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 hence our new whiteboard command station. 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:
whiteboard command station – home depot run
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:
whiteboard command station – pick your spot
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!
whiteboard command station – trim it out
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.
whiteboard command station – ikea hook set
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.
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. . . . . .
PS: Check back Wednesday for 3 full tutorials on how I created a dry erase marker storage plus a simple cork board how to.