Creating a Built-In Wall Organizer

After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō’, I knew that we needed to create a built-in wall organizer for our home. I’m a firm believer that everything in your home needs a home or things quickly become untidy, so this was the exact thing we needed for those items that always end up gathering in a pile somewhere.

This built-in wall organizer is a place to collect mail, pens, sunglasses, keys and sunscreen/bug spray. I wanted this space to be specifically designed for things that we were quickly grabbing as we left the home, or things we place in it as we entered our home. I began my research on Pinterest, trying to decide what our perfect command center would look like. Once I sketched out what I wanted and explained it to Jeremiah, we ran to Home Depot to pick up our wood and began putting it together.

Jeremiah began cutting a huge hole in our brand new wall. At this point, we had only been in the house a little over a year, so this was nerve-wracking. We had no idea what was behind the wall, or whether or not we would open the wall up to an unusable space. We used a stud-finder before he jumped into cutting, but we had to take it a cut at a time.

We figured out what dimensions we had to work with and I began the final sketches of what I wanted to build, once we had opened the wall. My original sketch had drawers, cubbies and slanted areas, but we chose to go with something more simple as our original dimensions became extremely skinny dimensions. I made sure to add an area for mail, bug spray, pens, pencils and hooks for our keys.

I started by building the rectangular box, adding in the vertical shelving, then the horizontal shelving, and then using a Graco TrueCoat 360 Airless Paint Sprayer to spray the entire command center white. After screwing in the hooks, we placed the command center box into the wall. Cutting the molding to go around the edges, we attached it directly to the wall.

I chose to paint the wall a brighter color with a more durable paint since this is a high-traffic area. I used Silver Birch by Glidden to add a nice contrast from the color palette that I’ve used in our home. I extended this paint down the hallway so it would pop out of the corner of the foyer when you walked in the front door. This built-in wall organizer has been a life saver and a genuine time saver for us every day when we come and go. If you’ve been thinking about building one in your home – take the plunge and go for it! It will be a great addition to your home. I hope our built-in organizer is an inspiration for your home and that you can create one of your own.


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