My Pottery Barn Necklace Frame Knockoff

Happy Freecycle Friday!!!
Well, I was drooling over the PB website lately and FELL. IN. LOVE. with their jewelry display frames!!
(but not the price)
So, since I had a few frames from the thrift store lying around………….I decided to make my own.

This is how mine came out!!!

This is their version 
I NEEDED some color in my bathroom, and I LOVED this blue!
Nice and bright and cheery.
I also adore the chunky~ness of this frame and the texture since it’s REAL WOOD (I don’t suggest doing this with plastic frames).
 Wanna make yer own????

Start out with an old frame like this one.

Take it apart (duh)

I sprayed mine with white primer for 2 reasons: 1. I wanted to make sure the paint stuck to the frame (alot of times it will chip easily if you don’t)  2. When I distressed it, I wanted a little white to peek through for some added dimention.

Then the beautiful blue~blue is my FAVORITE color :)

Then take some sandpaper to it till you LOVE it!!!
(I also sealed mine after that)

Next, drill some pilot holes into the frame where you want the hooks to go 
(pilot holes are IMPORTANT!! Not only do they make it easier to screw the hooks in……..but they will keep your frame from splitting)

I needed more hooks than the PB ones to hang all my necklaces…….not that I’m like “Fancy Nancy” and have a ton……..but I DO need more than 3 or 4 hooks!!! So I added some to the bottom as well.

Ta~ Da!!!!

So pretty and makes great decor too, since your necklaces are sparkly and multi-colored!!

So go get yer empty frames and have at it!!!!
Have fun!!

P.S. Still no Tink :(


About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. I love it! looks great :)

  2. I LOVE this!!! I am going to have a girl’s night and make these with my sisters!!

    As for Tink–have you looked in the laundry basket, pants worn that day, etc? My mom used to find Army men in my brother’s laundry all the time!

  3. Fabulous!

  4. I like yours better :)

  5. This is SO CUTE!! I love how your distressed frames turned out. Loving your knock off way better that the PB original!

  6. My sister-in-law was just talking to me a couple of days ago about how to go about a project like this. I’ll be sure to send her the link. Thanks! :)

  7. I love it! And the blue is beautiful!

    I will be featuring this on my blog tomorrow.

  8. Love it! That blue is great!

  9. I love it! The blue is great. I can’t wait to try this out!

  10. i need to go garage saling for frames. and we heart heart heart HEART fancy nancy here. OHHH!!! maybe i’ll make one of these for my girls playroom to hang their necklaces…

  11. I like yours better too! At first, I thought you were posting the Pottery Barn frames! Cute!

  12. I too saw this on the PB site and decided to copy it!! I like how you added the extra hooks on the bottom, I didn’t think of that and like you I could use the extra places to hang necklaces!!

  13. LOVE it! Thanks for sharing this. Your necklaces are beautiful too.

  14. Too too cute!!!! Love the idea. Would make great gifts too!


  15. I love your frame, the color is so fun! I hopped over from The Two Savvy Sisters Blog and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and I hope you’ll do the same.

  16. Love this project! The color of the frame is fabulous! Really beautiful.

  17. I love the way your necklace frame came out. It was a good idea adding the extra hooks on the bottom too. Thanks for the easy tut.

  18. I just found your blog and I’m in love with it! You are so talented! I love what you did with the frames, I have so many old frames sitting around, I think I’ll give this a try! I’m a new follower! Have a wonderful weekend

  19. I like yours better than PB’s : )

  20. That came out great!! Love your blog/site and have you in my blogroll. I just started blogging and it’s great to see all this inspiration out there!!

  21. I’ve needed something beside the mirror above my vanity. Totally going with this idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. I really like these Emily-great idea.

  23. I LOVE this! I am also needing some color in my dressing area. Plus, my girls are starting to get a collection of jewelry. I love killing two birds with one stone!! Thank you.
    Rebecca of the R&W Gals

  24. I like yours better than Pottery Barn’s!

  25. Love it! That blue is gorgeous. Thanks for linking up!

  26. Too cute! Love your projects. As for Tink, did she take a bath? We’ve found toys drying in the tub that should be in the playroom. Just a thought.

  27. That is so pretty! What a fun piece of functional art. Thanks so much for the details, I’ll be linking.

  28. Very cool! I love the color especially!

  29. I will make this! Awesome. I love this. THank you!

  30. I wanted to thank you for this wonderful idea! I gave it a try and it turned out so pretty! I wrote up a blog entry on it and gave you the credit. (I hope that is ok)Thanks again for the inspiration.
    Take care

  31. I wanted to thank you for this wonderful idea! I gave it a try and it turned out so pretty! I wrote up a blog entry on it and gave you the credit. (I hope that is ok)Thanks again for the inspiration.
    Take care

  32. I agree with the previous comments that yours is better – love it! I have frames in the attic that just might have a 2nd life ahead of them!

  33. OK, I have to admit I was confused at first and I thought the blue frame was the PB one. I liked your version way better than the white PB one. Great job!!

  34. What a cute idea! I just wanted to let you know that I awarded you the Sunshine Award over at my blog!

  35. thats really cool!

  36. You should add some ‘screen’ that you can buy in a roll to the center and then you can put your earrings behind the necklaces and have a place for them too! Two birds, one stone!

  37. I’m a crafy newby. Never painted before. I want to paint some old wood frames either white or black. What kind of paint did you use? I see you sprayed it. What kind of seal? To do a distressed look, would you paint a different color under the white/black?

  38. Diane0512~ The paint I used was Rust-oleum “painter’s Touch” in Spa Blue. I decided to use a primer this time since it was impossible to sand down the old finish and I wanted to make sure the paint wouldn’t flake off. Plus, when I distressed it, I wanted the white to “peek” through :)
    You don’t have to use a primer, just make sure you do a little sanding first, though. The seal I used was Krylon “Low Odor, Clear Finish” in matte.

  39. saw this post back when it was originally posted, but am now just getting around to actually making the frame–cant wait! my sister and i are getting together one late night this weekend to do.

    LOVE your blog!

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