In honor of the month of love, for the first time ever, we offered a Chics With Tools for couples. The project? A modular wall organizer. Heidi and Brent were the inaugural couple. (This was actually her idea.) It was a great bonding experience that yielded a very tangible result. Read on to find out how to make one of these incredibly versatile projects for yourself.
Cut the following pieces of wood:
8- 1”x4”x12 ¾”
8 -1”x4”x18 ¾
1-12”x18” ½” plywood
1-12”x18” chalkboard paneling
1- 1”x 6”x 12”
1 12”x18” cork
1 magnetic catch
5 cup hooks
- Mark holes in the small, narrow piece of wood for charging cords. Use drill press to make the holes.
- Mark the holes for the cup hooks in a short frame piece. Drill pilot holes using cordless drill.
- Using the drill press and 1 1/8" Forstner bit, make a hole for the power strip.
- Using the plywood as a template, cut the corkboard with a box knife.
- Sand off any rough edges and wipe off dust.
- Using a rag, lightly stain the wood, wiping off excess.
- Using 1”, 18-gauge nails, tack the frame to the ½” plywood.
- Connect the frame pieces to each other at the corners with 1 ½” nails.
- For the charging station, insert small piece with holes. Using 1 ½” nails, attach it to the frame, 3” from the bottom.
- Attach magnetic catch to the charging station unit.
- Attach piece for inbox".
- Using construction adhesive, attach chalk board panel and cork board.
- Screw in cup hooks.
- If time allows, stencil labels may be added.
- Nail components together if hanging as a single unit. Otherwise, attach hanging hardware.
There you have it: marital bonding and a home improvement project, all in the space of two hours!