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DIY Organization Board: Chalkboard, Magnetic, and Chicken Coop Wire

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 by in $10 DIY, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Can you believe this organization board was made from recycled items such as an old window, picture frame backing, chicken coop, chalkboard paint, magnetic paint, and wooden hooks? How cool is that!

An organization board that combines a chalkboard, magnetic board, and chicken coop. Everything you need to get organized!

I am one of the least organized people you will meet in your life. I misplace my keys, wallet, and cellphone at least once a day. I try to put them all in a spot I will not forget and then I do. My lack of organization paired with my head up in the clouds are a horrible combination when you are a mom, let alone a mom of twins. Thank goodness I haven’t misplaced a twin yet or confused their identities. If the latter happened, I might need to be institutionalized see as I have boy/girl twins!

I have been pining for an organization board for several years now. No I am not joking. Who waits that long to get something they desperately need and is quite simple to make? I do, that’s who. I have to mention that it can take me awhile sometimes to get around to starting or finishing a project, thus the years without an organization board. Now that I think of it, this blog has actually helped me become more organized, disciplined, and accomplished! Now that is an encouraging revelation!

I was inspired to finally make my board when I spotted a broken window on the side of the road. I instantly knew how to repurpose it and what the end product would look like. Do you have that happen to you, that you can see the completed project in your mind before you even begin? Anyways, I brought it home and created one of my favorite DIY projects yet! I think my organization board has had the biggest transformation of all my projects. I hope you enjoy and share it on Pinterest! If you aren’t following me yet, you can follow me now to see my inspirations and get to know me better.

SUPPLIES:

Old Metal or Wood Window
Chalkboard Paint
Magnetic Paint
White Spray Paint
Chicken Coop Wire
Picture Frame Backing
Wooden Hooks
Hot Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Wire Cutters
Paint Roller
Rollers
Epoxy

I found this broken window on the side of the road and just had to have it! Matt is a saint to put up with my “junk” treasures that are accumulating all over the house. He is creative in his own right, but he does not have a vision for what I am going to do with a piece. HAHA!

Repurpose an old window by turning it into a chalkboard

The window was originally dirty and broken.

A old wooden or metal window can be refurbished to make an organization board.

BEFORE: The cast off window.

Step One: Start by removing the broken glass. Make sure you wear safety glasses and gloves. After you have removed the glass, remove the window frame by popping it out. Then, cut out the screen in the panel below. Remove the frame and set aside for future DIY projects.

You can salvage a broken window by turning it into a chalkboard.

After removing the broken glass, remove the window frame.

Cut the screen out.

Cut the screen out.

Step Two: Cut the chicken coop to the frame measurements. Attach on the backside of the window using Epoxy or hot glue.

Use chicken coop to hang receipts, keys, cards, etc.

The chicken coop replaced the old screen. It will be perfect for hanging items from.

Step Three: Paint the small rectangular section with magnetic paint and let dry.

Paint on magnetic paint to make an instant magnetic board.

Paint the small rectangular section of the window with magnetic paint.

Then, spray white spray paint on the front and sides of the window. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Spray paint again to get a bright white window. After two coats, flip the window over and repeat spray the backside.

To spruce up this metal window, just spray paint it! It is really easy and makes the window look wood.

Spray paint the window.

Step Four: I bought a picture backboard at Habitat for Humanity for $2, but I am sure you have picture frames lying around that you could take the backboard out of and use. I used a baby wipes container to put the paint in rather than buying a paint container.

Instead of buying a paint container, reuse a baby wipes container.

Painting Supplies

Using a paint roller, roll the chalkboard paint up and down until the entire board is covered. I decided to paint an unusually large board so I could use the scraps for future projects. Let the chalkboard paint dry for several hours and then apply a second coat. Pay attention to blending the lines that come from the roller when you go up and down. To get rid of the lines, roll lightly over the area. Once the paint has dried, measure the window frame and cut the chalkboard to the specified measurements. Pop it into the window and you are almost finished with your organization board!

The finished chalkboard placed inside the old window frame.

The finished chalkboard placed inside the old window frame.

Step Five: Turn the window over. On the backside of the window, you will find the original brackets that held the glass and screen in place. Loop thick rope under the top two brackets and triple knot. Turn the screw until it secures the bracket against the chalkboard and the window frame. Screw the bottom brackets down to secure the chicken coop.

Use brackets to secure the chalkboard in the old window.

Secure the chalkboard.

Make sure the bracket is flush against the window frame and chalkboard.

Make sure the bracket is flush against the window frame and chalkboard.

Step Six: Turn the window back to the front and set aside. Spray paint the wooden hooks and let dry 30 minutes.

Wooden Hooks

Wooden Hooks

After you paint the hooks, turn it over and lightly brush with Epoxy. The Epoxy glue will dry quickly, so make sure to place the wooden hooks on the window as soon as you are done applying the glue.

Use Epoxy to glue hooks to a metal window.

Painted hooks ready for Epoxy.

Step Seven: Let the Epoxy dry for about an hour and then hang your organization board on a wall. Congrats, you have made your very own repurposed organization board!

Repurpose an old window by turning it into a chalkboard

BEFORE: A broken window.

Can you believe this organization board was made from recycled items such as an old window, picture frame backing, chicken coop, chalkboard paint, magnetic paint, and wooden hooks? How cool is that!

AFTER: An organization board that is 4 in 1! It has a chalkboard, magnetic board, chicken coop wire, and wooden hooks for hanging important items.

4 Comments

  1. Super cute! I love stuff like that!

  2. That is really cool. I sometimes can picture something before it is completed.

  3. I love it!!!! I need one too.
    Found your blog cause Matt posted this link on his facebook. You have an awesome husband. I wish my hubby and I could hang out with yall. We have like a million things in common!!
    Also I’m following you on Pinterest now. :)

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