You might (or might not) remember that I created a DIY Family Command Center when my daughter started school a few years ago to help us keep track of all school, extracurricular, and family activities all in one location. I loved the command center when I first built, but I now wanted something with some color in it. So, when I decided to paint the room that I had the command center on the wall, I figured now was the perfect time for an update to our oh-so-helpful family organizer! My updated command center still used some sections of my older command center, buy also added in some new, more colorful features:
DIY Family Command Center Materials & Supplies
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Only the items purchased to update my existing command center are listed here:
| Hexagon Cork Board Tiles
||Weekly Organizer Dry Erase & Cork Board
(the exact calendar you see in the picture of my project was purchased at Hobby Lobby)
|FolkArt Chalk Paint – Nautical
|FolkArt Chalk Paint – Cascade||FolkArt Chalk Paint – White Adirondack
||Double Prong Robe Hook
|Mini Metal Bucket
||Square Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar
||34″ x 16″ cork board (purchased from Hobby Lobby)|
DIY Family Command Center Instructions
1.Paint the cork boards and then attach the hexagon cork boards to the 34″ x 16″ cork board using glue:
- paint 4 of the hexagon cork tiles in varying shades of blue to create an ombre effect. For the darkest tile, I used the Nautical chalk paint. For the remaining three tiles, I mixed the Nautical and white chalk paint to create the varying shades of blue. Let the cork tiles dry completely.
- paint the 34″ x 16″ cork board with white chalk paint
2. Next, tape off the inside of the Weekly Whiteboard Calendar / Cork board frame and paint the frame using a mixture of the Nautical and White chalk paints.
3. Next, cut a 1/4″ thick piece of plywood to 34″ x 16″ in length and stain it dark walnut. Then adhere the monthly calendar whiteboards to the board. (This section of the command center update was part of the original command center, you can find instructions for that here).
4. Build the DIY Mail Sorter Organizer using these instructions (this is also being reused from the previous command center).
5. Create the DIY 3D Metal and Wood Family Sign.
6. Begin hanging the components on the wall.
- Hang the monthly calendars on the wood backing, making sure there is enough space above for the 3D Metal and Wood Family name sign
- Directly below the monthly calendars, hang the weekly calendar/cork board.
- Directly below the weekly calendar/cork board, hang the hexagon cork boards on the white cork backing
- Install two small hooks on the wall, one on each side of the weekly calendar/cork board, and hang a small metal pail from each hook
- Hang the DIY 3D Metal and Wood Metal sign above the monthly calendar boards
- Hang the DIY Mail Sorter to the left of the calendar and cork boards
- Lastly, hang a black robe hook underneath the mail sorter (this can be used to hang backpacks or jackets).
I now have a much brighter version of my command center that brings a pop of color to the room! Heres a before and after:
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