I asked the Original Wayward (aka DAD) for some tips on how to drill holes in the sheet metal. He said:
- You can use a regular drill bit as long as the hole is fairly small (I did 1/4") and the metal is not too heavyweight
- Make sure the metal is secure!
- Lubricate with some light oil
- Back up the metal with a piece of scrap wood backstop
- Use a punch before drilling to keep the bit from wandering
- Wear eye and ear protection
- Remember the bit and the metal will be hot
- The burr (edge of the metal) will be sharp. You may want to deburr (file the edge with a metal file).
|Drilling holes with a scrap wood backstop|
I brought the metal inside and held it against the wall to mark where the holes would be. I might recommend doing the top holes first and hanging the metal before doing the other holes--the bottom holes ended up not lining up at all (no big deal; I just didn't screw them in).
I'd also recommend using more than four holes in each side--that only left two screws in the middle to secure it, and the sheet metal has sagged in a few places. (Double sided foam tape is a big help though!)
I used regular 1/4" screws, washers and nuts.
The magnetic organization is probably my favorite part:
I have a magnetic, dry erase metal wall file (held up by 8 neodymium magnets) for incoming mail. On the front I've listed important phone numbers. Some locker organizers hold pens and dry erase markers, as well as Post-it notes, Sharpies, and stamps. I already had a magnetic note holder (gift) and magnetic calendar (free in the mail).
The rest of the area is for school papers/to dos/action items, held by photo clips of each of us, and the kids' chore charts. If I can find somewhere else to put my garbage, I'll leave the bottom few feet for the kids to play with magnets (they love it!).
- sheet metal (from local heating & A/C company): $20
- magnetic & dry erase mail holder (Target, clearance): $6.38
- magnets (Walmart): $6
- hardware (Walmart): $2
- dry erase markers & magnetic eraser (Target): $7.50
- pencil cup/organizer (Target): $2
- basket for markers (Target): $2
- magnetic clips (Dollar Tree): $1
- magnetic photo holder clips (Dollar Tree; two sets of two): $2
- magnetic picture frame (Dollar Tree): $1
I also organized a few other areas for back to school. Tired of searching for shoes all the time (and not being able to find a single pair of Rebecca's shoes for over a month), I instituted something my mom has used forever: a shoe shelf.
I got a $14 stackable shoe shelf at Target and decorated it with a silver Sharpie. The kids love it! And more importantly--they use it!
I also typed up before and after school routines, chore lists, and before bed/in the morning routines. I illustrated them and laminated them, then hung them up. The chore lists are on the command center (awaiting only some smiley face magnets to check off the completed chores) and the routines hang on Command hooks in the kids' room and in the front closet (along with hooks for backpacks).