Jewelry Frames: the good, the bad, and the ugly

A few months ago, I got started on some earring/bracelet organization via a few small frames.  In addition to the small ones, I was planning to make some larger frames for necklaces and then post about them all.  I didn't want to share until it was all done, but I have a few lessons learned from this which will help me with the larger frames. So, here goes...

Aren't these thrift store frames beautiful?  $1.99 a piece.  Flower filled tubs and cross-stitched flowers are totally my style. (I hope you can see the dripping sarcasm)

I brought out my handy-dandy spray paint and unified the frames with a few coats of flat black.

I'd seen various jewelry frames on Pinterest that I wanted to try and replicate:


I decided to try out both of these methods: radiator mesh for earrings and peg board with knobs to hold bracelets.

Here's what I came up with:

Please excuse the quality wall behind.  The master bedroom is the ONLY room in the house with the original plaster (and the accompanying cracks and flaws).

The earrings frames with radiator mesh work like a charm.  The other one, however has some issues.  Well, not so much 'issues' as 'things that could work better.'  The first problem is asymmetry.  I didn't think ahead when I was cutting the peg board.  The holes are off center and thus the knobs I used are off centered.  Kinda makes me twitch, but I'll get over it.  Also, using peg board really didn't end up necessary for this.  I would be better off just using plywood.

The bigger issue, though, is that its not very practical.  When I screwed the knobs on, I made them tight to the peg board (like how you would install them on a cabinet).  That makes it look nice, but in practice- you really can't fit more than one bracelet comfortably on a knob- 2 if you're lucky.  For my next attempt, I will leave space between the knob and backer so I can actually use it as intended.

I hate it when things don't work out the way I plan, but that's how you learn, right?