This is the before, and the inspiration piece. I picked this up from someone’s yard with a free sign. It was a part of a desk that had been taken apart, I got this piece and another one that I will get to…eventually.
The moment I saw this I knew it needed to be some sort of command center or coat rack with chalkboards…and since that image never left me (It has been at least 2 years) I finally decided to go for it!
The first thing I needed to do was patch the huge holes that were on the side. I decided to trace the shape of the holes on a scrap piece of wood (top left) and then cut them out with a jigsaw. In the top right photo you can see they were not cut out perfectly, and that was fine, because after I filled it with spackle, let it dry, and sanded it flat, it was perfect! Perfectly smooth, and filled. The second hole on the bottom right was filled as well.
Now that I had the holes filled I grabbed some scrap wood and started figuring out what I was going to do. I decided to add a top and bottom 1×3 to make shelves, but I still wanted to add hooks, so I scrounged around and found a 1×6 that would work to attach to the bottom as a spot for my hooks.
I decided that attaching with pocket holes was the sturdiest and easiest method. I drilled them into the desk panel on the top and the bottom. I also drilled them into the 1×6 as well (not pictured).
I connected the 1×6 to the 1×3 bottom shelf with 3/4” pocket holes and 1 1/4” pocket hole screws. You can see I used my right angle clamps to hold things in place.
Next, I needed to attach the panel to the bottom shelf section. I clamped the shelf down then used wood glue and screwed the desk panel onto the 1×3 bottom shelf with my pocket hole screws.
Last, I flipped it over and attached the panel to the top 1×3 shelf, and that was it!
Once I had it built I decided to use up the rest of my chalkboard spray paint on the raised panels, instead of brushing it on.
When the paint was dry I taped over the panel sections that I wanted to stay as chalkboards, and spray painted the rest of the coat rack with Rustoleum’s Gloss Ocean Mist. I had some left over from my Repurposed Cupboard Door Bookshelf so I decided to go with what I had. Plus it is a really pretty color. 🙂
While the paint was still wet, I carefully pulled off the paper and tape. How cute are those chalkboard sections! I love Chalkboards!
To finish things up I marked where my hooks needed to be and used some paint sticks as spacers. 🙂 Then I added two large d-rings to the back for hanging, this thing is heavy! It is 64” long! Lastly I primed my chalkboard surfaces and it was ready to hang!
I love the versatility of the chalkboards. You could used it as a calendar, command center, or recipe boards!
I got the cast-iron hooks at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off, so I spent $10 on hooks, and that was it! I made the number labels for the hooks since they didn’t come with any, I think they would be cute with names too.
The shelves are a fun addition to add decorative accents and such!
I was planning on selling this, but now that it is hanging in my hallway, I may keep it!
What would you use this for?
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