A couple times a year two of my friends from University of Wisconsin (Phoebe and Michelle) and I get together and do some sort of craft or DIY project. It started with carving pumpkins. Now we each pick something and hang out and make them. Isn’t this what all twenty-somethings do with a free weekend?
I was inspired by this chalkboard wall organizer from Curate This Space. The condo I’m buying has a small kitchen. There is a small space between the kitchen cabinets and back door. I decided that a wall organizer would be a great fit for the area. It can house everything from dog collars and leashes to notes and letters. Plus it was a really easy project and I love the outcome. You will notice there are a few steps along the way (hint: paint colors) that don’t make it in the after photo, but many of my projects end up that way, so I am going to show the whole project (and the places where I changed my mind).
Here is what you’ll need:
- Metallic Gold Spray Paint (I used Design Master Premium Metals 24KT Pure Gold spray paint that I had left over from the DIY Starburst Mirror)
- Martha Stewart Living Metallic Paint in Vintage Gold
- Wood board
- Chalkboard Paint (I used the Craft Smart brand from Michaels)
- Liquid Nails (or a good glue)
- Clothespins (I found oversized black ones at Michaels)
- Wood Basket (dollar section score from Target – thank you Easter)
First, spray paint the knobs.
Next, paint the wood board and basket with chalkboard paint. I ended up doing about 4 or 5 coats (the bottle said you need two but I did a couple extra and then one more because I spilled some paint on the surface). I had my brother drill three holes in the board for the knobs to screw in before I started painting.
Trace a circle on the cork board using a round object (I chose a plate). Cut out the circle, and glue it on the board using Liquid Nails or a good wood glue. Glue on the clothes pins too.
You will notice at this point the clothes pins and basket are painted in colors that are not in the after photo. I like the color, but since I don’t know what colors I’ll be incorporating in my kitchen just yet, I didn’t want to commit to these colors. Plus, I LOVE the gold and black look. So, after a trip to The Home Depot on Easter Sunday (thank you for being open!), I found the Martha Stewart Living Metallic Paint in Vintage Gold. It is very hard to find metallic paints that aren’t spray paints and since everything was already glued or screwed on the board, I didn’t want to mess everything up with spray paint. After a few coats, the basket and clothes pins were metallic gold. Not pictured: my brother attached the basket. You can also see this is where I spilled paint all over the board. Some words of wisdom: don’t shake the paint if it might be slightly open….
I then decided to paint the cork board too. I’m really happy with how it turned out!
I touched everything up with another layer of chalkboard paint. According to the instructions on the chalkboard paint, you are supposed to cover the surface in chalk and erase it. So, that’s what I did once the paint dried.
Then, I attached a piece of chalk to the basket with some twine.
Here’s the final product!