April 18, 2011

Pottery Barn Knock Off: Home Organiazation

Picture via Pottery Barn Kids
               Once I set my sights on this fun wall organization unit from Pottery Barn Kids in an old catalog I had stashed, my heart started to flutter a bit. I was totally in love! Its a cork board, chalk board and peg board all in one. I thought this little number would be perfect to help keep our family on the up and up!

    I love all things Pottery Barn, who doesn't really? But, I knew we could make this for far less and customize it to our taste.

Here's what we used to make the wall unit:
Hooks and clips for your peg board
Ply Wood-32" wide x 5 feet tall
5 separate peices of glass measuring 11x17
(if you have old frames sitting around like we did, snag the glass out of it)
Letters for the days of the week- (we just did the weekdays)
Peg board-16" wide x 5 feet tall
Fabric and batting both measuring 16" wide x 5 feet tall
5 sheets of 11x 17 paper
Trim-1.5" wide x 10.5  feet long for the vertical inner trim (need 10 of these)
         2" x 4 feet for the middle inner rows (need 4 of these)
         2 1/4" x 4 feet for the outter top and bottom trim (need 2 of these)
         2 1/4 x 5 feet for the side outter trim (need 2 of these)
    First we laid down a large piece of ply wood cut out the trim peice. I wanted trim around ours to give it a more finished look.  It is about 5 feet tall. I know, I know, its huge, but man it works like the dickens to help keep us organized. This has become our very own mother board! Literally.
        We painted all the trim and peg board black. Then, once that was dry, I laid down a thin layer of quilt batting all the way down the first column. Then I covered the batting with fabric I had left over from a previous project. Use a staple gun and secure the fabric and batting in place. Next, you can either cut out your own letters with a scroll saw (depending on the font you want) for the days of the week, or buy them at Michaels or any other craft store. Nail them in place over the fabric.
      Next. I spray painted an old vegetable can black. Then, I Mod Podged  a scrap of fabric onto it. We use this to hold all our dry erse markers for the dry ease board. We ditched the chalk board section on the original PB wall unit ,and in its place is a dry earse section. We then drilled a hole in the back of the can so it hangs nicely on the peg board hooks. I also spray painted some of the peg board hooks and clips black also.

        Then we wanted to recreate the fun book rack PB had hanging on their peg boards.

       This book rack has been so SO helpful in keeping all our library books in one place. Also, see the notebook in the picture that says "Back to School Binder" its a life savor!! The notebook has sections in it for each child. Its great to stash  papers for the school year in it, from class schedules to field trip information. Its wonderful. You can download a copy of the notebook cover over at My Computer Is My Canvas that's where I found it and read more about it. That alone has kept us so organized, I love it.

      On the original PB wall unit we decided to ditch the chalk board section they had and opted to use dry earse boards, as I mentioned earlier. For that we just laid down white paper (11x 17) then covered it with glass. I had some glass from some old frames and we also ended up having to buy just a  few others at Michaels. Once the glass is in place, nail down all the trim. The glass stays in place perfect becasue of the trim, it helps to keep it safe and sound. I think it turned out pretty great. Its big and huge and keeps us SO organized. Thanks for the inspirations Pottery Barn Kids!

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  1. Ummm, I am in love with this!! So, I think YOU need to design for PB! Your's is so much better AND prettier! You guys did a fabulous job! I love the idea to change out the chalk board for dry erase, it looks nicer and keeps more clean (I think).

  2. i love it! and your version is much more stylish than pb!!

  3. Your version is way cuter than PB. I like your color combination way better. Just pinned you for organizing ideas!

    Please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday ... Hope to see yours among all the amazing projects!

  4. I was just thinking about organizing my weekdays and where to write it...this would go perfect on the back of our front door so that I don't forget anything before leaving the house.

  5. I love it - what a great way to keep things together!

  6. WOW! I am totally in love with this!! I would buy yours over PB's anyday!!! Serious. Thanks so much for linking up to Try it Tuesday, it made my day!!! I will be featuring this!!! Have a happy Monday! Hope to see you tomorrow!

  7. Thanks for stopping by Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week...

    Your piece has reinvigorate my home organization gallery wall!

  8. I love this and featured it today! Stop by and grab a button, if you'd like.

  9. Wow...great job! It looks fantastic!!! Thanks for participating in my sharing post last week!!! Here's to getting to know you better.