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Kitchen Command Center

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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.
The faux wood grain on the end our kitchen cabinets was peeling in a couple of places and had always bothered me. I peeled off the loose edges, and sanded it until smooth. Since the finish was slightly slick I sanded the entire end of the cabinet to help the paint stick to it. I then wiped it down with a tack cloth and painted the cabinet end the same color as our walls. It's Creme Brûlée from Home Depot.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how much lighter, brighter, and cleaner this nook looked after being painted. It can be scary to paint something like this without knowing how it will turn out, but I'm glad I took the risk.
Our family calendar was really too small for the area and looked kind of lost being tacked up there all by itself. I had an old DIY chalkboard from a previous project and I thought it would be perfect to frame out the calendar. I used Poppie's Paint Powder with white acrylic craft paint to make homemade chalk paint and then painted the frame with it. I had come to realize that I'm really not the chalkboard type and would never write messages on it so I stenciled a fun design to the top of the board using a chalkboard pen.
We hung a wall pocket folder organizer underneath the chalkboard. Each child has a pocket with multiple folders to hold homework and projects. I also have a pocket designated for papers that need to be signed and returned. Extra notebook and construction paper is also stored away in one of the folders.
A vintage rustic toolbox was given a fresh coat of paint using Poppie's Paint Powder and Sherwin Williams sample latex paint. The toolbox caddy holds a dictionary, thesaurus, sketch pad, and grammar reference sheets. It sits at the bottom of the wall pocket organizer.

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    • If you go to my blog you can see a picture of where it sits. Directly across from that wall is a cute little electric heater and the drawer sits on top of it. It's all in our eat in kitchen where the kids generally do their homework. At our old house I used a small vintage metal tool box with just the basics in it--pencils, glue sticks, and scissors that could be easily carried to the table or wherever they were working. At that house, the mason jars, dictionaries, extra paper lived in a vintage cabinet that was a central location for the kids' school and craft supplies. Btw, I believe every piece of furniture has to have a purpose besides just being decorative. It helps when space is an issue. :-)
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    • You can purchase these at Staples. Also, they have one that looks kinda like wire that would add some more style, and the plastic ones come in colors too.
    • I bought mine from Ballard Designs several years ago. They're on sale right now (along with different designs), but I'm sure you can find cheaper ones at Staples. I would personally look at Marshalls first. They usually carry higher quality stuff at lower prices.
    • Thank you fellow hometalker.
    • Sometimes I wish I lived in the U.S.. You have such a big range of products in your stores and a lot more stores! We have nothing compared to there, will have to look online.
      Brooke Brooke  Australia · answered on Aug 6, 2016 ·
    • Hobby Lobby also has some of these that are very decortive in the area where the shelves and basket are kept. Watch for their 50% off sale on these items or download a 40% off one item coupon from their site.
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  • Sissykaiss
    Sissykaiss Canada
    on Aug 5, 2016

    This is fantastic!!! Totally love everything about it. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • At Home With The Ellingtons
      At Home With The Ellingtons Knoxville, TN
      on Aug 5, 2016

      You're welcome! I'm not excited for school to start back, but I will be excited to try out our new command center to see if it helps keep us organized :-)

  • Betty Fromal
    Betty Fromal Hampton, VA
    on Aug 5, 2016

    You have turned an otherwise plain side of a cabinet into an awesome organized family go to planning station. Great idea, just painting it changed the entire look. I love it, thank you for sharing.

    • At Home With The Ellingtons
      At Home With The Ellingtons Knoxville, TN
      on Aug 5, 2016

      You're totally right Patty. This cabinet end wasn't very slick so I knew a little bit of sanding (like wiping down a countertop) would do the trick. I've painted furniture with very slick ends that needed primer first.

  • Amy
    Amy Jacksonville, FL
    on Aug 5, 2016

    Love this and I'm so going to try making it happen on my side cabinet. Thank you for sharing!

    • At Home With The Ellingtons
      At Home With The Ellingtons Knoxville, TN
      on Aug 5, 2016

      Thank you! There are so many different things you can do with this space to fit your own needs. Hope you have fun with it.

  • Helen Hargrave
    Helen Hargrave
    on Aug 5, 2016

    I did the pocket folders for year with 5 kids in school . each ad their own in and out . I hung a coat rack under them for jackets and back packs. We also gave them a free pass for each semester to call home for forgotten things. once used you could call home unless you were sick.

    • At Home With The Ellingtons
      At Home With The Ellingtons Knoxville, TN
      on Aug 5, 2016

      Excellent idea! And it gets the kids into forming some good habits, too! I'm the "no rescue" type of parent myself so I can understand your system. :-)

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Aug 5, 2016

    really great idea, i need something like this

  • Rachelmary
    Rachelmary Warwick, RI
    on Aug 5, 2016

    You inspire many. Great idea, really nice job.

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Aug 7, 2016

    Such a useful idea!

  • Marilyn Zaruba
    Marilyn Zaruba Frisco, TX
    on Aug 7, 2016

    Check ebay. I have the perfect spot for this. Thanks for the idea.

  • Marilyn
    Marilyn Falkville, AL
    on Aug 9, 2016

    Great idea! I really like the way you set it up.

  • Tammy
    Tammy Walters, OK
    on Aug 21, 2016

    Great idea!!

  • Chris
    Chris Aurora, IL
    on Sep 2, 2016

    That looks awesome! You did a great job with the painting and organizing! Thanks for showing this!!

  • Claudia Willett
    Claudia Willett Arlington, VA
    on Jul 29, 2017

    Great use of space. And pretty.

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