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DIY Distressed Wood Hanging Organizer

This fun distressed wood hanging organizer is a cool, unique and useful piece that you can make to help organize your important papers and make them look pretty.

Hi Kenarry Readers! It’s Lori from Greco Design Company. I created this wood organizer for a client who needed a place to keep her family’s schedules, school notes and daily reminders. But she wanted something that was stylish and didn’t look like it belonged in an office.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer

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I love distressing wood to make my wood signs so I thought a piece of distressed wood would be the perfect backdrop for an organization area. Making this piece was fairly easy and very forgiving. And you can tailor it to fit your space and color palette.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer

How to Make a DIY Distressed Wood Hanging Organizer

Here are the instructions to create your own distressed wood hanging organizer:

Materials:

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer

How to Distress Wood

To start, you’ll need to paint 2 coats of your background color onto the wood. I like to add a few additional strokes of an additional paint color to make the wood look a little more aged.

Let the paint dry fully and you’ll need to sand all the edges so they are rounded and worn. Also I like to sand the front so the paint looks aged too. I find an electric sander works best for this step. You can sand the piece by hand, but it will just take longer.

Next, I added a coat of the stain. This step is optional but I find adding a coat of stain – either tinted gray or wood toned color – helps the areas where there is bare wood to have a richer look. I used a gray stain to match the chairs in my client’s room but I love, love how this colors looks with the white and black paints.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer with texture

After the stain was dry, I used a fork and dragged the prongs down the wood to add some dimension and ridges. I was trying to match the linear grain look of my clients’ chairs but again, I loved how this technique turned out.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer with texture

Here’s how my wood piece looked after all that painting, sanding and texture.

How to Give the DIY Organizer a Finished Edge

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer with painted edges

I didn’t want to add a frame to this piece but I thought it needed some sort of finishing to the edges. So I decided to paint the sides black. This is a simple way to add little more dimension to any wood sign.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer with painted edges

I had previously hung a gallery wall with lots of black frames in the same room where this organizer will be hanging. So this subtle black touch will help relate to those frames.

Add Metal Clips to the DIY Hanging Organizer

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer with metal clips

After the edges were dry I added the metal clips. I spaced them out so different sized papers could be hung on them, knowing that most papers will extend off the wood piece.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer with metal clips

For the larger clips, I used screws and super glue but I attached the smaller ones with just super glue.

How to Hang the DIY Distressed Wood Organizer

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer with hanging hardware

Let the glue dry completely then it’s time to add the hanging hardware. I wanted something a little more unique for this piece, so I used 2 eye hooks and some twine. I screwed the eye hooks into the top edge of the wood, spaced out evenly.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer hung with twine

Then I thread a .5″ piece of twine through them and tied a simple knot at the top.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer hung with twine

To keep the twine from fraying, I added some clear nail polish to the ends.

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer with Scotch mounting putty

I’ll need a hook to hang this along with some Scotch Mounting Putty. The putty will prevent the wood organizer from sliding around and it won’t damage the walls.

The Finished DIY Distressed Hanging Wood Organizer

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer

It looks so pretty without all those papers…

DIY distressed wood hanging organizer

But it’s still pretty cute.

Now my client has a pretty and one-of-a-kind, distressed wood organizer. It’s the perfect solution for all those schedules, school notes and reminders. Plus she can hang it in an area for all to see.

If you liked this post, check out these additional posts about uses for distressed wood:

DIY Distressed Wood Shelf with Ikea Brackets

Easter & Spring Distressed Wood Signs

How to Revise a Bookshelf & Distress Wood

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