Nautical Whale Organizer

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by Ginny Lowe, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Nautical Whale Organizer

Give your space a splash of distressed creativity! DIY a whale organizer using coastal-themed wood shapes, decorative drawer knobs and paint in your favorite beach colors! Add a whitewash finish to complete the weathered look.

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Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:few hours + dry time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Remove the pegs from each hole along the bottom of the whale. Divide the whale into sections and mark each section with a pencil.
  • 2
    Mark off one section with painter’s tape. Paint the marked off section with one of the darker colors listed under supplies , let dry, and then remove the tape. Repeat for each section and then let the whale dry overnight.
  • 3
    Mix one part Cottage White chalk paint with three parts water on a paper plate. Use the fan brush to apply the whitewash one section at a time. Wipe each section with a clean, lint free cloth as you go. Repeat for each section and the edges, wiping off any excess as you go, and let dry.
  • 4
    Apply a thin coat of wax using the # 15 flat filbert brush and let dry. Sand off the rough edges, wipe away the dust, and then apply a second coat of wax. Allow the second coat to dry completely.
  • 5
    Use a screwdriver and hammer to punch through the peg holes along the bottom of the whale. Cut or saw off the ends of the ceramic knobs if needed and insert them into the peg holes. Secure with hex nuts. Tip: Cover the hex nuts with adhesive felt to protect your walls.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:few hours + dry time

Project Supplies

  • •Nicole's Basic Craft Corner™ 28" Wood Whale with Pegs
  • •Plaid FolkArt Home Décor Clear Wax & Chalk Paint in Cottage White, Nantucket Blue, Glacier Blue & Parisian Grey
  • •Four Coordinating Decorative Drawer Knobs/Pulls
  • •3M Painter's Tape
  • •Princeton Artist Brush Co. Select Synthetic #4 Fan & #15 Flat Filbert Brushes
  • •Piece of Adhesive Felt, Pencil, Paper Plates, Screwdriver, Hammer, Hex Nuts, Ruler & Clean Cloth