I’m excited to share my easy pet project today as part of a blog hop. I made a pet organizer to hold the dog’s leash and baby bag—bonus! It’s also a chalkboard. The challenge was to use swag from our latest blog conference (Haven Conference last month) to make a project. Bonus points for using more than one product. I used a LOT of my new items to complete this pet organizer chalkboard.
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- Crates and Pallet Small Chalkboard*
- Sanding Sponge
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- Frog Tape*
- Americana Décor 2” flat brush*
- Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint*
- Liberty Hardware Knob*
- Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig* (not yet available on Amazon)
- Command Picture Hanging Strips*
- Level (I used the Kreg Multi Mark*)
- Customized Vinyl with your Pet’s name (optional)
Anything with an * came home with me from Haven Conference.
I used this small chalkboard* from Crates and Pallet that I got when I attended a session from Home Depot. The directions said to secure with a brad nailer but I decided to use my favorite Gorilla Wood Glue. I used the sanding sponge on all the pieces before I assembled them.
Frog Tape was used to hold the pieces together until the glue set up.
I reused the Frog tape and added more to protect my chalkboard. Of course, had I not been in such a hurry it probably would have been easier to paint the pieces BEFORE assembly.
Paint Chalkboard Pet Organizer
Because Lulu’s leash is pink, I decided to just go with the black chalk paint. (later you will see that I almost changed my mind) I generally use a cheap chip brush for small jobs like this, but this nice brush was included in our swag bag, so I thought I would take it for a spin. I really liked the paint and the brush, although I think the brush holds too much paint—why I love using chip brushes. Cleanup is a breeze, and very little paint is wasted down the drain.
This is the after. Full disclosure—I placed the Crates and Pallet logo on the backside because I knew it would be “in the way”.
Attach Cabinet Knob to Hang Leash and More
I already have a very large hardware jig, but I am really loving this small cabinet hardware jig from Kreg so much better!
This video will show you just how easy this jig is to use for knobs, pulls ad more!
It will align holes for “center” such as 3.5” center handles, but because I was securing a knob—I used the center part of the jig. No marking the holes—you drill RIGHT THROUGH the jig. If this were for handles, there would be one of those little guides on the left and the right. Simply clamp the jig and drill through the holes.
It even reminds you what size drill bit to use when you’re installing cabinet door hardware!
I used the Liberty Hardware knob that was included in my swag bag, but you know I’m really a D. Lawless Hardware kinda girl.
Secure Command Strips for Hanging Chalkboard
Here you can see that I did sort of a dry brush of the Red chalk paint on the back to see if I wanted this color. I decided I didn’t. I got out the Command picture hanging strips that were in our swag bag. I had honestly never used these before. I HAVE however given them to my daughter Jamie as a gift because she uses them all the time. I had to get a magnifying glass out to read the tiny directions.
They recommend using 4 command strips if your item is over one pound. The chalkboard alone weighed in at 1.3 pounds on my digital postal scale . (if you need one, I highly recommend this one because it is very affordable at around 20 bucks)
Using the extra 2 command strips will allow me to hang heavier items on the knob.
This handy new Kreg Multi Mark Multi-Marking and Measuring Tool worked great to make sure my new pet chalkboard organizer was level.
After taking it for a test drive, I decided it needed a little bling.
Since I couldn’t choose only 1 font, I cut out three choices on my Silhouette Portrait .
Since the Frog Tape was right there, I chose to use it for transferring the customized vinyl.
Add Custom Vinyl of Pet’s Name
The Frog tape made it easy to line up and transfer the customized vinyl.
Lulu Mae has her own bag, I bought it for her at the Dollar Tree before she even came home. We have regular play dates with her brother Charlie and her cousins Ziva and Sis. I always take her blanket, a puppy pad, food and treats. Now we’re ready to go at a moment’s notice, and if for some reason I need a friend to come pick up Lulu, all of her things are right there in one place!
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