So Much Jewelry, So Little Space

As you might imagine, as a writer on vintage style and owner of several vintage shops, Madge owns jewelry. A lot of jewelry. It’s a constant struggle to keep all her pieces organized. She’s tried hanging necklaces on hooks, and used desk organizers for earrings and bracelets but nothing has worked. Soo much jewelry, so little space. And then she saw it, at an estate sale – a vintage jewelry armoire.

costume jewelry pile
Vintage jewelry armoire
wood armoire

As you can see it’s uninspired Early American but man can it hold a lot of loot. There are side doors for hanging necklaces and lots of drawers for other treasures. Madge snapped it up and hauled it home with visions of sanding and painting dancing in her head. And there it stayed, in the garage for a year, gathering dust. That eager painter chic left the building.

Well the jewelry pile continued to grow, and then Madge found her solution in Debbie Brady Robinson. Debbie is a talented artist who lives on Tybee Island, Georgia. Tybee is an old-fashioned beach town off the coast of Savannah and is Madge’s and Mr. Madge’s favorite getaway spot. Debbie is widely known for her nature and wildlife paintings and beach scenes are one of her specialties. Debbie has a wonderful light-filled space, Signature Gallery, where she sells a carefully curated collection of artists. Many different types of media, including glass and pottery, are represented amongst her own work, all with a nature-oriented theme.

hall of frames

While all the art is amazing, the pieces that Madge loves the most are Debbie’s painted furniture. She can take the worst looking side table, desk or chair and turn it into a wondrous work of usable art. Would she perhaps tackle the armoire?

hand painted desk
Hand painted chair
painted roll top desk

So several months ago, Madge drove the armoire to Tybee and deposited it at Debbie’s gallery. It would be a lot of work, sanding off all that ugly cherry finish then applying several primer coats before she could begin her masterpiece. Madge was resigned that were would be no instant resolution of her jewelry pile.

hand painted jewelry armoire
jewelry storage idea

Well, Madge is happy to announce that the armoire is finally finished, and it’s a stunner. At Madge’s request, it features a colorful motif of palm trees reflecting into the ocean on a white background.  Here’s Debbie showing it off.

Not only a piece of art, but it is also incredibly functional.  Now Madge can see her entire collection and won’t have to go digging to find that one piece.   There’s only one problem . . . it’s already full.

UPDATE:  Debbie has moved to Florida and is still taking commissions.  Check out her website at


Love & Hats Madge

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  1. Those are really stunning transformation. That’s is an amazing work of art. I will surely tell my sister about this as she badly needs to organize her jewelry pieces.

  2. Ahhhh…Madge? How are you going to top this? I too was a decorative artist and I loved to transform those pieces into works of art. This is just splendid and I know you will enjoy it for years to come. But…as you’s already full. I look forward to the next adventure…I’m enjoying traveling down this road with you..

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