I originally wrote this post in 2013 as a collaboration with the Habitat for Humanity Home Center. As we all navigate a new normal of homeschooling and working from home I thought I’d share a great way to get organized for the week. Post contains affiliate links.
I love a great repurposing project, today I am going to share with you how I repurposed a cabinet door to become a new go-to station for my kid’s schoolwork. I love the idea of turning something that could possibly be trash into something new. We jumped right back into our groove of homeschooling. We do a bit of a year-round schedule, so we take more breaks for travel and no real summer. I now have a 7th grader, preschooler, and toddler, so things can get a little unorganized if I don’t plan their schoolwork. My preschooler is a very visual learner and loves that he’s being included in our daily homeschool schedule. I wanted to give him his own space to keep track of what he needed to work on for the week, something that was visual and would keep him from asking every hour if he has more things to do.
I picked up a few items at my local Habitat Home Center for this project, but these things can be found just about anywhere. The cabinet door was $5 (in perfect condition) and knobs like these are fairly inexpensive.
I gave the cabinet door a quick sanding by hand. I just used a few sheets of sanding paper and went to town. I then gave the door two coats of chalkboard spray paint. Let it dry in the sun and the next day it was ready. I love the Chalk Ink chalkboard pens which are more like a marker and wipe off with a wet rag. I have had this set of ink chalkboard pens for years and they are still my go-to. Personalizing the cabinet door for a weekday to do is probably my favorite way to visually layout a week of homeschool planning. I took my hot glue gun, spaced out the clips and knobs and glued them down to the cabinet door.
It turned out way better than I imagined. I love that I can clip busy work, homework or daily important papers for the appropriate day. The knobs are perfect for hanging just about anything. I could have drilled holes and made the clips and knobs sturdier, but for what I am using them for they won’t be getting a lot of weight.