The existing organizer, which hangs on the narrow wall behind our door to the garage, was very sad and outdated. Along with being a holder for our keys and dog leashes, it had become a dumping ground for random receipts, appointment reminder cards, gift cards, etc. Quite frankly, we had let it get pretty junky looking.
At first I thought of just painting the wood frame white to give it a fresh updated look. (That's pretty much what I've done with everything else around here.) But I still really didn't like the look of the corkboard anymore, and the three cubby holes were too small. On to Plan B...
This summer, I had acquired some long pieces of wonderfully weathered barnwood. They've been sitting in our garage waiting for their time to shine, and this was a perfect excuse. I picked out one of the pieces -- which was about 34" long by 11" wide -- and gave it a good cleaning (or at least a sufficient cleaning). I used the jet setting on the hose to spray it down, then scrubbed it with a brush dipped in hot water & Dawn dish soap, then sprayed it down again. The process took a lot of the old dirt and grime off, revealing the perfect brown-gray weathered wood. The knots and nail holes give it even more character.
Several months ago I had also bought one of these galvanized metal envelopes from Target, for no other reason than I just really liked it and saw its potential for a project someday. I can see into the future like that, you know.
Galvanized Metal Envelope Mail Holder via Target
But the envelope alone wasn't going to be enough; I needed some other type of organization to maximize the functionality of this piece. The vision in my head involved wire baskets, so I set out on a search to find some. Not surprisingly, Hobby Lobby had exactly what I wanted. These little baskets only cost $2.50 each (at half off). I bought four for good measure, and ended up using two for my wall organizer.
Can't find these exact baskets at Hobby Lobby? You might want to check out these other options:
- Antique Black Wall Mounted Iron Mail Magazine Rack Utility Organizer
- Wall Mounted Black Metal Wire Mesh Entryway Mail, Keys, Wallet Storage Shelf Basket Rack w/ 5 Coat Hooks
- Living Goods Modern Vintage Wall Pocket
- InterDesign Axis Mail, Letter Holder, Key Rack Organizer for Entryway, Kitchen - Wall Mount, Bronze
You can barely see the wire used to secure the baskets.
The hooks from the old organizer ended up being just the right size.
It was meant to be!
Voila! My new farmhouse-style wall organizer was complete -- and maybe even better than what I'd envisioned in my head. The envelope will be used for bills & outgoing mail, and the baskets will be perfect for phone, wallet, sunglasses, etc. The total cost of my DIY farmouse-style wall organizer was around $15 (which isn't too shabby in my opinion).
In addition to the kitchen, it would also work well in an entryway or office. Of course, you could do the same thing with a piece of new wood that's made to look old & distressed. But I just love the look of the authentic barnwood! It's just hard to replicate this rough, rustic beauty.
I still need to buy some triangle hooks to hang my new wall organizer back on the kitchen wall, but I was too excited about it to delay this post. Besides, I still have to paint the trim on the nearby pantry and garage doors, so it might be a little while before I get it hung up anyway. You can be sure I'll share more pictures later!
How do you keep your mail/keys/receipts/etc. organized in the kitchen?
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