DIY Wall Organizer + Shelf

One of my favorite additions to the blue and coral bedroom is the DIY Wall Organizer + Shelf. This is basically a place for all of her art supplies and crafts, sitting right above her toy bins.

DIY wall shelf organizer tutorialI actually got this idea from U-Create. I’ve had this pinned for about 3 years and have been meaning to make it for a very long time. I figured this bedroom makeover was the perfect chance to cross this Pinterest project off my to do list.

blue and coral bedroomSUPPLIES:

  • (4) 6ft 1×4 boards
  • (1) 6ft 2×4 board
  • saw
  • tape measurer
  • 2 inch wood screws
  • paint

DIY wall organizer shelfDIRECTIONS:
Mark your 1x4s at 36 inch lengths. Cut 6 total (or adjust if you want a wider shelf system).

Lay your 6 boards out and measure the width. You’ll then want to measure for your 3 cross boards. Mine ended up being 21 inches, but make sure you measure exact as all 1x4s are not equal!

diy wall organizer shelf systemThe photo above shows the FRONT of the wall organizer. To attach your cross boards you’ll want to do so from the underside or BACK of the wall organizer. This way your screws won’t show.

wall shelf organizerOnce all 3 cross boards are screwed in place it’s time to measure and cut the 2×4. You’ll need (2) pieces at 21 inches, or the same width that you cut the 1×4 cross boards.

kids wall shelf organizerYou’ll also need to cut for the support triangle wedges, but I recommend holding into place and measuring since they will not be clean 45 degree angles (the 1×4 board that is supporting the shelf causes this weirder angle).

kids wall shelf and organizerAgain you’ll want to screw in the 2×4 shelves and the support wedges from the back side so the screws don’t show. And at this point your wall + shelf organizer should look like this…

wall shelf kids roomTotally crushing on it, right?
Next comes the fun part. Paint!
I gave the entire thing two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint.

white wall shelf and organizerNow for how to hang it… I decided to add D-rings to the back of the wall organizer.

DIY wall organizerSuper simple. Just measure equally on each side and screw the D-rings into place. Then to attach to your wall, find studs or use some big drywall anchors & screws (trust me, this baby is heavy).

wall shelf organizerAnd tada… your new best friend.
Seriously, you’ll want to make like 10 of these.

DIY wall shelf organizerEllie is obsessed with art supplies right now so I grabbed some little pails from Target to hold her pencils, markers, and crayons. There’s also her journal that she loves to color in.

wall organizer unitThe top shelf holds some Playdoh and a cute little framed chalkboard sign. Then all of this sits above her toy organizer, book rack, and the little vase I made for her.

blue and coral bedroom

wall shelf DIY project

DIY wall shelfI’m completely digging this though. And it feel oh-so-good to be building things again, even if it’s minor projects until I can build another basement workshop in the new house. I think about two more months… we’re getting close!


DIY wall shelf organizer tutorial

Laundry Room Organization + GIVEAWAY


I think I might have a small obsession with laundry room makeovers. This is like the 4th one on this blog in the past 4 years: our first home, second home, my neighbor’s, and now this one…my brother’s house.

His family just moved into a brand new home and they wanted to get a couple rooms organized, especially the laundry room. With two young kids, they use this room more often than they’d like. This little niche seemed like the perfect place to add some organizational storage.

laundry room beforeAnd here’s what it looks like now!
Hubba hubba, right?

closetmaid laundry roomI actually decided to use a ClosetMaid SuiteSymphony™ 25 inch Starter Kit organizer for this space, something that would normally be used in a reach-in closet. I popped on their website and actually got to design the layout once I input the measurements of my space in their ClosetMaid® Easy-to-Use on-line Design Tool.

closetmaid was very helpful in showing several finishes and configurations, plus it created my SuiteSymphony™ shopping list right there!

closetmaid customize design


The entire system took about 3 hours to install, including all 4 drawers. Much faster than I anticipated! And now they have so much additional storage in their laundry room! Loving those adjustable shelves behind the cabinet doors.laundry room organizationI opted for 2 large drawers and 2 smaller drawers towards the bottom. Great place to store clean towels and blankets.

organization laundry roomPlus now they can even store their tools and other miscellaneous items in here. And don’t you love this Natural Gray finish? It looks so dreamy against the new blue color I painted on the walls.

closetmaid laundry room organization

natural gray closetmaid

closetmaid natural grayNow I still need to add the side shelves and some rods to either side of this closet unit to really finish the space, but I needed a certain metal saw to cut the metal rods. And there’s still a whole other side of the laundry room you guys need to see! We’re building a hamper storage unit with countertop so stay tuned for that tutorial!

But can you believe this ClosetMaid before & after?
Doesn’t even feel like the same space!

laundry room before and after

So one lucky reader is going to win one
ClosetMaid® SuiteSymphony™ 16 inch Starter Kit Organizer in Natural Gray.
To enter, just tell me where you would like more organization!



And stay tuned for the rest of this laundry room makeover!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ClosetMaid via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.