Are you always look for extra ways to store things? It seems as though there is always room for improvement in the area of storage in the average home. I like to try to make better use of what I already have too. It can even be as simple as finding new purpose for a spot in our home. When I spied this message center at the thrift store I had no idea that it would lead me to create entry storage.
It was kinda like if you give a mouse a cookie story (much like my patio makeover), except this is the thrifted message center sort of ballooning project. The idea was to show you how to get organized, but then it grew and I’m so happy it did because here is what I did with it…
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See, I told you I ran with it. tee hee hee. Okay, so the whole idea of me doing this was to inspire you to try it too. I made this out of some pine boards, thrifted corbels (same as I used on my mug rack) and message center, and a pair of baskets from the dollar store. Oh, and don’t forget those gorgeous glass door knobs for hooks from my friend.
Want to try one too? Take a closer look at my design…it has the potential to be adjust to just about any space and can be tweaked to your hearts content. Add length, height, change up the accessories to suit your needs. But, I also understand not everyone wants or is able to DIY. So, if you love the entry storage, just head to my shop where you can purchase it for your home.
For those of you ready to give this a try, here is what you’ll need:
- 2 – 1″ x 6″ x 8′ boards cut into lengths shown below
- 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ board cut into lengths shown below
- 1 ¼” screws
- HomeRight Small Spray Shelter
- spray paint of choice (I used Aged Gray)
- stain of choice (I used Early American – my favorite seen HERE.)
- foam brush for stain
- wood glue
- hooks, baskets, message center – plus hardware to hang items (optional)
- 2 – corbels (optional for top shelf)
I built this unit in an afternoon, so I know you can do this! Let’s get our DIY on.
Step 1: Paint the thrifted items to be used (baskets, old picture frames turned chalkboards, etc). Grab your can of spray paint and the HomeRight Small Spray Shelter and give it a fresh coat. The shelter is perfect for the DIYer because it folds up flat and pops up in seconds.
I have show how much I love this little tent in these past posts, and can’t tell you enough how it has made my work easier. No more setting up boxes and sheets hoping to keep my work area clean. (or getting in trouble for overspray. ahem)
When you are done with your first coat, allow your paint to cure. Then repeat with a second coat if necessary.
Step 2: Cut wood boards using diagram below. This is where you can tweak the design to meet your needs. If you like the shelf on top, cut two additional 6″ boards at 45″ long. Feel free to play with it.
Step 3: Using your Kreg Jig, add two pocket holes to the end of each upright board. And if using corbels, add two pocket holes to both ends of your top 40″ board if adding a shelf.
Step 4: Assemble wood pieces as shown using wood glue and screws. This picture shows pocket holes for the side corbels if you desire. Just add them on the sides and then add two top boards measuring. It helps to have a large flat surface to keep joints flush.
Step 5: Stain the wood with your choice of stain. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area.
Step 6: Add flush mount hardware to the back. There are many different kinds of hardware to use. I chose to use a keyhole setup while my keyhole router bit is on its way…I can’t wait!
Step 7: You’re ready to add your storage essentials to your entry storage. Whether it’s coat hooks, baskets, a chalkboard or message center of some sort, it is totally up to you and what your family needs. This unit would also work well in a bathroom for towels, and toiletries. The options are limitless, really.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and find that it can lead you to less days of chaos and more days of time to enjoy what matters most. I invite you to pin and share this project to inspire others to give DIY a try too.
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