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If I don't have some place to put something the very moment I walk in the front door, I'm going to lose it. The number of hours I've spent searching for my purse, or keys, or sunglasses might very well astound you. It didn't take long for me to figure out I needed an organizer of sorts and I purchased a set of drawers and a coat rack that have served me well through the years.
But now that Rob and I are sharing a home it isn't working out quite as well and since our new space can be a bit awkward we're rocking the drawers and coat rack on different walls so things are spread out. I decided to take ready cut boards from the hardware store to make a new wall organizer that would meet our specific needs. We now have an area just for our mail (which seems to get lost constantly), two sets of keys, a little shelf for our sunglasses and hooks for our jackets, my purse and our dog leashes. In the end, I'm happier with this decorative yet functional bit of wall decor than I ever would have imagined!
Cut list for Poplar boards:
Using your hand saw cut various lengths of paint stirrers. Be sure to cut the indentation area of the handle away leaving only straight pieces of wood. Attach the wood to your backing board, laying out in a pleasing pattern and cutting to length as needed, with a healthy squeeze of Wood Fusion to the backside of each piece. Once covered allow the glue to dry at least 4 hours.
The mail holding area is created using a small piece of wood, to act as a shelf, and a bar shaped drawer pull to keep the mail together on that shelf. Place your drawer pull on the upper left portion of the organizer and then glue your 3/4" x 2" x 10.25" board 2-4 inches below where you'd like to place the bar. Allow the glue to dry at least 2 hours. Once dry, pre-drill holes through the back into the small shelf. Secure the wood in place with #6 screws through the holes you just made.
Drill through the back side and then attach your drawer pull above the shelf. On the right side of the unit pre-drill pilot holes and attach your knobs to act as keychain holders.
Use a 1/2" bit to drill holes down the lip for each of your coat hooks.
These are clevis grab hooks and they are going to add a fun, industrial bit of style to our organizer. You can find these near chain in the hardware store. Remove the pin by pulling the piece that looks like a bobby pin out. Run your 2" long bolts through each hook and in through the hole you drilled. Run your nut onto the bolt to secure the hook onto the lip.