White Board Command Station

The hubs and I are always trying to coordinate our schedules with our 4 kids’ events.  After missing appointments or not knowing where the other spouse was, we decided to get more organized.  Hubs really wanted a white board, “like a huge one, babe, at least 4 feet wide and like, 6 feet tall!” and I fought it, knowing it’d look tacky.  

Here’s what I made instead:

 

While grabbing supplies at trusty Home Depot for this project, Kris and I spied large white boards on clearance, just $5.50 for a 48″ x 52″ board.  We were buying wood anyway so we grabbed 2 additional 8′ pieces of molding priced at $3/ea and I knew the hubs would be excited to help me assemble our “Command Station”.

That night I went to our son’s preschool orientation and was happily surprised to see the hubs had assembled the first step of the white board:



This spot in my house is just off the kitchen, the entry to the dining room.  Perfect spot for our “command station”.  While hubs was at work the next day, I hit nap time hard and finished up the project.  I wanted to surprise him in return.

Here’s what I did…and I’m proud to say I [mostly] did it without my hubby’s help…he only trimmed out the white board, the rest was all me.  [And can I just say I'm now in love with his brad nailer??-I was looking for new things I could nail together cuz it's ridiculously fun to use!!]  What was I saying?  Oh yeah…

Okay I liked the hub’s simple frame idea okay, but it was just that…okay.  It needed a chunkier look, to really fill up that wall.  I knew I had a smidge of leftover trim from my board & batten treatment and luck provided the random 6″ x 5′ scrap wood in my garage.  Score!


I started out by brad nailing the trim to the piece of wood.  Next step was painting the frame, wood/trim a blue gray color I had leftover from my front door [note to self, post the front door re-do!] then I glazed it all.  I brad nailed the white board frame directly to the wall, did the same to the self-made molding underneath.


I had the hook set from Ikea…although their furniture is cheap, they have the best organizational items and linens, I’ll give them that!  Anyway, I was at Ikea a few weeks ago just for fun and grabbed 2 hook sets, one for swim suits for the kid’s bathroom & the other just in case since it’s a great price [$9.99 for 5 hooks!].  After I brad nailed the molding into the wall, I screwed in 5 more screws for extra strength for the future backpacks then covered the marks with the actual hooks.  Camo duribility=awesome.


I had that swirly accent thing for years now, I just knew it would come in handy some day so I simply hung it with screws to top it all off.  Love the finished product.

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style=”text-align: center;”>Cost for entire project: $5.50 for the white board + $7 for white board molding.  Smokin price for everything the Command Station organization will do for our family of 6.
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PS: Check back Wednesday for 3 full tutorials on how I created a dry erase marker storage plus a simple cork board how to.

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    Lil' Luna

    Love. love. love. So flippin' cool!!

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    Katy

    I absolutely love this! A lot of the time I feel like we need a command station for our home, and we don't even have kids yet! Oh, life is crazy. But really though, adding the molding and hooks is so smart! I love the paint color too. Can't wait to see your door redo!

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    Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}

    I love how you glammed up this white board! Great project!! :)

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    Sassy Sites!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! If you come to my house sometime, you MIGHT just see the EXACT same thing in my office! haha! I'm such a copy-cat! XOXO!!!

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    kristen

    This is AWESOME!! We use a white board too, but mine is on the fridge and plain. I tried sprucing it up with vinyl words like "To Do" and Important Dates" but it looks tacky. I just haven't had a good idea on how to make it decorative. Now I do! Thanks. :)

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    Shana

    Ok, I love this…my hubby would probably change it too many times as far as erasing…haha we use outlook…haha BUT I might do this instead of a chalk board…hmmmm LOVE
    Shana
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    rebecca

    oh my heck! this is so cute, I want one!! :)

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    Jessica Nicely

    I LOVE this idea!!!!! :) Soooo super pretty and functional!!! :)

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    Kristi

    holy smokes kell! i leave town for 1 day and viola! ;) turned out soooo nice! good job, partner! XO

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    Sarah

    That is perfectly pretty!! And look how awesome you are for doing most if it :)

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    bailey michael

    this is awesome. i need you to make me one!!

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    Sam @ The Junk House

    It’s so pretty! I’m glad you didn’t go with the hub’s huge white board idea…

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    The {Prince} Family

    that turned out EXCELLENT!!!!! and i love the little marker storage on the side and the darling cork board frame. GREAT job sis!

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    Veronica

    That has to be the prettiest white board I have ever seen! I'm inspired! Thank you!

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    Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com

    I LOVE this!! I am featuring it on my site today! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    Laura

    just love it! I have an ugly white board that must now come down!!!

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    Natalie

    *DROOOOOOOOOOL* Oh my gosh, I have GOT to get my hands on one of those accent thingies! I never would have guessed you put that all together! *INTERNET HIGH FIVE*

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    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyhow, just wanted to say wonderful blog!
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