If you follow along on Instagram Stories, you may have seen our trip to Eyemart Express a couple weeks ago. Manda was picking out a new pair of eye glasses and we let our followers decide which pair to go with!
Here’s a quick back story on my vision: I got glasses for the first time in 3rd grade and my eyes grew steadily worse over the years. When I was 23, I had Lasik eye surgery and even though I had to have a special kind of surgery (because my vision was too bad, my pupils were too big and my eye tissue was too thin 🤷🏻♀️) and my recovery was a little rough, it was the best ever. Because I could finally see without contacts or glasses! Fast forward to 2017, when I finally had to admit my vision was going and I would need to get glasses, again. Ugh. I was majorly bummed by this.
I usually only wear my glasses when I’m driving or in crowded spaces, so I’m not wearing them all the time right now. I only have one pair of glasses and had been thinking about getting a second pair for back up, so when Eyemart Express contacted us about trying their new Plume glasses, I was really excited to try them out!
I’m really liking these new Plume frames. (The pair that got the most votes was the pair I was leaning more towards – so yay!). They’re extremely light, which is important to me because I don’t really want to be reminded that I’m wearing glasses. They also feel great, as in they don’t hurt my ears at all (like my other pair do) and they stay up on my nose really well (another thing my other glasses don’t do). We had so much fun at our local store – the store manager and sales rep were both really friendly and helped weigh in on which glasses they liked best. Once the frames were picked, we were told it would be about a half hour until they were ready to go with my lenses, so we headed out to grab some lunch and before we even arrived at the restaurant, we got a text saying the glasses were ready. So they were ready to go in under 20 minutes – so great to have your glasses ready to pick up that quickly!
Of course now that I have new glasses, I need somewhere to keep them when I’m not wearing them, so a new DIY was needed! We wanted to make something that would not only be place to keep your glasses, but could also help organize and store some jewelry. (This DIY is like a mix of our tablet stand, beauty dock and pegboard organizer – ha! The best of all worlds in one!) This simple, modern stand is perfect for your dresser or bedside table – keeping everything in one place and easy to find.
– 3/8”x12”x12” birch plywood
– 3/8”x6”x12” birch plywood
– 5” round mirror
– table saw
– sand paper
– drill with 3/8″ forstner bit
– wood glue
– 3/8″ wood dowel
Using a table saw, cut the larger board to 9”x11”.
Cut the smaller board to 9”x6”.
On the larger board, make a mark 2-1/2″ up from the short side and centered at 4-1/2″.
On the smaller board, make a mark 2-1/2″ up from the long side and centered at 4-1/2″.
Make sure the blade is raised up at least 1-1/2”, this will keep the over cut on the bottom side from being too long. Set the fence to 2-1/2″ and place the 2-1/2″ side with the mark at that end against the fence and cut to the mark you made at the center, pull the piece back away from the blade. You will need to make multiple passes on the saw, adjusting the fence slightly each time until your slot is the same size as the thickness of your board.
Repeat cutting the other piece in the same way.
Using the table saw, cut a 1/2” wide, 1/2″ deep notch in the top of the larger board for your glasses to hang on. You will need to make multiple passes on the saw, adjusting the fence slightly each time until your slot is 1/2″ wide.
Sand as needed.
Cut dowel into four 1 1/2” pieces.
Using a drill with a 3/8″ forstner bit, drill holes about 3/4 of the way through the board where you’d like the dowel pegs to go.
Place wood glue on the ends of the dowels and glue into holes.
Use epoxy to attach mirror to board.
Slide slots together and enjoy your new organizer!
If you’re looking to update your eyewear, head over to your local Eyemart Express and check out all the pretty frames from the Plume eyewear collection!
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