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$15 DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

I am not a naturally organized person. I think it's because I can be a bit lazy; if putting something away involves extra work, I'm more likely to just leave the thing sitting on a table than actually clean it up. 

As a result, I've spent most of my adult life trying to trick myself into being organized. Just got home? The mudroom hooks are a closer spot for my jacket than the chairs three feet away. Don't want to carry the tools back to the basement? There's an upstairs tool organizer for those.

I know myself. If organizing isn't easy, I won't do it.

This desk organizer is my latest attempt to trick myself. I saw a similar monitor riser organizer on Amazon, and thought I'd be more likely to put pens and papers away if their proper home was on top of the desk, and not a drawer that was blocked by my body. But it was more money than I have to blow on an organizer, so I decided to make my own. And since I was making my own, I could customize it to fit exactly what I needed to store. 

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

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The Plan

I started by writing out a list of what I wanted to store in the organizer. I was aiming for the things I use most often, that I was constantly going to be grabbing throughout the day.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

I am obsessed with PaperMate Flair pens – I'm a former teacher, and I got so used to using them back then that I’m almost incapable of writing with anything else. The only other writing utensil I feel comfortable with are pencils, which makes sense, given that I taught math… As a result, one of my primary requirements for this organizer was that it had a spot for my colored pens and a separate spots for pencils. I ultimately decided drawers on either side of one of the levels would be perfect for this.

I also have a wireless keyboard and mouse for my computer. When I’m not using them, I want an easy space for them to go so they’re not just sitting out on the desk looking ugly. I also have two graph-paper notebooks that I use constantly; one for the blog and one for my life. I figured those and my planner could go in one section together. Finally, I want a place for all the random mail and bank statements and such that I have to file. In past lives, these things have just cluttered up my desk for a long time (a really long time- frequently 6 months) until a guest was coming over. Not saying that won’t still happen, but at least they’ll have a home in the meantime.

I finally came up with the following drawing:

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

I added labels so you could see what I was thinking! Also, I didn't put a key on this, but I was trying to draw it to-scale where each box was representing 2 inches.

It was perfect. It would fit everything I really needed, plus would be pretty easy to make out of a single 1” x 12” x 10’ board.

The Prep
Materials
  • 1   1" x 12" x 10' pine board
  • 1/4" plywood (optional)
  • 1 1/4" Kreg Screws
  • 1 1/4" Wood Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Finish/Polyurthane/Lacquer
  • Brad Nails (I used a nail gun, but this isn't necessary)
Tools
  • Drill/Driver
  • Spade Bit
  • Saw (I used a Miter saw, but you could accomplish this with a circular saw as well)
  • Nail Gun (Optional)
  • Kreg Jig
  • Large Clamp (Greater than 24")
A Short Note About Cost:

Most of the materials above are common wood shop supplies (for me at least.) The only thing I had to purchase was the 1" x 12," which cost about $15. I thought that was a steal for this organizer! But if you have more supplies to purchase, that could drive the cost up dramatically, so make sure you know your inventory when considering if this project is monetarily worth it!

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The Process
Step 1: Cut Boards to Length

In my drawing, I planned for the organizer to be 25 1/2" long; 24" for the internal boards, plus the 3/4" thickness of each end. I therefore started by cutting three 24" pieces out of my 1" x 12".

Despite being the best piece Home Depot had left, the pine I purchased was a little warped, so I did the best I could to cut the straightest sections for these pieces

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

I also put three Kreg Jig screw holes on either end of one side of the board. I'll use these to assemble my organizer at the end.

I then cut my dividers. Since I wanted the organizer to be 6" tall, with 2 1/4" reserved for the thickness of the cross pieces, each divider would be 1  7/8" tall. Yes, I'm sorry, that was math. If you want to build the same organizer, you can follow the dimensions in the picture below.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

I also cut my sides, which were 6" long each. I ended up with this:

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking
Step 2: Finish the Pieces

I chose to finish my pieces at this point instead of at the end because I thought it would be really difficult to get finish into each of the different layers. I used Deft, which is a lacquer. I think it does a really great job of bringing a little richness to pine boards.

Step 3: Make Drawers (Optional)

While the finish was drying, I decided to make the drawers for my pens and pencils. If you don't plan to store small items like that, you could put your dividers in different spots and skip this step.

Each space I was filling with a drawer would be 5 1/4" long by 1 7/8" high by 11 1/4" deep. As a result, I was aiming for a drawer slightly smaller than this to make sure it would fit. I went with 5 1/8" long by 1 3/4" high by 11" deep. My cuts were therefore as follows:

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

I used some leftover 1/4" plywood for the sides and bottoms of the box, but if you don't have that sitting around, you could totally use more of the 1 x 12. However, the dimensions would change!! You would need to recalculate what the front and back lengths would be, since the bottom and sides of the drawer would be thicker!

You might notice the front piece has a hole in it. I did that so I didn't need to add a knob to operate the drawer; I could just put my finger through the hole to open the drawer. I drilled the hole with a corded drill and 3/4" spade bit. I had a scrap piece of wood beneath it, so I didn't have to worry about drilling into my workbench.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

To assemble the box, I started by nailing the sides to the front and back pieces using my nail gun.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

Then I nailed the bottom pieces into place.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

And then I had a drawer!

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

For the record, I did throw a coat of Deft (lacquer) on this before actually using it!

Step 4: Assemble the Organizer

I started by attaching the dividers to base and middle pieces using 1 1/4" screws.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

Top of middle piece

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

Bottom of middle piece

Each divider was placed 6 inches away from the side of the board. Meaning: the further bit of the divider was 6 inches away from the side of the board.

For the bottom layer where there was only one divider, I placed it exactly in the center of the board.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

Top of bottom piece

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

Bottom of bottom piece

Then I attached each piece to the sides, working from the top down. This allowed me to always be able to access the Kreg Jig holes easily as I assembled. Assembling from the bottom up would make those inaccessible.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

This is the top piece being attached to the sides.

In addition to the Kreg screws, I put wood glue in between each of these joints.

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking
This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

I did not do anything to secure the dividers to the higher layer. I figured the three screws securing them to the lower level would be enough to keep them in place.

After attaching the lowest layer, my organizer was done!

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking
This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

The pens and pencils fit perfectly!

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

And, so far at least, I'm doing a great job of actually putting things away each night before I finish up!

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

I feel so good about how my desk looks; with this organizer it is never a mess! The warmth it brings to my desk, and my better posture due to a higher monitor are just extra bonuses! And given that I put this organizer together in under 3 hours means it was totally worth the $15 I spent on the board. I consider this project a major win! What do you think? If you loved it, make sure you save it to Pinterest below!

This DIY Monitor Riser Desk Organizer keeps my desk super clean and organized! Made of one wood board, it's budget-friendly! #organizer #woodworking

How to Make a Drawer Organizer

I hate buying drawer organizers. New ones are so expensive for something so simple (sometimes $20+ if you want one that looks nice.) If you go to a thrift store, you end up digging through piles of junk to find a single, beat-up plastic organizer that’s priced at $5, which is exactly $4 more than I’m willing to pay.

So when it came time to organize my new desk’s primary drawer, I said no to the organizer hassle, and decided to make my own. I did it under an hour, entirely with scrap wood, and didn’t spend a single cent. I swear, it was so easy that I will never buy another drawer organizer again.

Have some scrap wood sitting around? Customize your storage with these quick and easy DIY scrap wood drawer organizers! #organizers #scrapwoodprojects

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How to Make a Drawer Organizer

(In One Hour, Out of Scrap Wood)
Materials
  • 1" x 2" Furring Strips- I used some scraps I had sitting around. I would guess it takes a little more than one strip for the design I used. 
  • Wood Glue
  • Brad Gun and Nails- These are (kind of) optional. Wood glue alone is enough to hold the organizer together after it drys. However, each wood glue joint takes 20 minutes to dry, meaning that building the organizer will be a painstakingly slow process. The brad nails secure the pieces in the short term, meaning if you have a nail gun, you can continue assembling as the glue of the previous joint dries. If you're on the fence about getting a nail gun, know that I consider my nail gun one of the best DIY purchases I've ever made; it has made almost every project considerable easier.
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Step 1 : Determine Object Placement

I laid my drawer out on the floor and arranged all the items I wanted to store in the drawer.

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I actually have extra space. The nice part about the organizer design is that I can add more pieces later if I want to.

Step 2: Cut Pieces to Size

I started with the two long pieces that span the entire length of the drawer. Despite that I wasn’t storing anything in the back half of the drawer, I still made the organizer span the entire drawer. This way, the organizer wouldn’t shift around every time I opened or closed the drawer.

In my case, these pieces were 22” long.

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Then I moved from left to right, placing the pieces in position as I went to make sure everything would fit together perfectly.

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Have some scrap wood sitting around? Customize your storage with these quick and easy DIY scrap wood drawer organizers! #organizers #scrapwoodprojects
A Note About Saws

Since I now own a miter saw, I used it to cut the pieces to length, which was quick and easy. Other saws will work, but may be slower and make less accurate cuts depending on the saw.

If you don’t have a saw, you might be able to do this project with thinner wood and a hand saw. While Home Depot and Lowes both will cut wood, I’ve had mixed results asking them to cut something this small and precise. They make it pretty clear that their cutting services are primarily so you can fit the wood in your car, and they “don’t do precision cuts.” Some stores will still make cuts like this for you, and it doesn’t hurt to ask, but I wouldn’t make that my plan A.

Step 3: Glue Pieces Together

Before I started gluing and nailing, I made a quick plan of the order to make sure my brad nailer could access all of the joints. Your plan may differ from mine depending on what your organizer looks like.

I started by making three independent parts: the left sides, the right side, and the center “H” part that surrounds the flash drives and binder clips.

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Have some scrap wood sitting around? Customize your storage with these quick and easy DIY scrap wood drawer organizers! #organizers #scrapwoodprojects
Have some scrap wood sitting around? Customize your storage with these quick and easy DIY scrap wood drawer organizers! #organizers #scrapwoodprojects

Then I assembled the pieces together from left to right. I did a dab of glue on each joint, then secured it with brad nails.

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Have some scrap wood sitting around? Customize your storage with these quick and easy DIY scrap wood drawer organizers! #organizers #scrapwoodprojects
Other Tips
  • I used 1” brad nails in my nail gun. Like I said earlier, their primary purpose is to hold the organizer together while the glue dries.
  • Before I assembled the pieces, while they were still arranged in the drawer, I made pencil marks at the beginning and end of each joint. That way, when I was assembling the organizer, I knew exactly where to place each piece.
  • I intentionally arranged the wood so no two pieces intersected the long front-to-back strips in the same place. This allowed me to always secure the joints with brad nails.
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Final Thoughts

I booked three hours for making this organizer, and it was done in one! Super easy and quick to make; I really mean it when I say that I’ll never buy another drawer organizer again given that I can make one so easily. And it looks super cute, plus it matches the monitor riser organizer I have on top of my desk (coming soon!!) In the meantime, if you love organizers, check out my scrap wood wall organizer- it's one of my favorite projects!

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Tiny Space Mudroom | How to Design and Build

I'm a big believer in mudrooms. When I redid my entryway in my California condo, it completely changed how my home functioned. Things were put away as I walked in the door, instead of scattered throughout my kitchen and living area. I was an organized human. I always knew where my keys were. Things were good.

So therefore, one of my primary goals after buying a new home was making a mudroom. Since I always entered at the back door, the mudroom was really more of a small mud-area (this is a terrible name; Lets go with "drop zone,") off the kitchen. Regardless, I thought I could make it work.

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There was a door to the basement across from the exterior wall. It needed space to fully open, so I only had about 10" from the exterior wall to play with. This meant no benches or "lockers" or other bulky things. Knowing this, I started my plan.

I first listed out all the things I wanted to store in the space. The list below is specifically for the exterior wall; I had another list for the tool organizer.

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I then thought about how it would be best to store these things. Coupons and receipts could go in a file organizer, while gloves and scarves would be better off in a box. Jackets, keys, and my purse could all go on hooks. I also wanted a shoe area to store my most used shoes.

I then drew out a design. I tried to draw it to scale (I'm kind of obsessed with graph paper spiral notebooks!), but ended up making minor changes to the positioning as I mounted things on the wall. I also erased things lots of times (you can see it in the picture below,) clearly I'm indecisive.

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Once I had a decent draft, it was time to begin!

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Small Space Drop Zone
Materials

- Beadboard, cut to size
- Piece of trim, cut to size
- Construction Adhesive
- Piece of wood
- Hooks
- File Organizers- You can see the full tutorial here. On the third and fourth organizers, I used straight instead of angled sides. This resulted in the gloves/scarves box and the shoe box.
- Tool Organizer- Super proud of how this turned out. You can see the full tutorial here.
- Brad Nails
- Welcome Home Sign

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Step 1: Attach the Beadboard

I had my beadboard cut to the size I wanted (36 3/4" by 56") at Home Depot, so it was super easy to just put some construction adhesive on the back and nail it to the wall. As an exciting side note, I got this four pack of Titebond adhesive at Menards for 99 cents after rebate. I was super pumped about this, and have made a mental note that it sometimes goes on crazy sale. If you live by a Menards, take note!

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I also added screws where I knew I would be putting trim, and made sure these screws hit the studs. I did this because I knew I'd be attaching things to the beadboard, and I wanted to make sure that the beadboard could bear the weight of the accessories.

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Step 2: Attach the Trim

I cut my trim to the same length as the beadboard (36 3/4") and attached it to the beadboard with construction adhesive and brad nails. 

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Step 3: Caulk, Wood Fill, and Paint Beadboard

Caulk works miracles people. In my opinion, lack of caulk is the biggest indicator of a DIY project, so I made sure to fill in all my gaps (sides, bottom, and top) with caulk. Additionally, I wood filled all of the brad nail holes with wood filler so that they wouldn't be seen. I then painted the beadboard.

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After painting!

Step 4: Add Organizers

I went into detail on different ways to attach the organizers in the file organizer post, but in this situation I attached the small organizers with brad nails and construction adhesive, and the larger organizers with screws that I later disguised with paint. I was able to get at least one screw for the shoe box and the wood hook piece into a stud, which was ideal since both of these boxes might hold heavier things at some point.

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Final Thoughts

It's amazing how much more organized a functional entryway makes me feel. I keep all my project receipts in folders in one of the file organizers, so that I'm ready to take back anything I don't use. I'm so much less worried about losing them now; it's crazy.

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I love my new entryway! Have you ever done a project that makes you feel 100% more organized? Let me know about it in the comments!

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DIY “French Cleat” Wall Organizer

When I was planning out the entryway of my new home, it took me forever to decide what would go on the wall next to the basement door. I knew I wanted something to organize my "upstairs tools" aka, small tools I regularly use upstairs and don't want to have to go down to the basement to get every time I need. But what?? It needed to be flat, 3 inches deep or less, else risk blocking the door from opening. Pegboard seemed like the obvious choice. But pegboard seemed so utilitarian, which is good and well for the basement, garage, or craft room, but this organizer was going in my kitchen!! It needed to be attractive as well as functional.

Eventually I came across references to a "french cleat" organizational system. It's apparently a common way that woodworkers organize their workshop. It consists of strips of wood with an angled top nailed to the wall. It looks nice (although I couldn't find any pictures to show you that do it justice), but requires a table saw for the strips, and you have to build each tool holder separately. Um, no thanks.

But the idea of horizontal strips on the wall? I could use that. 

See how to make an adaptable DIY rustic farmhouse wooden wall organizer with this full tutorial. The organizer can be used to store tools, kitchen supplies, craft supplies, or almost anything else you can think of! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Farmhouse #Organization #Garage #Kitchen #StorageIdeas

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The Fake "French Cleat" Wall Organizer
Materials

- 1" x 3" x 8' Furring Strips (4)
- 1" x 2" x 8' Furring Strip (1)
- Wood Glue
- Brad Nails
- 1 inch nails (24)
- Wood Stain (optional) and Finish
- Wood Conditioner
- 3 inch screws (for mounting)
- Belt Sander (Optional: if you don't have a belt sander, purchase higher quality wood so less sanding is necessary)
- Orbital Sander
- Miter Saw
- S-Hooks, for actual organization. These ones fit perfectly for the furring strips; there is exactly 0.78" of space between the "S" metal part. The furring strips are 0.75" thick, so this creates a snug and secure fit.

Step 1: Prep the Furring Strips

I used furring strips because I like saving money and furring strips are quite possibility the cheapest wood on the market. However, furring strips look terrible when you first take them home. So I had a lot of sanding to do. You can minimize this step by buying more expensive wood; pretty much any stainable 1 x 3 will work.

To prep the furring strips, I sanded with a belt sander using 120 grit sandpaper. This quickly smoothed the wood without creating large sanding marks like a lower grit paper would have done. Then I sanded with 150 grit with my orbital sander to smooth everything a little more. It went quickly; I maybe spent 30 minutes sanding my five furring strips.

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Unsanded furring strip

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The exact same spot after sanding with the belt sander. After this picture, I sanded with 150 grit sandpaper using my orbital sander.

Step 2: Cut the Furring Strips to Length

I cut my vertical furring strip (the 1 x 2s) into two 46" long pieces and my horizontal furring strips (the 1 x 3s) into twelve 30 and 1/2 inches long pieces using a miter saw. I have this miter saw, which slides and is generally awesome, allowing me to cut up to 24" wide with a little extra work. I highly recommend it if you don't have a miter saw.

Step 3: Paint/Stain and Finish the Furring Strips

Super duper important PSA: furring strips are made of soft, cheap wood. They will stain TERRIBLY unless you coat them in wood conditioner first. Trust me, I tested a scrap piece first, and it was not pretty. So before staining my actual strips, I applied a bunch of wood conditioner.

I painted the two 46" long 1"x 2" pieces white, and stained the twelve 1"x3" pieces with Minwax's English Chestnut stain. I'm apparently super into this stain recently; I've used it on this table, and this organizer, and think both turned out gorgeous, despite taking the stain very differently.

Step 4: Assemble the Organizer

I started by securing the horizontal strips to the white vertical pieces with wood glue and nails. This was not the final way I secured the pieces, just how I started. 

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You'll note in the above picture that I had pieces of scrap wood between the white pieces at both the top and bottom of the organizer. This was to hold them the same distance apart as I added boards. This way, the strips stayed parallel to each other.

I also had 1.5" spacers between each board to make sure that the spaces were even. See picture below.

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All the spacers meant that as I laid and secured boards I only needed to think about how much distance was between the end of the board and the white piece, which in my case was 3" on either side.

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I didn't feel the wood glue/brad nail combo would be enough to hold the boards in place should I actually put anything heavy on the organizer, so I flipped it over and added 1" screws to each "joint" of the organizer. I countersunk these screws using this countersink bit to ensure they didn't stick out and push my organizer further away from the wall. Sidenote: I just got the bit the other day and I love it!! I've used it so many times, and it's made a bunch of projects easier (including this one!) that I'm not sure how I lived without it for so long. It came with four different sizes, and while I haven't used anything other than the #6 bit, I still find it amazing. 

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These are the holes created by the countersink bit. I was going to take a picture of them with screws in them too, but apparently I was so excited about the countersink bit that I forgot... 

Step 5: Mount Organizer to Wall

You'll mount the organizer with screws that go through the white furring strips into the wall. In an idea world, both furring strips would align with studs. I wasn't able to make this happen; only one of my furring strips aligns with a stud. Since I have plaster walls, on my other furring strip, I made sure at least two of screws hit the wood lath behind the plaster. If you have drywall molly or toggle bolts are an option for mounting that second furring strip.

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I put three screws through each white furring strip; one on the very top, one in the middle, and one on the bottom. I then painted the screw heads white to disguise them a bit, as shown in the picture above. Note that in the picture above, you can see the screw pretty clearly, but it is a super close up photograph. I promise that once you're 2-3 feet away, the screw is almost invisible unless you know to look for it.

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I purchased these bin organizers from Home Depot. I thought this was a great price for three; they're meant for pegboards, but certainly work in this capacity as well. 

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Cost Considerations

I paid around $40 to make this organizer. That cost includes four 1 x 3 furring strips, one 1 x 2 furring strip, wood condition, S-hooks, and the metal bins. The rest of the items I already had around the house, so if you need to purchase items I had, your cost may be more.

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Super Simple Scrap Wood Wall Organizer

Lets talk about pine. The wood, not the needles. It's a soft wood, light colored, and almost always the cheapest thing available at the hardware store. I really, really want to love it, as evidenced by the fact it's always the first thing I reach for when I need wood for a project. But this is a mistake. Why? Because pine stains terribly.

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This piece of pine used to be pretty...

I know this. I've learned this lesson already. But despite that, I always buy pine. "It'll be better this time" I tell myself. No. No it wont be. Stop lying to yourself, Lindsay.

For this project, as per usual, I went to the hardware store and purchased a bunch of pine. I went home and made all my cuts. Then I tested the stain. And, as I should have known, it looked terrible (see above.)

So then I stood in my basement brainstorming all the ways I could make this project work without going back to the hardware store. I looked at the birch plywood left over from the kitchen floor. I looked at all the 100 year old trim I pulled down when putting up cabinets. And I decided I could do this.

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Materials

The following details the materials and cuts I made to complete my organizer. This can totally be adapted to use different materials or to make a different sized organizer. If you're adapting the plan, there are two key aspects: 1) the lengths of the front, back, and bottom are all the length you want your finished organizer to be and 2) the total height of the front needs to be at least an inch less that the full height of the organizer for mounting purposes.

Front: All of my plywood was leftover from my plank plywood floor project, and therefore already cut into 4" strips. As a result, the front and back of my organizer would need to be multiple pieces. For my front, I used 3 pieces of 1/4" birch plywood cut to be 10"x 2". Alternatively, you could use a single piece of something (not pine!!!) that is 10"x 6".

Back: I used 2 pieces of 1/4" birch plywood cut to be 10"x 4". Once again, you could use a single piece of something that was 10"x 8"

Bottom: This was a single piece of birch plywood 10" long. I cut the height to size after assembling the front and sides.

Sides: I sanded all of the paint off some super old trim that was once on my walls, then cut off an 8" piece (the finished height I want my organizer to be). I set my miter saw to be 10" and then cut a piece that looked the right size. Real official, I know.

Wood Glue: I am not a brand snob for this, and typically purchase the cheapest stuff I can find on Amazon whenever I'm running low. At posting, that's this.

Stain: I used Minwax's English Chestnut. Which, in case you were wondering, looks much darker on this table than it does on this project. Different woods take stain differently, so test your stain first!

Nails and Screws: I used my nail gun (see below) to put brad nails in, but you can use an old fashioned hammer and nails as well. Just make sure the nails are small!

Tools Used

Miter Saw- Absolutely essential for this project. While I suppose you could make all your cuts with a circular/jigsaw and a protractor, you will be miserable. I have this miter saw, and it makes me happy every single day.

Brad Nailer- Not essential for this project. You could definitely get away with a hammer and some finish nails. It'd just take a little while. That being said, I love my little electric nail gun, and don't think I could DIY without it.

Random Orbital Sander: I used to have a terrible Harbor Freight sander that my dad got me when I first started DIY-ing. It was awful, and the paper constantly ripped and ​it never seemed to actually sand anything. I now have this one, and it is so much better.

Drill/Driver- For driving screws and drilling pilot holes. 

Step 1: Make Cuts

See the materials section for what cuts to make!

Step 2: Sand, Stain and Finish

I sanded the sides (aka, the former trim) with 80, 150, and 220 grit sandpaper. The plywood I just gave a quick sand with 220 grit sandpaper, because I was nervous about sanding through the veneer. 

I then stained with Minwax's English Chestnut. I choose to stain and finish before I put everything together to ensure I stained everything, plus it was a little neater this way. While you could stain after assembly, I think it would be difficult to reach some of the places inside the organizer, hence my decision to stain before.

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I used Minwax Tung Oil Finish to finish my boards, primarily because I already had some in the house, but also because I just really like it. It's not pure tung oil (which is expensive), but is tung oil based and creates a nice solid, non-sticky finish on my wood projects. You do have to wait 24 hours in between coats, but if you're not in a hurry, it's a great finish.

Step 3: Assemble

I started by attaching the front pieces to the sides of the organizer with wood glue and brad nails. No screws here: this isn't going to be bearing any weight, so the nails and glue should be enough.

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Then I attached the bottom. Same deal: wood glue and brad nails.

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Finally, the backs. These I attached a little differently. Instead of just using wood glue and brad nails, I also used a couple of 1" screws on the top board. This was because the top of the back is what will be mounted on the wall, so I wanted to ensure it was securely attached to the rest of the organizer.

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If you have a countersink bit (I didn't at the time, but got this one from Lowes a few days later) now is the time to use it. If the screw sticks out a bit it will push the organizer away from the wall, which is fine, but not ideal. Since I didn't have a countersink bit, I just pushed really hard with my drill when I was screwing in the screw, and achieved a similar (if not as pretty) effect.

Step  4: Mount

There are two different ways I considered mounting this: 1) with screws or 2) with construction adhesive and brad nails. The first method is sturdier, given that you can get your screw into a stud or are using some sort of molly or toggle bolt. However, you end up having a visible screw that must be disguised in some way. Options include painting the screw a wood-ish color, or countersinking it and wood-filling and staining over it. The wood fill/stain option looks nice, but makes it near-impossible to remove the organizer from the wall, so you better be sure you never, ever need to take it down.

Given that future me might want to someday remove the organizer, I was mounting on a bead board panel, and that I don't plan to put anything heavy into it, I chose to mount using option 2, construction adhesive and brad nails. It was relatively straightforward: put adhesive on back, then attach to wall with brad nails. See picture the picture below for exactly where I placed my nails.

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And that's it! Organizer done! I made two and used one to file receipts as I came in the door, and the other to store coupons from mailers that I might actually use. What would you use an organizer like this for? Tell me in the comments below! And if you love organizers, check out my super simple drawer organizer!

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Take a look at how I assembled the mudroom, built the tool organizer on the right, and made the "Welcome Home" sign!

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