HomePallet Home Décor IdeasPallet Home AccessoriesMulti-tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center

Multi-tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center

  • n/a

  • medium

  • n/a

  • $40

I had a personal problem to solve. We were using a single Command Strip hook to hang our family calendar on and stay organized with. Very lame. I made this Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center to eliminate that lameness from our lives. I like to re-purpose pallets; it's a great way to get different textures and color shading because of the many various types of woods that companies use to make them. I also like the textures involved with the different wood types/grains, and with the milling process.

I wanted to go rustic with the look, but I also wanted to incorporate a handful of different features to deal with the standard ancillary components that go into organizing our lives. To me that meant:

  • Calendar
  • White board/dry erase or blackboard (which looks cool, is trendy, but is also messy)
  • Magnets: lots of magnet spots to try and catch all those damn scraps of important papers that get lost in the shuffle of junk mail
  • Pencil/ Pen Holder

I had to consider where I wanted to put it. This meant working around a double light switch box without losing all of the space because of it. Additionally, I wanted to try and make it blend in. If it couldn't match, then I wanted it to at least work with the wall and tiles it was going to be next to.

Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center - Glue-up:

So, I set out designing, measuring and assembling. The first step was gluing together the four large pieces end to end to create the main bulk of it. I just used basic pipe clamps and wood glue. I didn't use a wood planer, so it kept with the rustic feel by creating gaps between the pieces of wood once assembled.

Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center - Layout:

For the second part, the right side of the organizer was a bit more complicated. I wanted to use the expanded metal grating to give a more industrial look and provide a lot of magnetic space. It also gave me the opportunity to do something under the metal. I chose to create a painted pattern. This pattern closely matched the coloring and size of the tile backsplash in my kitchen. The trick to accomplishing that was to cut a stencil square out of a thin piece of cardboard. Then, I just had to move it around, spray painting different colors to give the effect of tiles.

The metal is actually raised above the painted wood a little. I used the table saw to cut grooves into the frame pieces where the metal was inserted (only the two side pieces). This effectively sandwiched the metal into place once all four frame pieces were glued together. Cool and gives a 3-D look.

Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center -More Fun Additions:

I saved the bottom area as a place to mount a steel strip that works well as another magnet holder. Interesting side note, this was leftover from the Coat Rack project. I also mounted a small mason jar using an old automotive hose clamp to hold it in place. Works out good for holding pens & pencils. The white basket I bought from Target.com in the section listed for student lockers. They have all kinds of little magnetic things to put in your school locker (that is if you still live out of one)

Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center - Ready to Hang Up:

I used the French Cleat method of mounting to the wall. It allows me to take this on and off easily if I wanted to mount more junk to it, as well as let me adjust on the horizontal plane to line it up correctly with the light switch I worked around. (Also allowed me to take it off the wall and snap this pic so you could see it)

The matching Cleat is mounted to the wall. I just found the two studs and zipped three big screws in making sure it was level. I finished it with a rich stain and then applied a polyurethane varnish over the whole thing. Now that it's mounted, it's very convenient and keeps us all organized.

Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center1
Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center2

Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center3

Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center4
Multi-Tasking Pallet Kitchen Organizer Center5


Resources for this project:

Bio: I love to build custom rustic/ industrial / steampunk projects. A lot of designers and makers have... read more

Join the Conversation!

Notify of

Best-of ideas


Top 5 August Pallet Ideas 2017: Sliding Pallet Doors & More!


Pamper Your Pup: 11 Plush Pallet Dog Bed Ideas For You!


Top 10 Inspirations to Make Your Log Shed From Pallets


A Pallet Year: Top 5 Posts on 1001pallets in 2015


Happy New Year 2014 & Happy Birthday 1001pallets.com !


Welcome 2017 & Best-of 2016: Your 10 Most Preferred Pallet Ideas of 2016

Other ideas you may like


Diy Tutorial: Make Your Own Solar-powered Pallet House Address


Pre-lit Pallet Christmas Tree We Painted Green!


Pallet Objects


Large Simple Pallet Mirror Frame Dresses Up The Walls


Charming Pallet Picture Frames


Easy Pallet Picture Display Board

Latest Classified Ads


Add yourself to our list and never miss information to make a wide variety of pallet projects easily and safely!


Scroll to Top