Let's Make...A Wall Organizer!Thursday, November 05, 2015
Ah, the kitchen quest. Bits n' pieces, bits n' pieces. Progress may be slow but it's progress nonetheless.
So in that quest to hoist the kitchen to its maximum of tolerable-ish enough order, a small step in keeping it clutter-free as visual clutter clogs my brain, it was time to partially address the dumping ground that is the cart I strongly dislike.
Stuff and gack and junk and crap and whatev's piles up here nonstop. Everything ends up right smack here. And it makes me nuts.
|Grrr. Clutter. This is relatively tame too.|
Somehow I came across this and thought, huh, superbly stellar idea!! and I have the perfect spot for it too! For a while I had been secretly kicking around the idea of painting the wall at the top of the back stairs, next to the pantry, as chalkboard. But, heh, I've maxed out on chalkboard in this house.
|Hey hey, finished wall organizer! Woo hooooo!|
What I used:
- 1 piece 2' x 4' x 1/4" birch plywood
- 1 1x4 poplar
- 2 1x2 pine
- leftover cork piece
- 2 mending plates* (though these are the ones I got which are wider)
- 2 1" wood knobs*
- 4 white cup hooks* in two different sizes
- keyhole brackets*
- yellow paint
After studying the example wall organizer, I knew I needed to veer a bit, i.e. sturdier materials and shooting for a stronger build as, well, Mike is not a delicate flower when it comes to stuff. He's tough on things plus, given its intended location, it has the potential to be whacked, bumped, knocked into.
Next was trimming the 1x2 to size to make the framing. A little measuring, a little math, a little cutting and the pieces were ready to go. Shockingly, they're pretty accurately cut; helps that I absolutely took my time.
|Hey, photo of 1x2 framing! Sweet! I put it on face rather than on edge to keep the profile tighter to the wall.|
After getting the base all assembled, it was time to plan the organizer parts. Based on the types of items that mound up on that kitchen cart, I drew a tiny sketch and shopped and cut from there.
|My original sketchy sketch.|
Using that spiffy mini saw and my uber fantastic miter saw, I trimmed up pieces of the birch plywood to make the boxes. I ended up with (boxes from left to right) 3.5"w x 3.5"t x 2.75"d, 6"w x 2.5"t x 3.75"d, and 9.5"w x 2.5"t x 3.75"d. Heh, in case you're wondering.
|Lil' cut pieces o' birch ply here, box parts, woo hoo.|
Once the boxes were assembled, I trimmed off two pieces poplar 1x4 for shelves, about 10" and 5" long.
Originally I was planning on placing the cup hooks on the face of the birch ply along the bottom but realized hey, they'd be way less snaggy if they were hidden up under the bottom shelf. Using a itty drill bit, I pilot drilled some holes and screwed those puppies on.
After all my pieces and parts were found and assembled, I laid everything out for one final check on placement and functionality.
|Yay, my favorite yellow!|
In the end, along with glue, I opted to screw in the boxes and the shelves from behind. Definitely made my brain squinty-hurt. Pilot drill the holes from behind first so the on-edge ply doesn't shatter and use tiny thin screws. Yes, I goofed twice and missed but a dab of paint or a skooch of a box over a smidge, no biggie.
|Oopsy-daisy. A wee hole there.|
To get the whole shebang sturdily up on the wall, it was those handy dandy keyhole brackets again to the rescue.
|Fancy schmancy keyhole bracket. Those are the screw heads for the wood knobs, fyi.|
|One for the blooper reel...Finn and the organizer.|
I did notice that without any prodding at all whatsoever, none, zero, zip zilch, he quietly placed his wallet and his office keys on the lower shelf. He later pointed out proudly that he had done so despite all his protestations of having to use this darn thing. I offered copious amounts of praise in return.
|Check out them yellows!|
Okey doke, off to see if I can wallpaper the kitchen. Cough, totally not nervous at all, nope! I'm sure you'll be posted on that adventure!
*The mending plates, wood knobs, cups hooks, keyhole brackets, and Gorilla Glue are all Amazon affiliate links. Mwah, thanks! Please see the "boring stuff" tab for more info.