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Hi.

I'm Bri Garbani, a designer + photographer living in San Diego, California. It's here that I express my passion for dogs, design + DIY through writing + photography. If you like what you see, you'll want to check back often as I have a constant need to create + Native Blonde is my prime creative outlet.

Industrial Jewelry Stand

Industrial Jewelry Stand

This weekend I took a break from the larger projects currently in progress at the house to do something that provided instant gratification - build a jewelry stand.  Now that our master closet is nearly complete, I had started thinking about how I was going to house my jewelry and other small wardrobe accessories.  Taking advantage of the original built-in seemed only logical, so that's what I did.  

After a quick trip to the home improvement store to pick up some plumbing pipe, I was prepared at home with everything else that I needed to complete this project.  I pulled a piece of reclaimed lumber from the stock pile, gathered wood stain, spray paint, screws, masking tape (which I added after getting started) and I was good to go.  The tools I needed were a chop saw, drill, sander and foam brush.

Once I removed the grease from the pipes (soap and water did the trick), I then assembled it to the arrangement that made the most sense for the jewelry I plan to put on it.  Next, I cut the wood to size and gave it a quick sanding followed by one coat of stain.  Halfway along now, I decided that I wanted the plumbing pipe to retain some of its galvanized steel instead of spray painting it entirely, however, the threads would need to be sealed to prevent rusting since they are raw steel.  To have a two toned effect, I taped off the pipes and left the threads and joints exposed.  A little scuffing up with some sandpaper and a few coats of spray paint gave it the exact effect I was looking for.  Once everything was dry, I simply screwed the base down to the wood and I was done.  How simple was that?!  

Now the jewelry stand rests inside the built-in in my closet and I can find all of my jewelry quickly and easily.  You've got to love how one watch in the photo is still set on Dallas time.  The built-in needs some more love before it's considered done - a wall mirror at the very least.  But, I am happy that I have removed the hideous 'vintage' wallpaper, painted it out and added shelves.  More on this when I post the full closet reveal - coming soon!

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