I am in PANIC mode because I was lazy last weekend and got nothing, zilch, nada done for this space. In all fairness, there was torrential rain and humidity all weekend which totally ruined my spray painting plans. I guess I will be doing that this weekend in time for the big reveal in a week. Catch up on week one and week two if you’re new here.

BUT, do not fret. I did get some of my DIY artwork projects done last night in time for this post. As you all know, I really wanted to display my grandma’s vintage costume jewelry somehow in this room since it’s where I get dressed everyday, and I had a couple of shadowboxes on hand from this agate project.

This jewelry is too pretty to be sitting in a storage box, and I sadly have no gala or Breakfast at Tiffany’s moments to wear this stuff to. I do love to envision my grandmother wearing this stuff in the 1940’s. There’s so much of me I see in her now that I’m older. It makes me sad she’s gone.

Using some sewing pins, I adhered the jewelry to the black felt background to give it a floating illusion. I wanted the focus to be on the jewelry itself and not whatever was supporting it.

These earrings I think are my most favorite pieces- they’re gold and have a colorful sparkle. That black, red and gold necklace is a close second though. It’s glam, bold and timeless. My grandma was a classy woman.

These shadowboxes are too tall to fit portrait style, so I had to settle for landscape orientation, which I think will work. I still need to figure out exactly what will go on these shelves.

And taking photos in a room with no windows proves to be a challenge, especially with the glare, so I hope these photos convey what I’m trying to get across. 

Truthfully, I haven’t bought a designer handbag since spring 2015 or so, but I do have some pretty quilted bags to display. BUT, I kind of think keeping them in their dust bag is the better idea? What do you all think?

Or maybe this version works better? This closet has so much storage and I don’t have much to store, which is why I can put decor in here. In my former home, the closet was jam packed.

And I almost forgot about some more pieces of artwork I DIY’d…a fun Prada Marfa piece, seen below. This will be a free download as part of the big reveal next Wednesday, so if you’d like to grab this fun little sign for yourself, you’ll have to wait one more week.

And that ampersand art piece behind Pee Wee’s gorgeous photo is a chic notecard that says “& did I tell you?” Get creative with artwork- you can almost always make something for free.

Pee Wee always hangs out to give his approval. And nap. Mostly nap.

This weekend, I need to find a rug, spray paint the drawer handles, work on the ottoman, and get the closet photographed for the big reveal next Wednesday. Budget wise, I spent $0 this week, so we’re still holding at $50.00 ($12 fabric, $8 spray paint, $30 wallpaper. BUT I still have to get a rug, some storage accessories and a few other odds and ends, so let’s not get too excited about the budget…

A reminder: the drawer pulls will get the spray paint treatment—I love the lucite, but I love it even more with the gold (as seen in my master bathroom). I wrote a full tutorial on how to change your pulls from chrome to satin gold over here.

Check out all the other $100 Room Challenge updates for week 3 right here:

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  1. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    September 19, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Love how this room is coming along. The shelves are beautifully displayed. Can't wait to see the finished project.

    • Monica Benavidez
      September 19, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Thanks, Marty! I have a lot of work to do…

  2. Maria -
    September 19, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    Such a GREAT idea to display your grandmother's jewelry in a shadow box. It looks stunning and such a nice reminder to have of her as you get dressed every day. Looking forward to seeing your finished space!

    • Monica Benavidez
      September 19, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      Thanks, Maria! <3

  3. Sherry Cole
    September 19, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    That jewelry is stunning!! I agree it should be displayed and you have done it beautifully.

  4. Liz
    September 19, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    It looks great!!

  5. Meredith Wouters
    September 20, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    What a great way to display those little pieces of gorgeousness! Your closet is already looking great, nothing like a deadline to get you moving!

  6. Ashlee
    September 20, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    I love that you have your grandmother's beautiful jewelry on display. What a special way to cherish her memory!

    September 20, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    Monica I love this vintage jewelry vignette you have created it is fantastic. I am such a fan of vintage jewelry I did a holiday tree for my office last year decorated with my mom's and both grandmother's vintage jewelry.