DIY Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Project

Have I told you lately how amazing you are?


When they were handing out readers….

…..they knew I needed good ones.

For example, when I first posted pictures of this front entry there was a deer head hanging on this wall

Here’s a picture of the wall circa two weeks ago.

Front Entry Stripes

Several of you pointed out that the deer head was a little too flat and a little too small for this space.

And that the planter looked a little too oddly tall.

And you were right.

That’s why we are friends.  Friends don’t let friends have too tall planters and flat deer heads on the wall.

I hadn’t really looked at it.  But then I did.  And I knew that deer head had to go.

And now the space looks like this.

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY

The deer head happily went to visit another space and I created this DIY industrial farmhouse organizer to fill the space.

It was so easy to make.

All you need are baskets and wood.

And a village to help you decorate. 🙂

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Baskets

I started with these baskets.

Simple, basic that you can find at most home decor stores.

I loved the gray patina of them.

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Gray Stain

Then I stained a 16″ x 48″ board from Lowe’s that I found in the lumber section already cut like this.

I bought weathered grain stain thinking it would compliment the baskets.

Ummm….not so much.

The gray turned out blue.

Can you move down the street so when I buy gray weathered stain you can tell me I should have bought the dark oak stain instead?


Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Before

But you weren’t around, so I sanded it to see if that would help.


But now it was distressed and blue.

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer DIY Project (800x800)

So I stained it with Provincial stain instead.

And realized it wasn’t dark enough and maybe I should distress it some more and so I stained it again.

And now it looks like this.

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Notes

And this.

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer How To

And this.

Industrial Farmhouse Organizer Wire Baskets

And I filled the baskets with some milk glass (great place to put my keys).

I added a to-do-list and pencils.

And now I love the look of the new space.

DIY Industrial Farmhouse Organizer

Thank you for your suggestions.

Thank you for your comments and encouragement and ideas and little bits of joy that you share with me every day.

And thanks for being part of my village. 🙂

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  1. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    It looks great! I think it is an improvement over the previous version. Don't you love a simple project that seems to make all the difference in your home? I find the simplest things make such a huge impact on our life. I have a feeling this organizer set up will turn out to be worth its weight in gold (or maybe stain). :)

  2. Image for Yvonne Yvonne

    Love the new look! The board is the perfect color and scale of pieces is just right. Love it when a project comes together!

  3. Image for Linda Miller Linda Miller

    Love the cute and practical! Can you tell me a little more about the watercolorapp when you get some time? I have been looking for a good one of these and I love the picture a reader did of your house. Have a great Monday!

  4. Image for Cheri Cheri

    You know I could just look at pictures of your house and property all day long. It's so refreshingly beautiful and your way of telling your story is delightful! I can always count on your blog to put a smile on my face and a hop in my step. I LOVE your spaces and your creativity.

  5. Image for Ann C Ann C

    I love that you hung the baskets on a board. I wouldn't have thought of that. I would have hung them directly onto the wall thinking the gray stripe and gray baskets complimented each other and they probably wouldn't have even showed up. Love your taste!

  6. Image for Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY

    Hi Karianne, I like this version better too. Great idea for storage which you can never, ever have too much of-lol. This is a great way to make the space attractive and functional, a tough combo to achieve sometimes. Hmm, I see boards and baskets in my short-term future. Hope you have a lovely day.

  7. Image for Gail Gail

    Isn't it great that you can change the look so easily. It is so nice we live in a time when old things look amazing. Even better that we can make new things look older. Love your house.

  8. Image for Pat Pat

    That is such a clever idea for your front entry way! I think you have excellent ideas and share them so nicely ~~Thanks!

  9. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Actually love the hint of blue that comes through. And what a great, useful design, and proportionate to the space, too!

  10. Image for SANDRA SANDRA

    Love it! the color of the board is great too. Sometimes our mistakes make our pieces. The gray you did to begin with gives a great contrast to the baskets. Just enough of it shows. Great Job!

  11. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    Ooooo...milk glass! Containers within a container and hung on the wall. Practical and perfect and totally unexpected! My absolute favorite combination.

  12. Image for Colleen@Lilacdrivedesigns Colleen@Lilacdrivedesigns

    Looks great! I love it and the scale of the accessories is perfectly done. I never really looked closely at the other arrangement with the deer until now. If you loved it then, that is all that matters, but if you love it better now, then Yeehaa! It's a home run :)

  13. Image for Sue B. Sue B.

    Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much." Guess it does take a village even with decorating. Happy Monday!

  14. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    You know...most bloggers don't appreciate comments that criticize their are the exception. Not only do you actually listen...but you act on their suggestions. You truly are a ROCK STAR! Love what you did! ;)

  15. Image for Trish @TheOldPostRoad Trish @TheOldPostRoad

    I cannot believe you received comments about that entry. Actually, I can. I've received some whammo's. Your entry was pretty, before. Looks great now, too! Where did you get that cute deer head, by the way? Thanks! Trish

  16. Image for Carolyn Vey Carolyn Vey

    You are quite kind to invite comments. I feel you are amazing to share all you do. Julia at Hooked on Houses is another woman I totally admire.

  17. Image for Dale D. Dale D.

    What a perfect project that truly could be used in just about every room. Some times a nudge of inspiration can become a jumping off point to other possibilities. Happy Monday! By the way, there are many blogs out there, but your down home style of writing mixed with your delightful humor, along with innovative ideas for crafts and home decor, equals happy readers ;^) .

  18. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Your new space looks wonderful and it may have taken a while but it came out just right :-) Now, there are many deer lovers out there and in case your missing not having a BIG deer head let me volunteer one or two from the herd that wanders our neighborhood. We live in town :-(. You can always make sausage or deer salami from the rest of the *ahem* carcass. I will send the recipes. The heads with antlers look great hanging on top of a fireplace mantle or they make great coat and hat hooks. If you're short on towel hooks they are great for that too. Oh! You don't have to paint them or anything but lights at Christmas time are a nice touch. Have a wonderful day. I love your hall entrance!!

  19. Image for kathy kathy

    I liked both versions. I always read everyone's comments so I had to look back to see "naked ladies". I never knew there was a flower by that name. AND, I am I ever glad there is! My favorite thing is the milk glass inside the wire baskets. I love how you think outside the basket/box!

  20. Image for Carol Lander Carol Lander

    Definitely an improvement. Bambi was not the best item for that wall. Normally, I would say yes, go with blue on the wood, but the dark stain really stands out and pops on the wall. Love the milk glass inside the baskets; layering is always good. Don't lose your keys!

  21. Image for Rebecca Rebecca

    Your blog showing your talent is one of the best. I wander how these KNOW-IT-ALL people decorate their homes?? You have a beautiful home so do not pay any attention to tackless people that have nothing better to do than criticise other people's talent. I hope they read this. Keep up the wonderful work and the very pleasant attitude!

  22. Image for Carole Carole

    You are so darn cute and funny! Love everything you do and I also wear bright red lipstick. Could you do a blog post or periscope on how you lost weight? I am struggling every day!

  23. Image for kipper kipper

    If we weren't over a thousand miles away from one another, I would predict many days of having sweet tea with you at your house and coming up with décor ideas for each others' homes. The wall thingy looks great!

  24. Image for Tom Tom

    WOW.... Thank you for telling us about your finishing trial and error process. Too many times those details get conveniently skipped, resulting in frustrated DIYers whose projects don't go perfectly the first time. A key concept in art and finishing is that sometimes your best results come from rescuing a process that didn't work as anticipated.

  25. Image for Heather C Heather C

    Karianne, the font at the beginning of your post "organizer" what is it. And one other thing, I just don't think I could tell you anything was this way or that way, if you like it, then it is right.

  26. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Oh much, much better! Now it looks balanced. And I like the contrast of dark wood with the silver baskets - good call on that one. :-) It would be great fun to talk about and do projects together. Wish we could all just be down the road from each other! Hugs, Cecilia

  27. Image for Suzanne Suzanne

    I'm curious to know who cuts all that grass with the riding mower?! You -- or hubby? :) I can totally see you on the mower, KariAnne.

  28. Image for gina gina

    And this is why I don't blog...I can't put my vulnerable self out there, but you handle it with grace! I don't know what we would do without the routine of hanging our keys by the door. The organization is great. Love the metal/wood combo!

  29. Image for Tara @ Lehman lane Tara @ Lehman lane

    karianne, I love the new farmhouse organizer you made! I like this look much better. Very pretty and organized! Love the addition of the milk glass to hold keys and pencils. You totally inspired me to get my entryway more organized before my 4 kiddos head back to school. Thanks so much for sharing this at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. You blog is one of my absolute favorites and I honored that you would share one of your beautiful projects on mine:). Anytime you want to come over and tell me what I doing wrong and be part of my village you are welcome! I hope you have a fun week planned. Take care, tara

  30. Image for Becky Becky

    It looks great. I had to chuckle at the naked ladies lilies though. I've always heard them called resurrection lilies. Whatever you call them they look great.

  31. Image for Cat @ Pocketful of Posies Cat @ Pocketful of Posies

    KariAnne, I love the addition of your new industrial organizer! We need something like this by our front door, or maybe in the kitchen to wrangle up all that mail and whatnot. Thank you so much for sharing on Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I am pinning and sharing on my FB feed. I hope we'll see you there again next week! Cat

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