This rustic farmhouse kitchen command center is an easy, inexpensive solution to taming homework clutter. I used things I already had on hand, along with some fresh paint and an end of cabinet which was otherwise going unused.
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Hey guys! It feels like it has been forever since I posted a project. I’ve let summer fun win out over doing (and blogging about) projects. But school starts back next week and I had promised myself I would get organized before all of the chaos hits. I’ve been dreaming of the perfect kitchen command center to fit all our needs without having to spend any money.
My old organization system…
When we remodeled our old house, we knocked down walls to open up some of the rooms. It sounded like a great idea at the time, which it was, but it also meant we didn’t have as many walls to place furniture against. Something which I hadn’t put too much thought into when we were knocking those walls down!
So I decided every piece of furniture would need to serve a dual purpose. It would not only need to fit the space, but it would also need to store toys, games, crafts, and school supplies.
An old pie safe held games and puzzles, while a rustic cabinet held school and craft supplies for the boys. I found that having everything neat and organized in a single location saved time on homework. And it also helped keep clutter to a minimum.
Since our current house has bigger rooms with high ceilings, the old pie safe and rustic cabinet looked like doll furniture and didn’t fit the space at all. I finally opted to sell them to a friend even though I would have preferred keeping them. Since then we’ll just say my organization has been sadly lacking and sometimes I can’t find what the boys are needing… which drives me insane.
I decided to fix that problem by turning the end of the kitchen cabinets into our kitchen command center. It has proudly held our family calendar…
The faux wood grain has been peeling off in a couple of places since we moved in…
And there was some discoloration in other places…
The new kitchen command organization center…
I decided to paint this cabinet end the same color as the kitchen walls hoping it would look like it had always been just another wall instead of part of the cabinetry.
I peeled off the loose edges on the damaged areas and then sanded those areas until they were smooth. I also lightly sanded the rest of the wall so that the paint would stick to it. Then I used a tack cloth to remove the sanding dust.
I was surprised at the visual impact of the new paint. When I enter the kitchen from the living room, this little area is so much brighter and cleaner looking now. Sometimes painting can be a little scary, but I’m glad I took a chance and painted it.
Our little calendar had always looked so lonely and well, so very little, when it was hanging on the wall by itself. I wanted a frame to outline our calendar to give it more visual interest. I had one stored away in the closet so I went and dug it out. You may remember seeing it in my Beverage Station pictures. It was a framed thrift store picture I had converted into a chalkboard only to find out that I’m really not the chalkboard type. Nor am I the bulletin board type because all of the visual clutter kills me.
The chalkboard was actually a perfect fit for my calendar and for the narrow wall where it would be hung. Stew changed the chalkboard to hang vertically. I gave it a fresh coat of white chalk paint using Poppie’s Paint Powder and acrylic white craft paint.
Next, I stenciled a cute design on the top of the chalkboard using a chalkboard pen. Because again, I’m not the chalkboard type and would never use it to write messages on, but I did want it to look cute and slightly rustic.
We then hung our file folder organizer beneath it. It’s from Ballard Designs and it’s currently on sale.
We have a pocket for things Stew and I are working on, a pocket for each boy, and one for things that need to be signed and/or returned later. This organizer will also hold extra notebook paper, construction paper, and blank computer paper for doodling or whatnot.
An old tool box got a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Denim and Poppie’s Paint Powder. It will hold resource material such as grammar reference guides, a dictionary, a thesaurus, sketch books, etc.
And here it is all put together.
What about pencils and erasers, crayons and markers, and glue sticks?
This old drawer has a handle on each end which makes it easy to pick up and carry to the kitchen table if needed. I used various sizes of mason (Ball canning) jars to keep everything organized. The boys can carry just a jar of markers to the table instead of the entire drawer if that’s all they need at the time.
A 24 pack of crayons will fit into one small mason jar by the way.
Slightly larger, wide mouth canning jars hold markers and colored pencils.
And this sits on our little heater in the kitchen right across from the command center…
One final look…
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