Our house is mostly filled with arts and crafts supplies, paper of various kinds, books, food (chocolates!) and Riley’s toys. As much as these are all fun and tasty, it can be a bit overwhelming at times. I also happen to have moments where my OC-ness kicks in and I cannot stop myself from cleaning the house. Anyone else? So when I was approached by Handyman with a do it yourself project, I went for something that will help us solve that.

This DIY Chalkboard and Organizer was a challenge to our resourcefulness. We actually used plant pots for these! Would you have guessed?



Also since we knew that not everyone has easy access to chalkboard paint, we opted for a substitute material that can be found in most hardware shops: black satin finish paint! It’s matte and works just the same.

Watch this video to learn how we made this DIY Chalkboard and Organizer:

Tools and Materials:

  • wood board and planks
  • Greenfield sandpaper #180
  • moist cloth
  • Krylon primer
  • Do It Best flat white paint
  • black satin paint
  • Do It Plus 4″ foam mini roller
  • Lotus 21mm hammer
  • Eagle’s Claw common nails
  • Bostik wood glue
  • Buffalo mini hack coping saw
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • hooks
  • cord/nylon
  • Ramgo green pots with hooks
  • Do It paint brush
  • acrylic or latex paint of your choice
  • wall mount hook
  • chalk for writing

You can find these at your nearest Handyman hardware stores.

What I love about this project is that it is customizable. You can switch up the organizers (pots) anytime you like since they’re detachable. I also decided to pin up some of my favorite postcards and mementos on the board. That and I can just write my to-do list so I don’t forget. (Which reminds me, we ran out of coffee and chocolates so…)


Now I’m no expert with these things just yet so I got some help from Pong, my husband, on the technical aspects such as how to hang the project on the wall; and Anne, who’s addicted to Youtube DIY projects. Of course, Riley and his yaya were our cheerleaders. Haha!

What would you like us to try and make next?

To learn more about the tools and materials we used, visit your nearest Handyman hardware store or check out their Facebook and Instagram.