Glamorously Girly Command Center Reveal

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SONY DSCIt’s Friday!! {happy dance!} It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to share my finished girly command center with you all!! I’ve been frantically trying to get it done the past week. You know when you have a project your working on but it just keeps taking forever, or little things will come up that you have to change over and over? That’s been this command center. But boy, I am beyond excited to have it done so we can start using it! Now, for a beautiful before and after (If you read my Tour Through Blogland, you might remember the “before” picture):

BeforeAfter CollageHow glamorous is the after?! Ahh, gold, how I love thee. But, the before is seriously pathetic, right? I mean, you guys, my humongo calendar was TAPED on the wall. Quite obviously we were in desperate need of SOME sort of organization. And, our mail always looked like this:

Mail beforeI’d have little “neat” piles on the counter or table of mail that we’d need to file or send or something. Well, not anymore! I got to work figuring out what to do on that sad little wall. I’ve been kind of obsessed with chalkboard lately (and gold, obviously!) so I went with the traditional black chalk and painted a few coats of that on the wall. Now, for the organizational part!

I had bought an old window at a yard sale a few years ago, and it was hanging as is in our guestroom. I was putting things away in there one day recently when I happened to look at it. Hello, light bulb! It’d fit perfectly on our wall behind the backdoor, and I knew just what to do with it. Here’s what it looked like before:

Window beforeFirst things first; sanding this bad boy down and cleaning it up. It still had shards of glass around the 2 windowless edges that I had to carefully chisel out. The other 2 pieces of glass were a mess. Aaaaand the sanding. It. took. forever. This window is seriously OLD, and still had plaster or something all over the front of it that was impossible to sand off.

SONY DSCThe wood was splitting terribly. Finally, after at least 2 hours of sanding and my arm ready to fall off, I decided it was time to borrow an electric sander. I’m thinking it also might be time to invest in one! I finally got it all sanded down and ready to paint.

I was going to paint the window frame white, but thought some color would be more fun. And since I will probably be the primary user of this command center, I wanted a girly one! I went with Folk Art Chalk Paint in Vintage Mustard. I kind of love this paint, it’s the third project I’ve used it in recently! I gave it a good sanding once again to distress it after it was all dried.

Now time to add the fun organizational pieces. I’m weird when it comes to my calendars. I like being able to look months ahead and schedule things early. So, I didn’t want a dry erase one. I opted for just a boring paper one that I can plan ahead on. I also knew I would need a menu board. I’ve been telling myself I’ll menu plan for months, and still haven’t. I’m hoping that having a place to write out our meals will help? We shall see! With one of the glass panes, I wanted to turn it into a “list” board for groceries and other things. I glued scrapbook paper to the back of the window to make it look pretty. Lastly, we needed somewhere to sort all that ridiculous mail that piles up, so we came up with little mail sorters. But, wait until you hear how we made them!

Mail Sorter collageAll we used was a shoe box! I cut it in half, and then David measured and cut across the corners. I added some pretty paper, washi tape, and a label. I just hot glued the bottoms and sides inside the window frame. SO easy! And, free. Woot woot, that’s what I’m talking about!

Here’s a close-up of the command center details:

Detail collageDoes anyone else have a list devoted to just Costco? It’s totally necessary.

I glued on little painted chipboard letters for my menu board, and we also used gold hooks for the calendar so I can easily change it out each year.

And, one of my favorite parts; my pen holders. Do you recognize where they are from?

SONY DSCYep, you’re right, they are the letter holders in Scrabble! I bought a bunch and used them in our wedding a few years ago. I happened across them the other day and totally thought they’d be perfect to hold pens and chalk. I spray painted them gold. Of course! And the price? Free again.

SONY DSCI got this cute little sign from Michael’s on clearance for $2.50. I thought it was so perfect for this spot, since I’m a complete procrastinator.

SONY DSCI’m so incredibly happy with how this all turned out. And, David actually likes the gold too! I’m all about functional. Because this is behind our backdoor though, we unfortunately couldn’t put any hooks for baskets or other hanging items. However, I envision as our family grows possibly adding more to the lower portion for the kiddos. And I can totally see Jade sitting on the floor loving all the pictures she can draw with chalk on the wall!

Ok, how about one more look at the before and after? BeforeAfter CollageAh, I’m in love! I actually stop and smile every time I walk by. What makes me the most happy is the price tag. I had almost everything on hand with the exception of the paper, calendar, and sign. Cheap = happy mamma!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, friends!

Do you have a command center in your home? What elements are important to have in yours?

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    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Kendra! I originally bought a cute pen holder in the dollar bin at Target, but I ended up just using the letter holders instead! Have a great day! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Amy!! Ha, the pretty paper and washi tape sure dress it up doesn’t it? 🙂 Being organized feels SO much better! Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Rachel! You should definitely do this, it’s SO nice being organized! And I bet pink will look so great! Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Shelly! I’m all about functional, and this totally fits the bill! You should totally do one, I bet with your talent you could even make your own gorgeous window! 🙂 Happy weekend!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Megan! We totally got lucky with the whole shoebox thing, I didn’t know if it’d work! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much, Meaghan!! Yes, I really need to start menu planning desperately. I think my hubby is tired of having the same meal every other night. 🙂 I just get lazy! Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great weekend 🙂

  1. Lori says:

    Could you go into more detail about how you adhered the mail sorter boxes to the frame? I’m having a tricky time with the cutting and gluing.

    • Amanda says:

      Sure, Lori! Because that window pane had no glass, I cut cardboard to fit inside snuggly behind the frame. I hot glue that in the back so I could attach the shoebox sorters to the front of that cardboard. For the bottom sorter, I just put a little glue on the outisde of both sides of the shoebox, and quickly just placed it in so the glue would stick to the sides of the frame. Since normally mail would fall out the bottom without some glue, I used the bottom part of the window frame to hold the mail since it can’t go anywhere else! I did the same with the top, but instead I put a line of hot glue on the very bottom of the inside shoebox sorter, which would be touching the cardboard. I quickly pressed and held that to the cardboard where I wanted it. The little line of glue will help keep any mail from falling out the bottom. I then did the same and put a little glue on either side of the shoebox and pushed it into the sides of the window frame. I hope that wasn’t MORE confusing, please let me know if you need more help! I’d love to see a picture of your finished product if you’re doing something similar! 🙂 Good luck!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Melanie! Have a chalkboard wall is awesome, I love it! And it’s so great to be organized, you’ll be so glad you made one! 🙂 Hope you have a great rest of the week!

  2. Bobbi says:

    I so need one of these…it’s perfect! Has everything I would use 😉 Pinning it!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight at 8PM CST.

    Have a great week!!
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    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much, Lauren! It is SO functional, I’m adding stuff to my lists and calendar all day long! I love the chalkboard wall too, it’s one of my favorite features! Thanks for visiting, hope you’re having a great week! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks, friend! The gold polka dot paper totally had me too, I knew I needed it. And the sign is totally my new favorite, too! Thanks for visiting today!! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Karisa! I love the color, too! I was just going to do white, but thought some color would be more fun. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to link up again next week! 🙂

  3. Renee says:

    This is fantastic! I so need something like this, I too currently have our calendar taped to the pantry door. Would have to adapt something to go on the door but definitely going to make it girly. The girliness is greatly outnumbered in my house with 2 male dogs and 2 male humans and little ole me.Thanks for the great idea!
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    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much, Renee! Ha, it definitely sounds like you need some major GIRLY in your house!! And, I think a girly command center is totally what you need! 🙂 I so appreciate you taking the time to visit!! 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Amanda says:

      Aw, thank you Natalie!! The wipeable parts are the BEST! It makes it so much easier to change stuff and erase for the next week. 🙂 Thanks for visiting! Happy weekend!

    • Amanda says:

      Aw, thank you Amy! The scrabble holders are my favorite part. I even added a few magnets to the back of some extra ones I had and put them on my fridge to hold more white board pens! Multi purpose. 🙂 Thanks for visiting, friend!

  4. debra says:

    great idea! you know what I love most? the shoebox letter holders! a stroke of pure genius! those things are so flippin’ expensive to buy! I’ve been looking for an idea just like this one for MY backdoor! I have many old windows, and I am all over this project! thanx!

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