Family Command Center

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I can not believe I finally got this Family Command Center done! It’s been on my To-Do list for OVER a year now.  Sad isn’t it?  Oh well, its finally all put together and I wanted to tell you about it as well as show you what it looks like.  My definition of a Family Command Center  is a centralized location of what is going on with everyone in our family.  Its a place everyone knows to check daily to make sure of what they may have going on (exp. dentist appointment, practice, project due, family members birthday, etc…) as well as if mom or dad will be out that day.  Its a place where important papers are placed, mainly papers from school that need to be read or signed.  They know those signed papers will be waiting in their bin the next morning ready to grab and go.  I use this place to post all of the important and maybe even not so important information on the calendar.  This is so helpful,  especially to me for a morning glance as I am guzzling sipping my coffee.


My Command Center is composed of a baby bed mattress spring to hang reminders on from school or reminders from me to me.  Children’s artwork, photographs,  scriptures, and inspirational prints can be found here too.  The chalkboard currently has a saying as well as this month’s calendar with important dates noted. Also included here are two galvanized magazine bins that I just love. One is labeled for each child and this is where all items they need me to see or sign from school goes to each day. A metal letter tray on this table is a place for  important things that I need to address.

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You honestly can make your Family Command Center custom fit just for your needs.  I have only had ours together for this month and am noticing a few resourceful things I may add to it.  But I must say it is quiet a lifesaver timesaver especially in the early morning rush getting the kids off to school.  We stop by it and glance over it then head to the car.


The chalkboard is my favorite part.  First of all, I had the BEST time doing my very first Chalkboard Art Project.  I searched the web over and would you believe I could not find what I was looking for?  So, I just went for it.  I knew I wanted the main purpose of the board to be a family calendar, but I didn’t want the entire thing to be a calendar.  So I thought and thought about what to write on the top and decided to go with “This is the day that The Lord has made”. It just really seemed to go with looking at each day on the calendar.  It will work for now, but I cant wait to start thinking of what will appear on there next.

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The items featured in my Command Center came from a couple of different places.  The table that I absolutely love, was previously used for a display area in a local gift shop.  It was in pretty rough shape when I approached the store owner and asked if she would be interested in selling it.  She said sure and I got it for a steal.  One DIY project (Tutorial coming soon) later and there she is.  I just can’t get enough of turquoise and red! (By the way red happens to be my favorite color so plan on seeing more.) The hanging baby bed spring as well as the large chalkboard were both purchased on Antiques Farmhouse.  Oh My Goodness! If you have never shopped there then I say RUN check it out! I cant get enough of that place.  The  wire letter tray is from World Market and the two magazine bins for the boys and the cute white owl are from my go to place, TJ MAXX.  My awesome Humble sign was purchased from Lucketts.  A GREAT place to find vintage hip home décor items.   So there ya have it. I truly hope you give a Command Center a try.  It really has been a fantastic addition to our home.

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14 Responses to Family Command Center

  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. September 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    What a fun and pretty way to stay organized! The baby bed spring is fabulous! And I just love chalkboards!

    • G@patina September 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      Thank you Sharon! It really is fun and functional! The chalkboard was super fun! I am trying to decide now what to change it to for September. I had so much fun jumping into designing August.

  2. Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life September 4, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Love it! I am a firm believer that the time spent getting organized pays off in the end! I think your chalkboard is my favorite part. I’m visiting from the 36th Avenue link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

    • G@patina September 4, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Oh, Christy I am the worlds most unorganized woman! This is my first attempt. So far so good and it feels great having everything daily right there!! Now if I can just expand this organization!! Thank you for the sweet comment on my chalkboard. I had so much fun making it. About to erase and get September up today! Will have to share.

  3. Danielle September 6, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Fantastic! I love all the elements of this space. The sign, your chalkboard, the bedspring message board and that lovely table. So glad it is helping you all stay organized. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

    • G@patina September 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

      Danielle, Thank you for your sweet words. Hoping I can keep the organization going and spread throughout the house. Thanks for hosting such a great party!! Its hard being a newbie!

  4. Lauren@SimplyLKJ September 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Came over from Kristin’s. What a fabulous command center. And, the chalkboard is amazing. Love the verse!!

    • G@patina September 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Lauren, Thank you so much!! So glad you came to look. Please come back again!

  5. Gretchen@BoxyColonial September 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    It looks great! A command center has been on my to do list for an embarrassing length of time, too (I’ve even bought some of those same metal containers from TJ Maxx for mine, but I haven’t gotten any farther than that). Coming over from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia (I’m another Gretchen who also has 4 boys, btw–how’s that for a coincidence?!)

    • G@patina September 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      Oh my goodness, how funny is that! I cant believe you have the same containers. Girl, get that center going. I cant believe I waited this long. I love having it!! Thank you for coming to look, and please come back!!

  6. Amy September 11, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Gorgeous! Love the vintage touches and the chalkboard art! Great job making this space functional and pretty.

    • G@patina September 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

      Amy, Thank you so very much!! Its my favorite spot in the house!!! Cant wait to share September’s chalk scripture!!

  7. Carrie January 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Love your family command center! It has so much personality. I am working on a blog post for this Friday rounding up some command center inspiration and would love to include yours. I would like to include one picture of your project with a link back to your blog if that is ok with you. Thanks!


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