If you’re anything like me, you have a hodge podge of items constantly occupying your counter tops. I don’t know why I do it. It gives me anxiety to see all of that clutter sitting there but still I neglect to find a proper system to maintain it all. That is until now.
I spotted this DIY wall organizer from Shanty 2 Chic on Pinterest and I instantly knew that this could work. No more mail, keys or other bits and bobs on the counter? Sign me up!
I immediately got to work building. I was lucky to have all of the materials on hand. The wood was from multiple other DIYs and the hardboard was from our bathroom board and batten (which I haven’t blogged about yet!).
Once I had the frame built it was time for some stain. I prepped the wood with some Minwax wood conditioner. This stuff is awesome at making your stain penetrate evenly. I used Minwax English Chestnut stain. It took about 3 coats to achieve the color that I wanted.
After the stain was dry I taped off the part around the chalkboard and set to work with my chalkboard paint. Two coats later and I was ready to call it complete. I let it dry and set for seven days (that’s how many days the paint can tells ya).
To up the awesomeness of this organizer I added some hooks to hang things like keys, scarves, the dog leash, yo-yos and toy parachute men. You know, the important stuff.