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Entryway-Organizer How-To

The school permission slip. The envelope that needs to be posted. This back-door bulletin board organizes all of that -- and saves you precious time in the last-minute scramble as you head out the door. Ours is a basic store-bought corkboard that’s been painted and outfitted with a ledge and rod (to hold larger mail), plus cup hooks (for keys). Keep the family’s monthly calendar here, too, for at-a-glance reminders of doctor appointments and meetings.

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Introduction

Adding the shallow shelf along the bottom and the brass rod across the front helps corral files, folders, and envelopes that are too bulky for a tack or pin.

Sources

Framed corkboard, by the Board Dudes, 22" by 35", $16, target.com
White cork fabric, $52.50 a 1/2 yd., bandjfabrics.com
Gooseneck brackets, 1", $2.50 for 2, alanrichardtextiles.com
Brass-plated steel rod, from $18, alanrichardtextiles.com
Brass-plated cup hooks, by Everbilt, 1", $1.25 for 2, homedepot.com

More Organizing Ideas:

Plexiglas-and-Pegboard Organizer How-To

Magnetic Chalkboard How-To

Homastote-Board How-To

Materials

  • Drill and bit
  • Bulletin board
  • Wooden board, 1 by 2 inches, cut to interior width of bulletin board
  • Wood screws
  • Paint (in desired color) and paintbrush
  • White cork fabric (optional)
  • Multipurpose spray adhesive, such as 3M Super 77 (optional)
  • 2 sets of gooseneck brackets
  • #4 screws, 1/2 inch
  • Brass-plated steel rod, 3/8 inch, cut to fit distance between brackets
  • Cup hooks, 1 inch

Steps

  1. Step 1

    With drill, create 3 evenly spaced pilot holes through back of bulletin board and into edge of wooden board. Using pilot holes as guides, screw wooden board to bulletin board.

  2. Step 2

    Paint bulletin board frame. Let dry. Optional: Cut fabric to fit inside dimensions of frame. Apply spray adhesive to fabric, align along top of frame, and press into place.

  3. Step 3

    With a pencil, lightly mark 4 inches up from shelf on each side. Using mark as guide, screw in 1 bracket. Slide one end of rod into bracket. Cap other end of rod with other bracket; screw into place.

  4. Step 4

    Spacing evenly, screw cup hooks into underside of shelf.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2014

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Reviews (1)

  • emmaparker 17 Jan, 2015

    So lovely!!!! I have just watch you in The Simpsons, and now I love your work.... So beauty. Love and admiration from Paris xxx