Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Converting a Vintage Dresser Top Mirror Into a Shabby Wall Display for Jewelry

If you look real close at the photo shown you will realize that this lovely jewelry display had a former life as dresser top mirror. With a little ingenuity, this charming vintage piece has been transformed to become a very attractive and practical support for hanging earrings and necklaces.

I found this clever “fixture” in a boutique shop which sells both new and vintage items. But this ideas would surely work well for antique dealers who specialize in estate and costume jewelry. What I like about this shabby style “jewelry display” is that it has two side “shelves” which can also hold more accessories as well as a stand-up mirror.

The original mirror which the frame enclosed has been replaced with ordinary screening, which you can pick up in a hardware store. The frame of the mirror was repainted white. As you can see, the earrings hang easily from this screening. The next time you come across an orphaned dresser top or a beat up dresser and top ...consider converting the top portion into a great wall display for jewelry. Photo courtesy of The Bleu Willow, Simsbury, CT

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of Iantiqueonline.com an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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  1. cute idea...I love that it has the sides for more display...something to keep in mind when there is a lonely one at auction...

  2. That is a cute idea... I recently transformed one into a bulletin board by replacing the broken mirror with cork board!