The space that I had available was only about 2 foot wide and I knew that I wanted a calendar, place to post invites and notes and a shopping list. I also wanted to keep this budget friendly as honestly some of these command centers I have seen, I started to price out and they are upwards of $200.00! Yeah, I don't think so. I scouted the thrift stores and snagged two picture frames that I knew I could paint. I also hit up my local Michaels and looked through the clearance and dollar sections and got some great finds.
This 12 x 16 picture frame was a $2.00 thrift store find. I spray painted the frame glossy black and then used some arrow wrapping paper I found in the dollar bin at Michaels as the background to my calendar. To make the lines, I used washi tape. A box of expo markers is what I use to write the month and dates and events. I used my silhouette to cut out the days of the week and made them into stickers using a sticker making machine. I spent a total of $10.00 on this little craft project.
Pin Board & Bucket:
Michaels had this adorable swirly cork board square on sale for $7.00 and the metal chalk board hooks were only $1.00 each on the sale. I also snagged a 3 pack of these little red buckets for $1.00. I had some push pins at home. Everything is hung with 3M Command Strips and hooks.
Seems like every family command center has their monogram in it, so it was only natural that I included ours. For $1.00 it was hard to pass up anyway. Also do you even know how difficult it is to find a "F"? Seriously I scoured Michaels and finally snagged this little guy. I also put one of the chalk board hooks to hang our mail key on.
I am very happy with our little family command center. The hubby likes it too and uses it all the time! If you have a small space and want to do something like this, I highly encourage it. Make it work for your family and start scouring those thrift stores and craft stores for items that fit your budget and style.
What do you think? Would you add anything else?