Here is our brand new (and super inexpensive) Kitchen Command Center:
Here is the prime real estate before the overhaul:
Really the only thing on here that we used was the calendar. I clipped party invitations and important reminders to the top and off to the left side, but everything else was just clutter.
I started with a large corkboard that was a freebie (yea!!) and sanded down the frame so that my paint would have a good base to adhere to.
The big decisions were what colors to use and how to use them. I opted for a neutral cream color for the frame and corkboard details and a little bit of bright orange on the corkboard for some contrast (both free paint samples I picked up from the local Westlake Ace Hardware). Then, I just taped off a couple of random lines in each direction.
How do I control the paper? The only thing I bought for this entire project was the 2 clear acrylic file holders at the bottom (see similar here). I labeled a folder for each boy and put one in each holder. All the papers that they bring home from school each day goes into these folders.
Now for a couple of the fun little additions that I DIY'ed to complete this command center:
I had to personalize it and I had a jar of Scrabble pieces just waiting to be used.
Pen holder made from a toilet paper tube covered with wrapping paper.
Bill holder made from the bottom of a cereal box covered in wrapping paper.
I love how this turned out, it makes me smile each time I walk by it! The best part of Pinterest is taking an idea (or multiple ideas) and turning it into something that is perfect for your home and family. Do you have a command center in your home? Is it an entire wall, or one smallish space?
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