Creative Reuse: Entryway Organizer

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

As you know, we love reusing materials and keeping them out of the landfill. However, there are some cabinet sets that are past their prime and are ready to be turned into something new! There are countless things one could do with the various pieces of an old cabinet set. Recently, we used the drawer front of an old set and upcycled it into an entryway organizer! Depending on the size of the drawer front, this could be used for anything as large as coats or as small as your keys and handbags. Read on to learn how you can make your own hook organizer, all from reused materials.

Materials:

  • Reused drawer front- we got ours at EcoBuilding Bargains, they have various shapes, sizes, and styles with prices to match
  • Electric Drill
  • Door knobs or hooks- we got these at EcoBuilding Bargains too. They have a wide selection of used cabinet knobs, so we sorted through and picked out our favorites!
  • Screws to match your door knobs
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Steps:

      1. Measure and mark

Before drilling the holes for the hooks and knobs to go in, we took our ruler and pencil and marked 3 inch spacing across our whole drawer front so we would know where to drill the holes, and so that each knob would be evenly spaced. Depending on the size of your drawer front and the size of your knobs, you may want to adjust the distance between your holes. We found that 3 inches was the perfect size for keys and handbags!

      2. Drill 

The first step is to make sure that you are using a drill bit that is the right size for the width of screw you are planning on using to fasten the door knobs onto the organizer. When you have the right size drill bit, make sure your drawer front is safely supported, with space for the drill to go through on the other end. Once you are all set up, drill a straight hole at each of the places you marked with your ruler. This is easiest with two people, with one securing the drawer front and the second using the drill.

      3. Paint

You can decorate your organizer in any way that you want! We chose to go with a classic white paint for a clean look, but added a little texture to give it an artistic look. We did this by using spray paint on the whole drawer front, and then taking our paint brush and gently making brush strokes across the whole piece to make it look a little more rustic.

        

4. Add knobs and hooks

After the paint drys, you can go ahead and screw in your door knobs and hooks into the holes you drilled!

 

To see a step by video tutorial of how we made this, see our Mass Appeal on WWLP 22 News segment

 

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