Sunday, January 31, 2010

DIY Family Command Center


Here's my latest attempt at getting our busy family more organized:


For as long as we've lived in this house, I've wondered if I should do something with this little sliver of space at the end of the kitchen cabinets:


Our kitchen cupboards are beadboard, and this cabinet end was nicely finished. Yet it seemed that this space could probably be put to some purpose. . . I just never could figure out what that purpose should be. For awhile I thought that I shouldn't do anything to make this space too informal, since it's right beside the door into our dining room. Then it occurred to me that, since this spot is where our dog's food bowl sits, the atmosphere there was already pretty informal.

So I created a planning center. And here it is:




The frames were both thrift store finds. The large one held a painting on hardboard, so at first I made it into a chalkboard, which was cute:
But we needed a corkboard more than we needed a chalkboard, so I cut some foamboard to fit the frame, then glued on a sheet of cork. Now we have a place for our calendars with some room left over to pin up other important papers.


I used the smaller frame to make an attractive white board.  I found a magnetic white board and pen in Target's One Spot.  To make it fit the frame, I had to cut about an inch off the white board, but that was easy to do. The note card and pen holder is magnetic, so I just stuck it onto the whiteboard.  We use the white board only occasionally, but we use that note card holder a lot.  I keep blank 3x5 cards in it, which cost about 50 cents for 100 cards.  No one ever has to search for a piece of paper to leave a note or make a list.


The tin sign I found at Hobby Lobby, on sale for $4.99. This wall is one of the first things you see if you enter the house through the garage or the side door of the front porch, so I like this little blessing. My middle son says it's a little too reminiscent of the inscription at the entrance to hell in Dante's Inferno ("Abandon all hope ye who enter here"), but he's 16, so he's supposed to say things like that.


Maybe having this planning center will make me much more organized than I've ever been before. There's plenty of room on the large weekly calendar. In addition to appointments and due dates and practice times, I could plan and post menus! Or schedule my blog posts! The possibilities are endless.

Okay, maybe for those goals I should abandon all hope. But overall I'm very pleased with my project.

One more look:


I'm happy with it!  What do you think?  Do you have a command center in your home?


26 comments:

Marla at Always Nesting said...

I love what you did in that space. It looks great and really "fits" that location.

Tracy said...

Looks terrific! The perfect location for a planning center and it fits nicely into that space.

duchess said...

Great idea. Looks really good.

Cyndi said...

I love it!! Great idea!! I'm always looking for ways to be more organized.

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

what a great idea! you have inspired me to do something with the end of my kitchen cupboard!
many blessings
patricia

Kammy said...

Love it - cute and also so useful !
Kammy

Rachelle said...

Ooooh Richella! I love it!

It looks so good! :) Woohoo!

Rachelle

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I am the same way with projects. I know that I want to do something in a space, but I wait until the right idea or inspiration comes along. What you did looks great!!

southerninspiration said...

Ooooh, it looks terrific!

Suzanne

2redsmom said...

I love how you have made that wall work! I have the same situation in my kitchen and have always wanted to use the space, but am afraid to hammer a nail in until I am positively sure.
I think I will get my hammer out tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration.

Dawn said...

very clever! i love it!

Carmen said...

Awesome! We need a planning center in our house too.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

what great use of the space!

Playing Sublimely said...

And you know a thing or two about loving a little dude, don't you ;)...always adore your visits Richella!
Love,
Amy

Quasi Serendipita said...

What a great use of the space, it looks really good. Visiting from SITS :)

Carrie said...

I have a corner like that in the kitchen and have it set up marginally well. Seeing this, I need to rethink the space and turn it into a message center!

Stopping by from SITS!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I am impressed that your 16 year old recognized the similarities in the quotes. Heavy reading for a 16 year old! :) HL has the best signs!

LOVE your planning center. Ours is on the side of the fridge, and it sometimes is hidden behind the top half of the Dutch door. Yours looks much more put together. :)

Terri said...

Great job! We have been in this house for 1.5 years and I still haven't found the right spot for a planning center. For now, my calendar is on the fridge... and I don't like having stuff on my fridge. But I also need to have things out where I see them. Your spot looks great... useful and attractive! Blessings!

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

That looks amazing! I love how you did this. I would love to have a space like this; my mom needs one, too! She can never remember anything. ;)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I'm impressed your son know's about Dante's Inferno! :-) That is hilarious that he made that comparison...love his sense of humor! Love your communication center...sooooo organized and I do love organization...even if I'm not! :-)

Gena said...

I think it looks great!

Denise said...

What a great idea to you the space like that, and it looks so nice. I love the sign too. It all looks wonderful together. I need to get my thinking hat on and get abit more creative around here ;)

queenbee said...

Looks great and what a wonderful way to use space.

Jessica said...

I love this idea and think I saw it in the magazine, also. That looks great!!! We are thinking about doing the same...somewhere. Stopping by from SITS :)

gina said...

great use for this space! I loved the chalkboard but the corkboard works too. :)

New Every Morning said...

Perfect fit!
I love a "command center."

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