This post is sponsored by the Home Depot. Today I’m sharing a fun project I worked on with the Home Depot, customizing a Jewelry Holder! I created a secret compartment that is hidden by a push-mirror and I’m obsessed with how it turned out.
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I took me a bit to figure out the right place for it, since it sticks out a few inches from the wall. I think this would be super cute in a bathroom, but I put it alongside my closet. I love having the jewelry so accessible alongside my clothes and the convenience of a mirror right there is so nice too!
Here is an animated GIF I made to show how it works:
Miter saw (unless you get everything cut at Home Depot)
Nail gun (optional)
1 1/2″ nails, 18 gauge (if using brad nailer)
3/4″ nails, 18 gauge
2- 3″ wood screws (to attach to studs in wall) OR picture hanger hook
2 pairs – 3″ flat corner brace
2 pairs – 2″ flat strip brace
1 pair- 2″ long Brass Middle Flat Hinge
1 Mirror (about the size of a piece of paper)
1×4 board @ 6′, Cut– 2 @ 22″ long side with 45 degree miter cuts, 2 @ 15″ long side with 45 degree miter cuts
1″ wide Colonial Moulding, Cut 2 @ 9 1/2″ short side with 45 degree miter cuts, 2 @ 16″ short side with 45 degree miter cuts
Strip moulding – 1/4″ thick with rounded edges, Cut 2 @ 20 1/4″ long side with 45 degree angle miter cuts, 2 @ 13 1/4″ long sides with 45 degree angle miter cuts, 2 @ width of mirror for short side and 45 degree angle miter cuts, 2 @ length of mirror for short side and 45 degree angle miter cuts
1/4 sheet of 1/2″ plywood, Cut– 20 3/8″ x 13 3/8″
1×3 board @ 6′, Cut– 2 @ 22″, 2 @ 13 1/2″
1/4 sheet of 1/4″ plywood, Cut– 22″ x 15″
220 grit Sandpaper
White semi-gloss paint
Satin Bronze Metallic Spray Paint
Step 1: Build Frame
Place wood glue on the mitered ends of the 1×4 pieces and attach corners using the flat corner braces and the flat straight braces. Turn over the frame and staple the miter seam with the heavy duty stapler. Place the staples about 3/4″ from the inside corner so that the trim will cover it. (p.s. I ended up removing the flat braces once it was completely dry– so it could shut more flush against the box frame.)
Step 2: Attach Aluminum Sheet
Cut the aluminum sheet to size and spray bother sides with the gold/bronze spray paint. Attach the the face of the frame using the stapler. Nail the colonial moulding on top of the aluminum sheet using 3/4″ nails.
Step 3: Build Secret Compartment
Place wood glue on the ends of the 1×3 pieces and arrange them to make a box frame. Place the secret compartment door (1/2″ plywood) inside the box and make sure there is a tiny (1/16″) gap on all sides before nailing the frame together. Nail at the ends using the 1 1/2″ nails. Place some scrap 1/4″ thick pieces of plywood under neither the 1/2″ plywood so that it is in the position it will be once attached to the hinges. Mark where the push latch needs to be positioned when closed, as well as the 90 degree angle hinges. Attach the push latch with the screws provided about half way down the side of the frame. Attach hinges first to the sides then to the secret compartment door.
Nail the back of the secret compartment (1/4″ plywood) to the box frame. Attach the front face frame that has the aluminum sheet attached (not pictured) to the box frame using the flat hinges.
Step 4: Attach Mirror & Trim Out
Center the mirror on the secret compartment door and attach it using the liquid nails. Attach the trim using liquid nails around the mirror, then along the outer edge of the secret compartment door. Hold in place using painter’s tape. Fill seams with white caulk.
Step 5: Paint White
Fill holes and cracks with wood filler and sand everything smooth. Tape off aluminum sheet and mirror and paint everything with 2 coats of white paint (inside and out).
Step 6: Attach Key Holder Racks & Magnetic Door Latch
Measure and mark desired placement of key holder racks (I attached one about 2 inches from the top and the second about 6 inches down from that).
Drill the hole for the magnetic latch using 1/2″ drill bit on the top corner of the secret compartment frame. Screw magnet holder into place and other end of latch on the top corner of the back side of the face frame door.
Attach this to the wall using screws or a picture hanger hook.
Are you ready to build one of your own? You can build the face frame at the workshop and then do the secret compartment box at home! Home Depot will even cut all the wood for you! 🙂
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