The Ultimate DIY Rustic Jewelry Cabinet

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It’s up!!!  My new jewelry cabinet has been sitting in my bedroom, waiting to be hung as I’ve been unpacking for the past 3 weeks.  I actually completely finished it last month and have been so excited about mounting it, but I’ve been absolutely swamped with the move to the new house that I haven’t had time to hang it up on the wall till now…and I must say it looks as good as I imagined it would!

Oh, and I’m also happy to say that I was able to finally put my old, puny jewelry box to rest because I have something WAY BETTER NOW.

What girl WOULDN’T want one of these!









I hung tiny galvanized buckets to hold all of my little things that couldn’t be hung by themselves



Here’s how I built it!


  • Four 1x3s at 1ft 8 3/4in (Inner Frames)
  • Four 1x3s at 4ft (Inner Frames)
  • Two 1x6s at 2ft 3 1/4in (Outer Frame)
  • Two 1x6s at 4ft (Outer Frame)
  • Eight 1x3s at 4ft 2in (Doors)
  • Two 1x4s at 4ft 2in (Doors)
  • Six 1x3s at 1ft 1 1/2 in (Door Braces)
  • Box of 1 1/4 wood screws
  • My easy DIY old wood stain
  • Oil based polyurethane (I used Minwax clear satin)
  • One or two paint brushes (for applying the wood stain and also the polyurethane)
  • Four large old fashioned-looking hinges (I bought mine at Home Depot)
  • Two old fashioned knobs (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Double Magnetic catch (for the doors)
  • Five or six pegboard multi-tool racks  for hanging your jewelry (I bought mine at Home Depot)
  • Tiny Metal buckets (for holding small pieces of jewelry that can’t be hung by itself)


  • Chop Saw
  • Skill saw or table saw (only if you don’t buy the pegboard already pre-cut)
  • Hand drill with bits
  • Nail gun with 1 1/4 long finishing nails (if you don’t have a nail gun you can use a hand drill with screws)
  • Sander

You’ll also want to visit the links below to see how to build the side door organizers (which are really easy to make)


Make a frame by sandwiching the longer 1x6s in between the shorter 1x6s.  Then screw together with wood screws (remember those pilot holes!)


Place two 1ft 8 3/4in 1x3s and two 4ft 1x3s inside the outer frame, making an inner frame.  I attached the outer and inner frames together by nailing around the perimeter of the outer frame with my nail gun (where the arrows are pointing)

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Place pegboard on top of the inner frame and center it


Now add a second inner frame on top of the pegboard and screw down into the pegboard.

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For the doors, gather four 4ft 2in 1x3s and one 4ft 2in 1×4


Screw it all together using three 1ft 1 1/2 in 1×3 braces.  To keep the door piece from shifting, I put two screws into the 1×4 instead of one when attaching the braces (see red dots).

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Make two doors


I rounded off all the edges with a sander



(This is optional)  I wanted to make sure the doors fit before staining so I attached them to the box with the hinges.  Doing this gave the cabinet predrilled holes to easily put everything back together when completely finished.


Now that I knew the doors fit nicely, I removed them and stained the box and the doors with my easy DIY old wood stain.


At this point, you can decide if you want an unfinished old rustic wood look…


…or you can go one step further like I did and add a couple coats of polyurethane to it all.




Beautiful!  Now just add the hinges and door knobs


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Add the Double Magnetic catch to keep the doors closed when not in use



We are done with the main cabinet part!

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If you haven’t yet made the side door jewelry organizers that fit inside the cabinet, make sure to visit the links below:

If you’ve already built the side door organizers, here’s how to mount them:

Let’s first attach the DIY Rustic Pegboard Jewelry Organizer…

Center the organizer where you want it on the door, leaving a 1 3/4in margin on the inside of the door, to allow it to shut properly when the pegboard organizer is attached.

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I simply used a small hinge on the top and bottom of the organizer for mounting



Now let’s attach the DIY Hinged Vintage Earring Organizer…

Center the organizer where you want it on the door, leaving a 1 3/4in margin on the inside of the door to allow it to shut properly when the earring organizer is attached.

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Attach earring organizer with two small hinges


To keep the earring organizer closed, attach magnets at the top and bottom of the  organizer (I glued mine on with Super glue).

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Now just one more thing…

Throw out that tiny, cramped jewelry box you’ve been trying to fit all of it in!



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2 Responses to The Ultimate DIY Rustic Jewelry Cabinet

  1. Tink says:

    This is the most awesome jewelry cabinet I have ever seen! Finally, a jewelry storage unit where anything and everything can be stored all together! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the directions! Right now I have jewelry in my small jewelry box, on the wall, on another hanging item on my dresser and in my drawer. I will be able to finally organize it into one place! I can’t wait to get this project done. Thanks again Tee!

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