Office Wall Organization

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1 Hour

As many of you know who follow my projects, I've been doing a lot of organizing lately.
I currently have 2 large working desks/tables/stations (whatever you want to call them) in our living room which also serves as my office, and was starting to feel cramped which messes with my creative vibes, so I had to do something about this issue PRONTO.
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Here is the BEFORE picture. *Side story: That faithful bookshelf sitting in the corner has been with me since I was a freshman in high school (ahem...16 years if you want! Can't believe that!). My mom bought it for me from Lowe's for my room and it was just unfinished wood. When I moved out, graduated college and got my own house, I painted it black. Then, last year, I needed a change again and decided to paint over the black with aqua for a funky distressed look. It's now removed from our home and will always have a special place in my heart (but really, I don't miss it--haha!). I've decided everything must go UP and off the floor!
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SUPPLIES: -(2) 6-cube organizers (I grabbed these from Target while they were 'slightly' on sale.) -4 L-shaped anchors -1-3/4" wood screws -1/4" wood screws Optional: If you're removing things from your wall in order to make space for these organizer cubes, you'll want to patch up the holes from whatever was hanging there before. I grabbed a DryDex Wall Repair Patch Kit from Home Depot that came with everything I needed to spackle the small holes I had. *If you're taking the spackling route, make sure to also have your wall color paint on hand as well.

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STEP 1 (optional): Sand holes Remove nails, anchors and/or screws from your wall and lightly sand the holes. I didn't go too crazy with this as I only had small picture nails in the wall, aside from 2 anchors with screws for one particular piece of decor.
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STEP 2 (optional): Fill holes Next, take a Putty knife and fill the holes with the spackling, scraping off any excess. You'll want to let this dry completely, then repeat STEPS 1 and 2 until the holes are no longer visible and are smooth with the rest of the wall. *Note: no matter how many times you have to repeat these steps, make sure to sand the area one final time before moving on to the next step.
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STEP 3 (optional): Once the spackling is dry and smooth, go over the spots you had to spackle with your original wall color. You can choose to roll it out but I decided to feather in the paint--2 light coats were good for me.
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STEP 4: Level and measure The first step for mounting the cubes is to mark out the studs in your wall where you want them to hang, then, using a level, draw a line across the top of the level so you know where to line the top of your cubes up at.
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STEP 5: Pre-drill holes This is VERY important! We experienced our screws breaking when we were trying to screw them in so you definitely need to pre-drill your marks on your studs BEFORE screwing in your anchors.
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STEP 6: Screw anchors Next, position the top hole of your anchors on the pre-drilled holes. Make sure that they look like upside down L's (final picture below). {The idea is to have the inside top of the cubes resting on these anchors.} Then, drill in your screw (using the 1-3/4" screws) but don't make it too snug yet!
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Take a small level and hammer, and lightly tap the anchor with the hammer to make sure that it is vertically level. After that, you can install the second screw into the bottom hole and make the top screw snug.
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Here is what your anchors should look like. If you're only installing one organization cube, you'll only need 2 anchors.
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STEP 7: Position and secure cubes Finally, take the cubes and set them on the anchors. Again, these things are super heavy so you'll want to be extra careful when handling them.
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With your 1/4" screws, secure the inside top of the cubes to the anchors. There should be 2 screws per anchor. *We bought 3/4" but they were too long.
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Here are the empty cubes once they were mounted. Oooooh the possibilities! This is every neat freak's dream (me included)!
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I love how the removal of my beloved bookshelf and mounting these organization cubes on the wall has opened up the space! I forgot to mention that I bought 2 collapsible grey cubes, a small crate and a little stylish office organization box to go in the cubbies. I feel like I can breathe a breath of fresh air now in our living room and I'm so excited because this weekend our new couch will be delivered--I think it will tie everything together. My philosophy is "work with what you've got" and if our little house is what I'm working with (and I am eternally thankful and feel so blessed to have a roof over my head and a warm place to sleep), then by golly I'm going to make the space work for our growing family. *Note: you'll definitely need a helping hand for this project if you've got scrawny arms and shouldn't be lifting heavy things! Thank the Lord for awesome husbands! ;)
Ok I just had to do a close up...I'm in love!!
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  • Dagmar Riley
    on Dec 17, 2017

    Love what you’ve done; great job! Curious though, why didn’t you use the bookshelf you already had, turning it sideways to hang it up and add some shelves on the inside of it?
    • Dagmar Riley
      on Jan 26, 2019

      Now that I can actually see the video; which didn’t show before, I can see why she did it now. The other bookshelf would’ve been way to heavy. I still would’ve turned the one she put up lengthwise though which I think might’ve gave the possibility to add another for more storage and just add a few more l-brackets then to help with the weight. Still love her idea though and hoping to use it one day myself.

  • Hudihoo
    on Dec 12, 2018

    But what happened to your "beloved bookcase"?

  • Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Wait... you put anchors in studs?

    • Danielle
      on Dec 12, 2018

      I think she's calling the L-brackets anchors.

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  • Carol de la Fuente
    on Mar 5, 2019

    Looks fantastic!!! Love it!!!

  • Carlene Williams Johnson
    on Mar 30, 2019

    Love this idea :). I love repurposed things. I’ve never actually thought of putting those on the walls. Great idea! I’m going to use those cubby shelves as supports for a desk/work space soon. I just got a silhouette :) You could also place them on your desk top and secure to walk. :)

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