Chalkboard Command Centre
This is going to be the first, of hopefully a few, non-food blog posts. Quite a while ago I found this idea on Pinterest, to make a command centre. Now, I may not have a lot of kids or tons of activities going on, so you may ask, what’s the point? Well, as was touched on in our fridge personalities post, I’m slightly OCD in the organizational realm. You may not have realized that from the post as Kendra is too nice to say it that way, but I know it’s what she was getting at. But another reason to make the command centre is that I expect that one day we will have more kids and tons of activities going on, so I’m just prepping for that… maybe 10 years down the road. No, but really, I’m an organization freak. And by being such a freak, I have a lot of papers that have found their home on my fridge. This looks very messy and I don’t like messy. These papers include an “All Out Of” grocery list pad, the garbage/recycling calendar, freezer inventory, tea inventory (this was Kendra’s idea as we both have a lot of tea!), cleaning schedule (which I have been failing to follow) and a weekly menu. So I decided this command centre was a must and it needed to finally happen. I’m going to give you a little tutorial on how to make your own.
Start by taping the area off that you want to paint with chalkboard paint. I wanted to have a bit of a border around mine and this also helped since the trim around the door would have made it extremely difficult to paint right to the corner.Paint! I used Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint. In the end, I needed 4 coats of it. The first coat looked so thin, I was worried about it ever covering properly, but with each coat it looked better and better. The fourth coat may not have been necessary but I wanted to be on the safe side. According to the directions, I waited at least 4 hours between coats.
After the chalkboard is painted, you need to wait at least 3 days for the paint to cure. It will be dry after 2-4 hours but don’t draw on it yet! After 3 days (I likely waited a week or two because life is crazy) you need to take a piece of chalk and rub the side of it all over the chalkboard. I used about 3 or 4 whole pieces of chalk for my area. This process is so that the first thing that you write on your chalkboard actually comes off completely when you want to erase it.
Now I’ve never read that you need to let it sit, but I let it sit like that for a couple of days to make sure. Then erase it.
Next I took out all the papers I needed/wanted to hang, these really cute clips I found and a magnetic strip (an Ikea magnetic knife rack) and arranged them in a way I thought would look good. I then started playing around with writing on the chalkboard and this helped to figure out exactly where things needed to be hung.
It took another couple of days before finally hanging them. And hubby was the one to actually drill the holes and anchor the magnetic strip, hence he made the picture. He really wanted to be in a picture on the blog but I told him he had to contribute to whatever the blog post was on in order to get in a picture. And contribute he did!
So that’s it! Not that hard. Not hard at all, I should say. It took me some time just because I got sidetracked with other things in life between steps but it’s done now and I’m loving it! And in case you want to print some of the lovely items I have hanging on my command centre for yours, here are the links (they are all free printables from fellow bloggers).
The cleaning schedule is thanks to Of the Hearth. I love this, although I’m not all too good at following it consistently. It has a daily task and then a monthly deep cleaning list.
My freezer inventory comes from My Joy Filled Life. I’ve found this very useful for both my freezer upstairs, which is a side-by-side fridge/freezer (which I can’t stand but it came with the house), and my freezer in the basement, so I don’t have to go downstairs every time I want to see what I have.
The perpetual birthday calendar is a new thing for me. I got it from RICEdesigns. It replaces my regular calendar as all I ever used it for was birthdays. It’s a nice simple design that I won’t get tired of.