Thursday, January 20, 2011

Our Command Center

Over here at the James' house, there seems to always be something going on. In an attempt to keep my sanity, I created this space for our family. Here is what it looked like before...

A long empty hallway, not very inviting and not practical at all...


It is in the entry to our house, ideally I would love a magnificent mudroom complete with shelves and board and batten, however the house we are in does not have that layout. So, I found the dumping ground of our house and organized it.


First I found a bench on craigslist for $10 so that we could put on shoes or a jacket easier and to ground the space.



I found the coat hanger at an estate sale a while ago and just spray painted it silver.

My favorite part is this chalkboard calender. It started as a really big picture from Goodwill and then I just painted chalk paint all over it and it became a wonderful monthly calender! I used permanent marker for the blue lines and the days of the week. It just makes me smile :)


The bulletin board needed to be a place for all of our stuff, so I decided to divide into three columns. There is one for my husband, myself and for the kids. I just wrapped the board in fabric and then hot glued the rick rack down to divide the columns. I found theses super cute tiny chalkboards at Hobby Lobby and hung them above with each persons name on it to add a little fun. This is where I keep invitations, art, or anything else that I need a place for.


The mail station, is probably the most used. I found it at hobbylobby and decided that white would look better, so after some spray paint, it was perfect! We keep all of the incoming mail and important papers we need to keep track of in here. It is right by the front door so it is so easy to just put the mail in when you go out and get it.


I think this space is inviting and warm and a perfect combination of what the rest of our house feels like. It is pretty and practical and with three kids and a husband that is really all I can ask for...

4 comments:

V said...

Wow - what a difference! I love it!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Love that, it's very nice!

dawn said...

This looks great, so many ideas and you made them on your own. Great job, looks warm and inviting.

Nichole said...

I love your bulletin board. I have a bulletin board in my house that is definitely not being used to it's full potential, you've inspired me to make it prettier, and more functional