As much as we adore our near ones and dear ones, sometimes the people we love give us things that are not to our taste, and by “not to our taste,” I mean hideous, awful things we wouldn’t display in a syphilis-ridden bordello. Of course we say thank you anyway, and basic courtesy dictates that we showcase our gifts when the gift givers come over, which is why it can be handy to have rotating display space somewhere in the house. This week, I’ll demonstrate how to take an old jewelry box and upcycle it into a rotating display cabinet for genuine treasures, which can be quickly swapped out for the duds when the doorbell rings. Because it is possible to preserve both good taste and good manners, I swear.
When I worked in the corporate world, I had one of those black plastic office supply caddies on my desk with the 15 billion little boxes and compartments in it, and I thought it was awesome. For about an hour. After that, I realized that the cute little door over my paperclips really just prevented me from getting at the paperclips, while the compartments that were too small for rubber bands and binder clips were not doing me any favors by holding random pennies, one thumb tack, and ten staples. If you’ve had similar experiences with a large company’s idea of convenient storage, you’ll appreciate this tutorial, which shows you how to build your own caddy for the stuff you want to store, in whatever quantity and manner you want to store it.