By: Grace Mitchell
A central home organizer is a simple way to help your family work together as a team. Making one is as easy as finding a cabinet door, a few supplies and about 15 minutes in your busy day.
Tip: Many home surplus stores have cabinet doors for sale at great prices. Go shop, explore, choose your preferred size/style and get crafting!
- Lightly sand the front of the door
- Wipe it down completely with a wet paper towel and let dry
- Paint the top half of your door with chalkboard paint
- While the chalkboard paint is drying, cut the corkboard to size to fit the bottom half of the cabinet door
- Glue corkboard to door’s surface
- Attach the hanging hardware to the back of the cabinet door
- Add small hooks to the bottom part of the cabinet frame for keys and trinkets
Tip: Use a chalk pen (more permanent than chalk but will still wipe away with a wet cloth) to write family members’ names, schedules or menus at the top of the door.
Nine More Uses for Cabinet Doors
Cabinet doors don’t have to be just a message station!
- Line the door with corkboard and cover it with burlap to make a jewellery organizer
- Frame a large photo or a collage of photos in the inset of a cabinet doorframe
- Add drawer pulls to either side of a painted or stained cabinet door to create a tray
- Paint the entire door with chalkboard paint and use it as a grocery list in the kitchen
- Add hooks to the door and paint it as desired (or not at all) and use it as a coat hanger
- Paint a game board on the front of the door for chess or checkers
- Take seven doors painted with chalkboard paint and hang them in a row (Label each one with a day of the week, and use them as a weekly calendar)
- Glue clothespins to the door and clip reminders or important notes on it
- Affix old postcards or flashcards to your door for a personal art piece
Grace is passionate about home décor and smart DIY projects, as evidenced on her blog, A Storied Style. Being organized is the key to her calm as she and her husband raise their four children, ages 5 years and under.