Chalkboard Painted Mini Drawer Organizer

It’s junk revision challenge time again, and this month our theme is organization.  Let me just say that I’ve got so many areas that need to be more organized, I wasn’t sure where to begin.  But the room most in need (at least my stomach tells me so) is the kitchen!

I did a quick inventory in the kitchen.  What do need? What do I want?  The list could go on, but I knew one item I really wanted was a chalkboard painted “something” that would help us take quick notes thought out the work week.

Turn an old mini drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

Next, I went out to the hobby shed to peruse my stash of junk to see if I had anything that would do the job, and I happened to come across an old mini drawer organizer. I’ve had this one for quite a few years.  As a matter of fact, my sister let me keep this one in her barn last winter, along with a bunch of other junk, so we could open up more space at the townhouse for the potential move.

Now back in the kitchen, mind you, we already have two junk drawers that are almost full, and we’ve only been here since August.   If we keep going at this same pace, we’ll need two more drawers by this coming July. I’m sure some of you can relate, but have you ever noticed that the more cluttered it is, the less likely you are to want to re-organize it? Yep! 

Turn an old mini six-drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

So I figured, if I could paint the mini chest with chalkboard paint and de-clutter my two junk drawers at the same time, I’d be on my way to the junk revision organization challenge.

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Make sure to check out all of the other junk revisions at the bottom of this post so that you can get inspired to get your own organizing on this post-holiday season.

Turn an old mini six-drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

Turn an old mini six-drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

Turn an old mini six-drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

Chalkboard painted mini drawer organizer and message center

Supplies I used:

Mini drawer organizer (knobs were missing)

White paint

Chalkboard paint

2 Small sponge brushes, 2 small sponge rollers

Blue painters tape

Sand paper sponge block – 200 grit

Clean cloth

Sisal rope – for DIY Sisal Rope knobs (find tutorial link in this post)

Larger drill bit and power drill (optional, but needed for making the diy rope knobs)

Turn an old mini six-drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

  1. I removed the drawers and drilled larger knob holes to a size just slightly larger than the diameter of a pencil.
  2. I gave all pieces a good cleaning.
  3. I painted the entire mini chest and drawer fronts with 2 coats of white paint;  letting each coat dry; and then I gave the whole piece a light sanding with the sanding sponge, then wiped it all down with a clean cloth.
  4. I taped off the top and bottom section, and painted the center area with two coats of chalkboard paint, using the sponge brush to get into the small nooks along the top an bottom and the roller for the rest of the areas, as well as the drawer fronts.  I made sure to let each coat of chalkboard paint dry in between.
  5. I gave the whole piece another gentle sanding and then added the diy rope knobs.

Turn an old mini six-drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

kitchen-corner

We’ve got quite a ways to go in the kitchen, and I have a designated spot for it eventually, but for the photos, I’ve placed it in our soon to be mudroom area along with that cute little snowman wreath, mauve ribbon and all.

Turn an old mini six-drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

I’m pretty pleased at how this organizer turned out.  Not only can I now jot down a quick message or reminder, but I have also been able to filter out some of the over flow in our junk drawers and this has already made a difference in my quest to be a little more kitchen organized in 2016.

Turn an old mini six-drawer organizer into a dual storage-message center with chalkboard paint from Stow and TellU

Scroll on down to see more organizing inspiration from the other Junk Visionaries using junk you might have laying around your own home!!

   

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19 Responses to Chalkboard Painted Mini Drawer Organizer

  1. Jeanette January 6, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Amy, you have my mind working. I have something similar in my workshop that I left in it old wood state. I’m thinking it needs an update now! Thank you for the inspiration. I’m thrilled to be in the group with you! 🙂

  2. Anne January 6, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Nice job!! I love those rope handles and chalkboard paint is always a great fave!

    xox

  3. Cathy January 6, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    Chalkboard paint is one of my faves. This little cabinet makes such a cute addition to your kitchen and so much storage. Love it. Cathy

  4. Jill Flory January 6, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    Awesome! Chalkboards are great and putting them on something unexpected is really cool!

  5. Keri January 6, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    I’m a sucker for anything chalkboard! It’s another surface that you can write on. 🙂 I love this organizer you made from the mini drawer, and those handles are a lovely touch!! Awesome job!!

  6. Claire January 6, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    Love the chalkboard ! So handy as you can write what’s in each draw rather than having to open them all to find stuff.

  7. Carrie January 6, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    I love this idea! Those knobs are adorable. Great job, and thanks for the inspiration!!!

  8. Kim @ Hunt & Host January 6, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    Such a useful and much needed makeover! I need to get some chalkboard going in my kitchen too…can’t believe I haven’t done something like this yet!

  9. Sherry January 6, 2016 at 11:39 am #

    Where have I been! I didn’t know you were doing a link thingy… I love this idea of organizing the junk! Especially making it a chalkboard! I have 3 junk drawers in the kitchen… embarrassing! Now, I am inspired to clean them out. Can I come over and peruse your hobby storage shed? LOL!

  10. Lucy @ Patina Paradise January 6, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    Oh I love little drawers for storage and organizing… and you made it do double purpose with the chalkboard paint! Very creative and functional!

  11. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins January 6, 2016 at 10:55 pm #

    Amy I love the new look! Good idea to use Chalkboard paint. Pinning and sharing.

  12. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage January 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    That turned out amazing Amy! I love it. I didn’t make it into this challenge, but I’m enjoying seeing what everyone else came up with.

  13. kahleen January 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    I’m a chalkboard paint fanatic, so I really love this idea! Also, I think the rope handles are darling and add such a nice touch! I think we all could use less junk in our drawers! lol xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  14. Debrashoppeno5 January 9, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    Good upcycle of the little chest. There is nothing like chalkboard paint to update a piece.

  15. Feral Turtle January 9, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    This is awesome Amy…DUAL PURPOSE!!. I think I would need 20 of them to clean out my junk drawers. Happy New Year!!

  16. Bliss January 28, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    That’s cute! I’ve got a smaller thing that is similar, white with some glass knobs I picked up at a garage sale. It’s needed a little something something but I’m not sure what to do, maybe I’ll add words to it.

  17. Michelle February 11, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Total awesomeness. Beautiful!!

    • Amy February 11, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

      Thanks so much Michelle it has been a handy little organizer to have around.  

      Have a great weekend – Amy

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