When I get inspired, I am truly inspired!  I cannot get out of my head the project, I am working on, until it is finished. After seeing so many inspiring command centers, I had a list of things I wanted, although I wasn’t sure to the last minute, how it all will come together.
I do not like to spend a lot of money  (OK, let's be honest - I’m frugal or some simply call it cheap),  so first, I have decided to look through my house, if I can find anything I can use. Search ended with a great luck - at the bottom of my daughter’s closet, I found an old cork board. I knew, that my handy hubby can fix it up for me. He build a nice frame around it and to cover old pin holes we dressed it up in a fabric. As an extra touch, I have decided to stencil a world map on it. This little project turned out better than I ever imagined. Click here to see  “how to change an ugly cork board into a masterpiece”
New looking and simply gorgeous. 


The second piece of the puzzle was a “letter compartment”, which I got for a great price at “Marshalls“. I don’t know about you, but we have a huge pile of mail on top of our kitchen counter top all the time. I thought, that this item will be a perfect solution for sorting this problem out. It was a really good deal unfortunately in wrong colour. Simple solution - a nice coat of white paint.
White coat of paint makes everything look fresh.

From day one of this project, I knew that white clipboards with big capacity silver clips are a must. I was surprised, how hard it was to find them. Most of the available clipboards are clear or in that wood color, which I would not work with my design. Finally, I found  these white plastic clipboardsBest of all: they come with FREE PRINTABLE ORGANIZERS. One of them was this great calendar and meal planner that I have decided to use.

For some reason there is always an issue with writing tools in my house. It seems like they are disappearing. I am hoping, that giving them a special "home" – will help to keep them safe.
As I mentioned in previous post, “mason jars” were my favorite pencils holders, so I have started to look for one. This time “A Dollar Store” was my savior.  I found great jars with tiny chalk board stickers - it was love at first sight. We added a piece of wood, metal ring, some paint leftovers from previous projects and ta-da – the perfect pencil holder was born. 

Photo frame also was found at a dollar store – to stay with “all white” plan, we have added a coat of paint. After paint was all dry, I have used some sand paper to give it a rusty look.
Then, I have found those “@” and “#” signs at “Marshalls” on sale for $3 each. I could not resist. I thought they would add some great vibe to the whole design.

Key holder – was my second to last piece. First, I have purchased a simple double hook to place it on a white wood panel – but it was simply too boring. Then, I came across an idea of using kitchen utensils as hangers and I loved it. Now, my utensils set is short of 2 teaspoons and 1 desert fork – but it is well worth it. Do not you think so?

Last but not least was chalk board for little Maya. We are spending so much time in the kitchen every day, so I have decided, that it would be great to use up the lower part of my command center’s wall to keep her busy. At least for a little while.
We had an old unused Ikea easel board somewhere in the house, so we decided to bring new life to it. This time, it was more than a little makeover. We (saying "we" I mean he – my husband) made two boards out of it. The chalk board part of the set was used for Maya. We have added white metal piece and framed it all together - so we can have surface for her magnetic alphabet.
The other part of Ikea easel – white board - will be used for my future project. Now, I am so in love with command centers, that I have decided to make one for my preteen daughter`s room, so she can learn how to plan and organize herself.

Now that all pieces were bought, made and ready to be placed on the wall, it was time to figure out the order to hang them.
You can see my finished command center and learn a great tip on how to hang multiple pieces on the wall in my next post: Time for a big ta da!!! My Family Command Center is finally finished.

 


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