As you might know, I’m a big fan of the DecoArt Chalky Finish paints. I have a bunch of them now and they were getting disorganized. Since we finally got my craft pegboard up, I have changed things around a little bit. And I wanted to make a space for a Chalky Finish paint organizer.
So first I had to make the Chalky Finish organizer. I wanted to do it out of materials I could easily purchase so if anyone else wanted to make them they could without having to use power tools. So I went to Michael’s and found this convenient little box made of MDF. Then I bought the Balsa boards which were located in the same aisle. I got three of them, even though I only used two. It’s always nice to have an extra board in case you mess up. However if you want to skip the individual compartment-making step, you can easily stack them up like you see here.
When I got home, I measured the length and width of the MDF box, from inside to inside. Then I used a Chalky finish pot as a guide to make incisions through half of the boards so they could slide together like a puzzle. It’s kind of hard to explain so I hope you get it based on the pictures. Always do your measurements yourself because no two boxes will be exactly the same.
To make the cuts through this particular type of wood (Balsa), you can actually cut with scissors or a serrated knife if you don’t have a saw. It was, of course, easier and more precise with a saw but I just want to show you you don’t HAVE to have one to do this project. You could also just cut them apart completely and super glue them in place.
FYI!! Balsa wood is weird–it’s almost like foam board. And it also breaks fairly easily so be careful. I didn’t really like it that much and it was kind of expensive for what you got so if you DO have a saw, just skip this wood and get 1/4″ thick MDF or wood boards. It will be more durable and less hassle and expense (if you can find them on their own.)
It was a little tricky to get the measurements exact, and I actually didn’t. The top row ended up being about 1/4″ too small to hold a Chalky Finish 8 oz pot but it holds the 4 oz pots just great and I stored my smaller 2 oz ones in there as well. But if you do your measurements just perfectly, you should be able to do three rows of 8 oz Chalky Finish pots.
And of course then I painted it in DecoArt Chalky Finish Everlasting (white.) I had to do quite a bit of rearranging on my board to find the right spot for it, but I like where it is now. And now I have one of my most used products right in plain sight where I can easily access them.
Sigh…don’t you just love this pegboard? Get the full tutorial here.
I am part of the DecoArt Blogger Team and this post was sponsored by DecoArt; all opinions are my own.