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Entry Organizer Chalkboard

With this entryway organizer, you can leave soggy shoes and winter clothes at the door and post messages on the chalkboard wall.

Entry organizer with shelf and chalkboard

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Tape measure
  • Level (3-foot or longer)
  • Straightedge (6-foot or longer)
  • Painting supplies
  • Drill and bit set
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wall anchors as needed


  • 2 - 10-in white shelf brackets, #49150
  • White laminated shelf, #107641
  • 14.5-in x 29.2-in rectangular boot tray, #357394
  • White marble chips, .5 cubic feet, #2527
  • 4 - satin-nickel garment hooks, #47518
  • #8 x 1-1/2-in sheet-metal screws
  • #8 x 1/2-in sheet-metal screws
  • Valspar chalkboard paint, gallon, #203261
  • Valspar Signature eggshell paint, gallon, Afternoon Delight, #6006-10A

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Paint the Chalkboard Surface

Step 1

Prep the wall for painting by filling in nail holes and patching the drywall as needed. If you’re repainting the rest of the room (Afternoon Design, #6006-10A, shown), do that before applying the chalkboard paint.

Step 2

Select a section of the wall about 36 inches wide for the chalkboard. Mark the outside edges of the chalkboard at the ceiling and use a level and straightedge to draw two vertical lines to the baseboard. Place painter’s tape beside the pencil lines so the paint will cover up those marks.

Step 3

Apply two coats of chalkboard paint according to the label directions and let dry. Remove the painter’s tape after the second coat. (Avoid writing on the wall until after the paint dries overnight.)

Good to Know

Following the paint label directions, condition a new chalkboard wall by rubbing the entire surface with a piece of chalk and then wiping it clean.

Add Organizer Accessories

Step 1

Measure about 36 inches up from the baseboard and use the level to draw a line that begins and ends about 8 inches from the edges of the chalkboard area.

Step 2

Measure in 10 inches along the pencil line and place a shelf bracket with its top even with the horizontal line. Mark the screw hole locations. If the bracket isn’t over a wall stud, add wall anchors as needed. Repeat for the other bracket. Then screw the brackets to the wall with #8 x 1-1/2-in sheet-metal screws for studs or the fasteners provided with the wall anchors.

Good to Know

If you have a small amount of white paint, touch up the screw heads to match the white brackets.

Step 3

Center the white laminate shelf between the brackets and mark the screw hole locations. Drill 1/8-in pilot holes 1/2 inch deep in the shelf and screw the shelf to the brackets with #8 x 1/2-in sheet-metal screws.

Step 4

Select a section of the wall near the chalkboard strip where you want the garment hooks and hold a level horizontal about 48 inches from the floor. Make marks along the level about 10 inches apart. Hold a garment hook with one screw opening over a mark and pencil in locations of the remaining holes. Repeat for the other three garment hooks -- use more or fewer as desired.

Step 5

Install wall anchors as needed at the pencil marks. Then screw the garment hooks to the wall.

Step 6

If you need a place where wet shoes and boots can drip dry, fill a shallow boot tray with white marble chips that let water drain away.