With the New Year in sight, it’s time to clean out the clutter and reorganize. In many homes, the entryway or mudroom — the spot where shoes are strewn off and coats are stored — is the messiest area in the house. To help keep these busy spots clean, consider building this simple DIY Wall Organizer, which you may have seen on one of our recent TV commercials. Find the step-by-step instructions below.
Skill Level: Easy
Time: 3-5 hours
Cost: Approximately $250
Tools & Materials:
- Paneled door (could also be repurposed)
- Tape measure
- Coat hooks with screws
- Razor blade
- Liquid Nails® adhesive and a caulking gun
- Dry erase paint
- Chalkboard paint
- Painters Tape
- Stud finder
- D-ring hangers and screws
Step 1: Hooks
Paint the door. After paint is dry, use the tape measure to center each coat hook underneath a panel. Mark the spots where the screws will go, and pre-drill the holes. Affix the coat hooks with a screwdriver.
Pre-drill a small hole next to what will be the dry erase panel. Attach a metal eyehook. When the project is complete, use a string to attach a dry erase marker to the eyehook.
Step 2: Corkboard
Measure the perimeter of the panel where you want the corkboard to go. Cut the corkboard to size. Apply adhesive to the back of the board, and set it into place.
Step 3: Paint
Fill the remaining panels with dry erase paint, chalkboard paint, or both, according to your preference. Allow time to dry.
Step 4: Hanging
Locate the studs in your wall with the stud finder. Mark two studs far enough apart to distribute the weight of your door. With the drill, place one long screw deep within a stud. Using string and a level, place the second screw in the other wall stud.
Using the studs and the protruding screws as a guide, affix two D-ring hangers on the back of the door. Keep them high on the back of the door where the wood is solid. It’s OK to pre-drill these holes, but don’t punch through the other side of your door.
Have a friend help you lift the door, and slide the D-rings over the screws in the wall.