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DIY: desk organizer

Hi guys!  I hope you’re ready for another MacGyver project!  I am pretty happy with this one and think you’ll get a chuckle out of it.  Would you believe this desk organizer is made from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow box frames!?  I know…I’m nuts!

how to make desk organizer from a hanger and two frames

I know this is said a TON out there in blog-ville, but I did have all these supplies on hand!  I swear.  I picked up three of these lucite shadow box frames at Michael’s a few months ago when I made my lucite tray.  I think I chose 3 because that’s how many sizes they come in.  So I used one to make my tray and had two left over [I can hear my first grade teacher breathe a sigh of relief at my math skills].  I then grabbed one of our plastic hangers and got busy!

diy a desk organizer from plastic hangers and lucite shadow boxes

I have no clue why I slapped this zebra contact paper on these trays.  Please ignore. 

diy a desk organizer using plastic hangers and lucite shadow box

To start grab your hanger and cut off the ends.  I simply cut off a length that I thought would look nice.  Once you cut one end off, flip it over onto the remaining end of your hanger and cut the exact same size off.

diy desk organizer made from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

Place one end of the hanger against the outside of the frame and make a mark on the hanger where your holes will go.  Then slowly drill a hole through the hanger on both sides. diy a desk organizer using a plastic hanger and lucite box

Once your holes are made on the hanger place it inside the frame roughly centered and make a mark on the frame where the holes on the hanger are.  Now SLOWLY [that is key since you don't want to crack the frame!] drill your holes in the frame.  Once you drill both holes on the frame, place your hanger inside the frame, line up all the holes and screw them together.

diy a desk paper organizer from a plastic hanger and lucite boxes

Now repeat this on the other side of the frame.  [If you're smarter than moi, you would use flat tip screws.  I used what I had on hand].

make a desk organizer from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow boxes

Now lay your frame on its back [above picture] on a level surface.  Slip your smaller frame in between the hangers to a point where you like.  I spaced mine about a clenched-fist distance apart.  Put a mark on both sides of your hanger where you will drill your next set of holes.  Drill a hole on each side.  Mark on the lucite frame where your next set of holes will be.  Drill one hole on each side of the frame.  Screw the hanger and frame together.

make a diy desk organizer from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

make a diy desk organizer from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

This is what your now desk organizer should look like!  I know I probably rambled on in the steps above; just trying to be a good little blogger.  This is a VERY easy project! I love the way this looked at this stage, but my kids got a hold of these frames with who-knows-what-permanent-substance-that-is so I had no choice but to paint it.  Yes, I painted right over the contact paper too.  Yup, I’m that lazy.

diy a desk organizer from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

I got out my acrylic Montana Cans chrome gold spray paint and gave my desk organizer a quick spritz.  Never one to stop at just a little spray paint, I decided I wanted to add some coral to the mix as well.  I cut two thin pieces of cardboard to the size of each frame and painted each.

make a desk organizer from plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

make a coral and gold diy desk organizer from plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

Once everything was dry [apx 1 hour] I slipped each piece of cardboard under the screws.  Speaking of screws, I decided to camouflage them a bit by using a few silver thumb tacks.

make a gold and coral desk organizer from plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

I snipped off the sharp ends, added a tiny blob of hot glue and placed them over the screw heads.  You’re done!how to make a desk organizer from a hanger and two frames

make a desk organizer from a hanger and two picture frames

diy desk organizer from a hanger and picture frames

a diy desk organizer made from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow boxes

Pretty funny what you can make with stuff just laying around the house.

how to make desk organizer from a hanger and two frames

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organizing our master closet [with unique items]

**I need to warn you that this post is NOT about beautiful photography!  It’s about fun, unique ways to organize a master closet.  See, our master closet gets no natural light and therefore every shot has a funky yellowish tone.  Proceed at your own risk… :-)

unique ideas for organizing a master closet

Now, Mom if you’re reading this post please look away…

diy free master closet organization

Terrifying isn’t it?  Our master closet is the epitome of a “BEFORE” picture.  [And NO, I'm not a lame-o who made my closet a disaster in order to have an awesome before picture].   Folks, what you’re witnessing is the way our closet has been “functioning” [I can't even type that without smirking] for the past 1 1/2 years!

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Have you thrown up yet?  NO??!!  Well, in that case here’s another one…

free diy closet organization

Could you live like this for 1 1/2 years?  Looking at these pictures I’m amazed that my Type A husband didn’t go into cardiac arrest!!  Well, who says people can’t change.  I thought about just organizing one section of our closet, but in my world one little project quickly snowballs into many many many projects.  To make this task a little less daunting I decided to tackle one section at a time.

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The best way for me to tackle any organization project is to clean everything out, brainstorm and put the space back together bit by bit.

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Hmmm…I completely forgot our security system hub was here!  Well there goes my idea of building a shoe tower!   To fill this space I simply re located my hanging organizer from the other side.

organizing our master closet with stuff on hand

It’s awesome having my shoes at eye-level and it’s sure easy on my back.  These hanging organizers are from IKEA and are by far some of the best ones I’ve ever purchased.

I have seen the idea of hanging high-heeled shoes from a curtain rod all over Pinterest, but I wanted to try something a bit different.  I purchased 4 of these lucite wall shelves a while ago.

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I am currently using 2 of them to hold my kids’ chalk+erasers for their chalkboard, but I used the remaining two just below my hanging organizer.  I simply attached each shelf with a couple screws then added 4 pairs of high-heels and voila!!

using what you have on hand to organize master closet

use what you have on hand to organize master closet

Next it was time to find a home for my belt collection.  I grabbed our old acrylic shower curtain rings and one of my husband’s tie hangers.

organizing our master closet free diy

use what you have on hand for organizing master closet

I simply put a ton of the rings onto the hanger and hung all of my belts.  They used to be crammed into that plastic shelving unit in the first pictures.  Not to sound like a snob, but belts certainly last longer if they are hanging.  I have a few leather belts and they age exponentially when all curled up.  Now I can easily see my inventory and can get a ton more use out of them.

Next up was scarves + hats.  This is one of my favorite things about the master closet overhaul.  I attached an old curtain rod to the back of the closet door and used more of those acrylic shower curtain rings, plus I managed to find a handful of drapery rings to use.

organizing master closet using stuff around the house

master closet organization using stuff on hand

using stuff from the house to organize master closet

The shower curtain rings are perfect for holding scarves and the drapery rings hold our hats nice and tight.

To hold my work out gear [cough. cough. that's one New Year's Resolution I haven't fulfilled just yet], swim suits and jammies I just re used that plastic shelving unit that was already in our closet.

free diy closet organization

Where’s Waldo?  Can you spot it?

use things on hand to organize your master closet

All I did to organize this sucker was use some chalkboard labels I already had on hand and my white chalk pen.

Last, but not least I added a sitting area for us to put on our shoes, or just to reflect on how much crap we have!!!   I used our old nightstands that I banished to our storage area to create a “bench” then added a bath mat for some cushion on our tushies!  Why a bath mat, you ask?  First, we’re not using it; second it has a non-slip grip; third…I’m still thinking.  :-)

how to organize master closet using things on hand

use what you already have on hand to organize master closet

And there you have it!  Using things I had scattered all over the house+garage I managed to finally tackle the hot mess that was our master closet.  I hope I’ve inspired you just a little to think about things you might have collecting dust and using them in new, unique ways!

GO FROM THIS HOT MESS:

diy free master closet organization

TO THIS:

how to organize master closet using things on hand

FROM THIS:

master closet organization free diy

TO THIS:

organizing our master closet with stuff on hand

AND DON’T FORGET PRIME REAL ESTATE BEHIND THE DOOR:

master closet organization using stuff on hand

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DIY Industrial Shelves + Playroom Makeover

My poor husband.

It must be “challenging” for him to be married to a scatter-brained DIY design-crazed junkie. See, like most couples we are the ying and yang of each other…totally opposite!  He has a type A personality…very organized, detail-oriented, cleanliness-obsessed, and orderly.  Me, on the other hand am the complete opposite…a bit scatter brained, artsy, un organized and creative.  :-)   He came home from work last night to my latest project | room overhaul.  To me, it’s just another creative day in Amy Land, to my husband it’s probably too much change all at once.  Ahhh….such is life though living with a creative person right?  :-)

My son went back to pre-school yesterday and I took full advantage of those 3 hours to ransack the kids’ playroom!  Those 3 hours were full of moving furniture in, moving furniture out, carrying furniture down a flight of stairs, assembling a dining room table and making these industrial shelves…WHEW!!!

diy industrial shelves in 20 mins

First, here is what the kids’ playroom looked like before, during + shortly after Christmas

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*SIGH*

The worst part of the kids’ playroom [as if it could get any worse!] is that it is actually our eating area just off the kitchen|family room.  It’s completely open and therefore you SEE EVERYTHING!  I reached “that point” and started over yesterday.  To start, I decided to take out the round table as it was just.not.working.  Kids need a surface to spread their stuff out on and a round table is not the best.  I headed to the garage and hauled in our old kitchen table.  It’s been sitting there for the past 1 1/2 years and hasn’t been touched since we moved in.

industrial modern diy shelves

After attaching the legs I was faced with a new challenge…this table is bar height and I didn’t have any chairs for the kids to sit on.  We are using the chairs that go with this table as our bar stools in the kitchen…

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Another light bulb went off in my noggin and I “borrowed” these IKEA drawer units from my husband’s office to use as the kids’ stools [plus they double as secondary storage for paper, crayons, and the plethora of rainbow loom rubber bands that they’ve accumulated!!

HELMER Drawer unit on casters IKEA Slot for label on each drawer so you can easily keep things organized and find what you are looking for.

After throwing all of these things together, here is what the room looked like…

modern industrial diy shelves

I also love that the kids can display some of their artwork on these cabinets simply using a magnet.  Can you see my daughter wasted NO TIME in labeling each cabinet with her name and her brother’s.  It’s all about “mine” and “yours” at their ages.

I absolutely love this look and how clutter-free it’s looking.  If you’re wondering where my son’s train table went you’ll have to come back in the next couple days to see where it landed. wink. wink.

I have wanted to add shelves to the wall you see in the above picture so I headed to the garage and grabbed 2 wood boards left over from my end table project, 4 large metal L-brackets, stain and a few screws.  Total cost:  FREE!

diy inexpensive industrial shelves

The boards measure 42″ long x 7″ wide.

I simply screwed the large L-brackets underneath the board.  I wanted the brackets to “hold” the board in place on the wall.  You can also attach your brackets the other way so the board rests on top of it.  You’ll see what I mean in a sec.  I spaced the brackets 24″ apart because that’s how far apart the studs are in the wall.  I wanted to make them as secure as possible.  Kids!

industrial diy shelves

Voila!  If you’re a purist you can leave the shelf as is, but I chose to stain mine with my favorite walnut stain.

modern industrial shelves diy

Once the stain was dry I simply attached my shelves to the studs in the wall.

diy industrial and modern shelves

A little bit of grabbing decorative things from rooms around the house and here you have the kids’ organized play room, complete with 2 industrial shelves that took all of 20 minutes to make!

make your own industrial and modern shelves

diy modern and industrial shelves

diy cheap easy modern industrial shelves

And here it is all put together…

make industrial shelves in 20 mins

make your own industrial shelves in 20 mins

My little model demonstrating.

modern and industrial diy shelves

how to make industrial shelves in 20 mins

make your own modern industrial shelves

“Mama you can also use these handles as foot rests!”

Next up on my to-do list is our horrifying master bedroom closet!  Stay tuned.

diy industrial shelves in 20 mins

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