So it’s basically gotten to the point that even my mom razzes me about my ability to lose sunglasses. We were out and about in Houston and “I lost my sunglasses!” My mom totally deadpanned, “again?” Hi. My name is Allison and I lose things… especially sunglasses… and even my mom teases me about it :)
Now it’s not just because I want to look cool when I wear sunglasses, because that just can’t be helped. I’m one cool cucumber in general. Ha! :) But seriously it’s because I have light sensitive eyes. Ugh. Around my eyes are wrinkling up like a load of clean laundry left in the basket too long all because I squint through bright lights of passing cars when I’m driving at night, at the movies because the dark room/bright screen really jacks up my world or just on a sunny day. Oh, and always when I work in my lightbox I made from PVC which is almost every day. Move me out over water, like in a boat and, oh my ever-lovin’ gosh it’s like razors are slicing their way through my eyes.
During the daytime hours if I am not indoors I always, always have on sunglasses. I’m that chick driving next to you where you think “gee, she must not realize the sun is going down because she still has her sunglasses on.” Nope, these babies stay on until the very moment I can’t see well enough and not a moment sooner. I still squint, which means I’m still wrinkly, but it’s amazing how much better a pair of $5 sunglasses can improve my quality of life.
I buy cheap because I am constantly losing my sunglasses. The most expensive pair I bought were when I was old enough to know better but too young to care as soon as I deposited my very first “big” working girl’s paycheck. I lost them the next day. The. Next. Day. Ugh.
So in order to keep from having killer headaches constantly I keep a stash of sunglasses everywhere. I have a few pairs in my car, Rob’s car, in my old bedroom at my parent’s house (where my mom also keeps me a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, the soap and shampoo I like, medications I take frequently, etc. because she loves me :) and I even had a few pairs in my mom’s car until my dad went on a clean out the console spree and, guess what, he lost ’em for me :)
At home by the front door I was using my mail organizer I made for iLoveToCreate a while back to set sunglasses side by side by side and it was working okay. They were in the perfect spot and high enough that the cats can’t swipe them onto the ground because they think all of my stuff apparently isn’t good enough to sit on the same shelf or table as them. Swipe… crash. But the knobs that I use to hang my car keys did directly influence the design of this sunglasses organizer. In fact I borrowed a knob from that guy :)
What do you think? Love it? I’ve got to tell you, it is so easy to make. Like, can you drill a hole? Yep? Well, then, let’s get it done.
For this project you will need:
- 4″ wood board of decent quality
- Power drill + bits
- Tape measure
- Knobs of your choosing (These bar knobs are similar to what I used)
- Picture hanger
First up, what do you think of this wood? This is “barn wood” I bought from Home Depot. I keep going betwen loving it to wishing I just bought a regular piece of poplar to stain a dark brown… Not sure. It cost me around $7 for a 4 inch board (which in reality is 3.5 inches wide) and about 8 feet long. It saved me a little bit of work and it still looks pretty cool so now I’m back on the digging it side of the fence. Hmm.
I’ve got measurements for you to use but you’ll need to have a 24 inch (2 foot) board in length. At Home Depot they’ll totally cut that 8′ business into four 2′ boards for you, lickety-split.
For a 24″ piece of wood, if you want your glasses held in the same place as mine you’ll want to drill holes at the intervals seen above. I made my top knob closer to the edge than the bottom because if I place some of my gigantically large frames onto the bottom they would hang over the edge and look a bit disproportionate.
Now I’m no good at math so that was a LOT of drawing pictures to figure out how to space them out evenly :)
Using a marker measure out the marks you’ve chosen for your own placement or use mine as follows: From the top of your board and right in the center of it, make marks at 1.75″, 5″, 8.25″, 11.5″, 14.75″, 18″ and 21.25″
Drill a hole through each of your marks. Try to make your drilled hole as straight as possible. Try though I might I often find myself with wonky, angled holes but if you use knobs like I’ve got I can show you how to easily fix it in a few steps, so no worries there…
If you need your sunglasses organizer to hang flush with the wall you can counter-sink the screws for the knobs. Simply take a drill bit that is slightly wider than the heads of your screws and make a shallow drill on the backside for each of the knobs. Now the screw heads will sit inside of this shallow divot instead of poking out the back. Cool, right? They make it sound so hard. “I’m gonna go countersink some screws and maybe do a little bit of advanced physics to wind down after.” Bah. It’s easy.
Attach your knobs through the holes that you made and we’re pretty close to done on this sucker.
*Quick tip – use a screwdriver and tighten by hand. Using a power drill can easily get away from you which will strip the screws making it difficult to fully tighten or remove the screw.
Now did any of those fancy bar knobs go wonky on you? Me, too! Just smack that business with a hammer until it straightens out. It will bend the screw as it goes through the wood, which might make it a weensy bit difficult to remove in the future but if you’re planning on this baby for the long haul, I wouldn’t sweat it.
*Quick tip – don’t smack it like a lunatic. Give it swift and firm hits, stronger than a tap but not a full out massive attack or you might break your knobs and we don’t want that now, do we?
Go ahead and test this baby out. I couldn’t wait! This works super well for my plastic frames that have a bit of bend/give and my thinner glasses. I simply put them over the knob and the bar handle acts like a nose to hold them in place. My thicker glasses have to be pinched together a bit to fit inside and I worry that might someday mess up the hinges for the ear thingies but, in all honesty, I haven’t had any problems yet and I’m yanking sunglasses and replacing them on this thing all day long.
To finish, add your choice of a wall hanger to the back. I went with a saw-tooth hanger from my general picture hanging kit because it’s cheap and easy.
*Quick tip – use needle-nose pliers to hold small nails and tacks in place when hammering. Your fingers will thank you.
This sunglasses organizer, as I’ve set it up, holds 7 pairs of glasses for me perfectly well. I’ve actually got it hanging right by the front door, underneath a little cubby that holds important things we might need to take with us when we hit the road. It’s PERFECT. Like, so perfect. I LOVE IT.
p.s. I couldn’t think of another fun sunglasses saying so I went with this song even though, as I explained to Rob that it’s super creepy with it’s lyrics about “so I can, so I can watch you when you’re sleeping”. I mean, who sings something like that?!?
Apparently nobody and especially not Corey Hart (who is also NOT the same guy that was best friends with Corey Feldman, BTdubs) sings anything about watching anybody sleeping. Except for me, I suppose :) I know because I googled the lyrics when Rob gave me sideways eyes upon my creepy proclamation. Meh. Want to learn a 10 cent word? Mondegreen <— the word that sounds so fancy that essentially means a misheard phrase or lyric. You learn something new around here all the time, right? Have a good one!