Mornings can be divvied up into things that are hard and things that are easy; sleeping in: easy, deciding what to wear: hard, forgetting your keys as you dash out the door: all-too easy, building an entryway organizer to keep your keys, cards and coats all in one convenient spot: easy peasy! OK, we snuck that last one in there, but hear us out. This beautiful pegboard entryway organizer can be customized to fit any need and creates a space for all of your daily necessities. Best of all, this statement-making organizer is way easier to make than it looks (accepting praise from friends and family on your DIY: super easy).


Materials to Make a DIY Entryway Pegboard

To make this project you’ll need a pegboard, plywood, pencil, drill, dowels, saw, saw guard rail, shelves and a mirror.

  

Step One: Mark Holes for Pegs

Using the pegboard as a measurement guide, mark through the holes on your plywood board that are 5″ apart using your pencil.


Step Two: Drill Holes Into Plywood Board

Place the plywood on top of scrap wood and drill holes according to the marks. Hold your drill at a 90-degree angle to ensure the holes are completely straight.


Step Three: Cut Dowels

Cut each dowel to 3.75″ in length.

Step Four: Hang Board

Hang your board on your entryway wall.

  

Step Five: Arrange Dowels on Board

Place your dowels where desired for hanging items and create shelving by placing two dowels along the same row and setting shelves on top. You can also rest a round mirror on top of two dowels to create a small vanity.



Don’t limit yourself to entryway essentials. This pegboard comes in handy in mudrooms for pet accessories, in bedrooms and playrooms for toys and books and bedrooms for robes and catch-all bowls. The opportunities are endless!



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If your new workout routine has you breaking a sweat from home instead of inside a crowded gym, chances are you have a bunch of clutter gathering around your fitness equipment (hello, new stationary bike and dumbbells!). Solve that problem with an easy to build French cleat wall organizer and you’ll be even more motivated to get your sweat on. Read on for seven simple steps to create this snazzy shelf for yourself.


Materials:


● 1 sheet of 3/4” plywood
● 1” solid wood material for frame and individual organizers
● Brad nails
● Wood glue
● Stain and/or finish
● Hardware to hang organizer on the wall (ensure it’s adequate for the weight of the organizer)


Tool Requirements:


● Table saw
● 18-gauge brad nailer
● Tape measure
● Square
● Safety protection (i.e. safety glasses, dust mask, hearing protection)
● Screw driver

 

Step One: Cut the Plywood


Cut the plywood to your desired size. Keep in mind that the final product will be quite heavy upon completion. This example was four feet wide and three feet high.


Step Two: Create the French Cleats ​


To create the French cleats, cut 2” pieces from the remaining plywood using the table saw. For this example, you’ll need nine pieces. Then adjust the table saw to 45 degrees and cut a 45-degree bevel on each 2” cleat. Finally, mark out with a pencil and cross cut each cleat to the exact length of the plywood instead of using a tape measure. During this step, make a few extra cleats to use as backing for the organizer units in step five.

 

Step Three: Attach the French Cleats

 

Put some glue on the bottom of the first cleat and line it up with the bottom of the plywood using a square. Use brad nails to secure the cleat in place. Use a scrap piece of the 2” plywood to space out the next cleat and repeat the process of gluing and nailing for the remaining French cleats.

  

Step Four: Create the Frame ​


For the frame, you’ll be cutting four pieces of 2” wide trim from the 1” solid wood. Measure the top and bottom of the plywood first and then the sides before cutting the lengths. The sides will be longer than the plywood because the width of the top and bottom frame will be added. Once all four sides are cut, glue and brad nail them to the plywood.

 

Step Five: Build Your Organizer Units​


With the remaining 1” solid wood, create whichever type of organizer units will work best for you. To do this, measure, cut, glue and nail together the boxes or shelves. Once the shelves and boxes are created, using the spare cleats you made in step two, cut them to their appropriate lengths for each organizer unit and attach them to the back of each unit using glue and brad nails. Check that the cleats will be “level” by making sure they are the same distance away from the top of the unit, along the entire length of the cleat.

 

  

Step Six: Apply the Final Touches and Secure to Wall


Sand everything down for a nice smooth finish. Apply a stain colour of your choice to the entire organizer as well as the organizer units. Follow the directions of the chosen stain for the best results. Attach the hardware that you’ve chosen for the organizer to the back of the organizer and to the wall. Remember to ensure it is adequate to handle the weight. The hardware should be screwed into wooden studs when possible. For this organizer, a low profile aluminum French cleat was used, which can be found at specialty woodworking stores. And finally… hang your new shelf!

  

Step Seven: Decorate!


Position each unit where you’d like and fill it up with your personal items. The best thing about a French cleat organizer design is that it’s modular: you can add and subtract different units/shelves whenever your needs for the organizer change.



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Whether your tastes run towards a more traditionalharvest-inspired arrangement or a spooky, Hitchcockian display, October is a great time to change up your fireplace decorations. To help you choose your mood, I’ve created three easy looks using the season’s bounty and simple accessories found around the house: pumpkins, gourds, Spanish moss, Chinese lanterns, paper cut-outs and tabletop accessories. Here, inspiration for your October mantel makeover

Gothic Chic

The great thing about going Gothic for the season is getting both the spook and the romance. A traditional Gothic mantelpiece is easily achieved by arranging any number and manner of objects with an antique look, such as silver and pewter candlesticks, pitchers and vessels, along with shapely seasonal gourds and unkempt foliage. Chinese lantern flowers and small pumpkins still on the vine add a bright spot of colour.

Spanish moss ties all the elements together while black feathers and a store bought bat garland (West Elm) make the mantelpiece Halloween ready.

A Painterly Still Life 

A traditional mantelpiece that’s more sophisticated than creepy works well throughout the month of October. And it couldn’t be simpler: layer a selection of pumpkins and gourds in a simple colour palette, with Spanish moss and simple Mason jar lanterns. Here, creamy white pumpkins and soft blue green gourds make a painterly statement that is reminiscent of an 18th-century Dutch still life.

Tip: It’s important when using similar elements, such as these gourds, to create some sense of variation. Mix in wood pedestals, cake stands, gold or bronze vases, and stack gourds on top of each other to create a difference in height.

Creating Illusions

Take your inspiration from classic thriller films like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds or The Crow and decorate your mantelpiece with a throng of paper cut-out birds. Place them strategically around your fireplace to give the impression they are swooping in for the kill, or pecking at treats you have left out.

Dishes filled with licorice candy and other sweet treats is an easy and inexpensive way to fill your mantelpiece with Halloween goodness. Keep your accessories dark or black, such as skull candles, twilight hued gourds, and black feathers to complete that eerie look. If you run out, you can always spray paint some impromptu thrift store finds or forgotten trinkets hiding in the cupboards (everybody’s got some!).



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I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point during the last century it seems a decorating law was passed that required the vast majority of all baseboards, mouldings, trim and doors to be painted white. It didn’t matter what white – it had to be white. Painting doors and trim white shines a spotlight on these items, and unless they possess a degree of architectural interest, they probably don’t deserve to be centre stage. The fact is, whether you believe white is the absence or confluence of all colours, it can often do a disservice to your wall colour: many grey/blue walls have been transformed into a juvenile baby blue, and reds made harsh and unwelcoming, when trimmed with white. White can rob colours of their complexities, and it’s the wall colour that takes the fall because all the white is doing is looking clean, sparkling and innocent.


Before we fell under the spell of white trim, homes across the globe had trim that was painted darker than the walls. In fact, it wasn’t unusual for doors, trim and especially baseboards to be painted black. The thinking was that people would inadvertently kick, damage, or get fingerprints all over them and they would likely be covered in dirt and dust. Sound reasoning, actually. Well, perhaps you’re not ready to paint your trim, doors et al black, but here are some different approaches to consider when choosing a colour for trim.


Use a shade, Tint or Tone of the Wall Colour


Using a lighter (tint), darker (shade) or greyed-out (tone) version of your wall colour is an excellent way to complement your wall. If you choose a paint from a typical sample strip, you can usually go up or down one colour to find your tint or shade, you will probably find your tone, the colour with grey added, on a different strip. The issue of the grey/blue wall becoming baby blue with white trim is solved when the trim is a pale grey/blue – at first glance this technique gives the look of white trim, but because it now shares pigment with the wall, the two work together to reinforce the colour scheme without competing. Going darker with a shade or tone is also a safe bet that deliver high impact results.



 

Paint Trim and Doors the Same Colour as the Walls

This is an advisable option when trim and doors have minimal features worth highlighting, and a particularly good idea for small spaces, where you don’t want to interrupt the eye as it travels across the room. Breaks in colour create subconscious pauses as we view a space, and the room becomes a series of blocks of colour rather than a more desirable continuous flow. A subtle break can be created by using a glossier finish on the trim. Painting walls and trim the same colour can create a very cozy, enveloping effect.



Choose a Different Colour Altogether


A yellow room gives you the feeling of an English cottage when paired with a classic deep blue trim, while a rich red dining room will assume an old world elegance with taupe trim and a green living room could look fabulous alongside French grey. Painting your trim a contrasting colour is a more daring approach: you will need to tie in both colours with the decor, and your colour choices will need to be well thought out. But, when done well, the effect can be whimsical, elegant or stately – depending on your design objective. You can pick colours that complement each other, or stick with one from the neutral family and have a little fun with the other. This technique can be used if you want neutral walls – your trim can be the source of colour. And, don’t rule out black – black trim can create a stunning and dramatic effect with very little effort.


Let’s lift the ban on pigment-infused doors and trim and pick colours that will imbue every element in your room with personality. You put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into choosing your wall colour, so optimize your hard work with trim that pulls its weight in your design scheme.



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