How to Use Upcycled Cabinets for Organizing

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

of The Home Depot

There’s really no better time to tackle some organizing and de-cluttering around your house than the last few weeks of winter before spring arrives. Once the sun comes out and trees start to bloom, indoor projects will hit the back burner. While you’re neatening and tidying your nest, consider these helpful tips from organizer extraordinaire, Jen of iHeartOrganizing. See how she repurposes old, used cabinet doors and keeps her busy family of five organized.

Read on for her easy how-tos and organizational tips. Take it away, Jen!

Repurposing old cabinet doors

You can use upcycled cabinets for organizing in many areas of your home. In fact, practically any cabinet door can be transformed to be a fabulous organizational tool.  It may seem hard to believe that something so simple can be a total game changer, but here are a couple of ways that we use them in our home to stay organized.

To start, you need a cabinet door.  Any will do.  I like to search my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for options that can be up-cycled.

How to DIY a Chalkboard Menu Planning Board:

I am a busy mom and wife, and one of the areas we are really organized in is the menu planning department.  By planning out our weekly meals on Sunday, we are not over-purchasing at the store, we can plan based on our family’s schedule {making quick meals on our busy nights} and ultimately we save money.  The menu board that we created allows us to keep a quick at-a-glance reminder of what we have planned for each day, so the Mr. and I are always on the same page.

Step 1

To start, I began with a blank cabinet door:

Chalkboard Meal Planning Cabinet from iHeartOrganizing

Step 2

Then, using some painters tape and Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Paint, I painted interior panel of the door.

Chalkboard Meal Planning Cabinet from iHeartOrganizing

The paint went on wonderfully; I just made sure to follow the directions on the back of the can.

Chalkboard Meal Planning Cabinet with Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint

Step 3

I also grabbed a tester size of my favorite paint color for the outer edges of the cabinet door.

Behr Paint Sample used in chalkboard menu planning project

Step 4

And screwed in some picture hanging hooks to the back of the cabinet door:

Hanging hooks for chalkboard meal planning project

Step 5

Of course the best place to hang it was in the kitchen!

Chalkboard Meal Planning Project in the kitchen

Step 6

To hold the chalk for the menu board, I added in a drawer pull {just placed upside down to act as a cup}:

Drawer pull used as storage for chalk in meal planning project

Step 7

I could have called it complete at this point, and used the chalkboard for anything such as memos or keeping track of our weekly schedules, but I knew that I wanted to use it for our menu planning, so I added in some vinyl decals with the days of the week. Now, we can easily erase the previous week’s meals {leaving the weekdays in place}, and add the new week’s meals each Sunday!

Chalkboard Meal Planning Project Completed

How to DIY a Children’s Art Display:

If you are a parent, you may notice that kids love to craft and create artwork.  And keeping it all organized requires being selective about which pieces to save and store away.  For all of the pieces I don’t decide to keep {I wish I could save them all, but space does not permit this}, I keep them on display in our playroom for a period of time, so they can be organized, admired and cherished.  Then, I snap a photo to keep the memory and recycle the artwork.

Step 1

Once again, I started out with a blank cabinet door {actually three since I did one of these for each of my boys}.   I used a foam roller paired with some playroom friendly paint colors to paint both the inside panel and outer perimeter.

Painting cabinet door for kids artwork display project

Step 2

Once the paint was dry, I attached a standard office clip to the top of the cabinet {making sure to pre-drill the hole first}:

Pre-drilling holes to attach clip for kids artwork display project

Screw in clip for kids artwork display project

Step 3

I  pre-drilled the bottom as well, this time to add a label holder, making a great artwork display for the kids!

Pre-drill hole for label holder in kids artwork display project

Label holder for kids artwork display project

Display kids artwork and keep all those lose papers organized

Step 4

After installing more picture hanging hooks to the back, the cabinet doors were hung on the wall and created the perfect gallery to show off the kid’s masterpieces!

Completed artwork display project

Both of these projects were completed on a very small budget and are of entry level DIY skill set, but are a couple of our favorite ways to stay organized as a family!

    Other Items You'll Need

    • Used cabinet doors
    • Label holders (optional)