Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mom Cave Command Center

Well since I showed you the desk yesterday, I figured I better just follow up today with the desk's new BFF, the command center. :-)
You got a little sneak peek yesterday, but just in case you missed it ....
.... And it all started with this:
An old screen.
A BIG old screen.

Add to that a big piece of foam/cork board and a piece of hardboard (very thin, pressed board) purchased and cut to size at my local Home Depot ..... and I was good to go!

I started with the hardboard --- which became my magnetic calendar:
1. I purchased Rust-oleum's chalk board paint and magnetic primer.
2.  Using a sponge roller, I applied 3 coats of magnetic primer, and two coats of chalk board paint.
(I have to admit, I was very skeptical of the magnetic primer .... I have tried the spray-can version in the past and have not been impressed.  But much to my surprise, it works GREAT!)
3. I used a tape measure and pencil to measure and mark out my calendar grid.
4. Then, I drew over my pencil lines with my trusty chalk ink marker (LOVE THOSE THINGS!), and pressed the calendar board right into the screen's frame (the screen actually holds it in place and keeps it form falling out the back!)

The next step was the bulletin board:
1.  I took my large foam board/cork board combination piece, laid it upside down on a CUTE piece of fabric (which just so happens to coordinate with my desk top PERFECTLY), and cut the fabric the same shape as the board - but with an extra 1-2 inches of excess.
2.  I hot glued the excess fabric around the edges of the back of the foam board, pulling it tight as I went along.
3.  I pressed the finished, fabric-covered cork board into the screen frame, next to the calendar.  Because I had measured and cut everything exactly to size, the fit was nice and snug, which was ideal -- if there had been gaps, the pieces would have flopped around or fallen out.
4. To ensure that the pieces would not fall out the front of the frame (even though they were VERY snug), I had handy husband cut an extra piece of hardboard in a strip the depth of the frame, which I hot glued into place.  (I also like that it helped to frame and give a more finished look to both sides of the piece.)

Finally, to finish off the calendar, I needed NUMBERS!
Since it IS a chalkboard, I knew I could simply write the numbers on the calendar, but then I would have to erase and re-write the numbers every month (not that this would be a big deal, but why do that when I can have even more FUN?).
My solution?
More of my beloved homemade magnets.
(The number version, that is.)
1.  Just as I've shown you before, start by spray painting wood discs from the craft store.  I used the lovely Catalina Mist from Krylon.  (Yep!  The same color as my desk top!)
2.  Next, I used sandpaper and walnut Distress Ink to give the discs an worn, aged look.
3.  For the numbers, I just used number stickers from the craft store!
4.  And finally, apply small magnets to the back with E-6000.

I put 'em all together, and this is what I got:
Bulletin board side....
 Chalk/Magnetic board side ....
I chose to use mini post-its to add my appointments and important dates to the calendar.  (I des-PISE writing with chalk .... and though I think the chalk ink markers are BRILLIANT, to erase the chalk ink, you have to use a wet cloth, and that's not something I want to do every time I need to add/delete things on my calendar.  A stack of mini post-its was the perfect solution.

I love every inch of this thing!  It's functional, it'll help me stay organized (in theory), and it's SO. CUTE.  And the fact that it all takes place in an old screen just makes me giddy.
I looooove making old things useful again!  And all of those pieces add so much character to my house! :-)
Linking up here (among other places!):


  1. It looks wonderful, love those magnets!

  2. I love your command center for so many reasons. I have just the spot for one. I am not keeping up with everything I need to remember. Plus, it's just so cute.

  3. Talk about brilliant!! It's gorgeous!! Another idea I'm filing away... =)

  4. LOVE IT! You need to go into business with all your craftiness. Could you make me a mom cave, too?

  5. This is wonderful! The desk, the message board and the magnets all look great. I need a spot like this in my house!

  6. I have been dreaming up a command center for a long time now!! This is PERFECT!! WOW Bec, you outdid 'em all on this one!! :)

  7. I love every inch of that thing too!! So creative! I agree with Meg...will you come over and make me a mom cave too?! :)

  8. I am in love with this, great way to keep track of everything. Thank You for sharing

  9. I love this! You are very crafty!!!

  10. Wow, what a great piece.

    I have a larger screen I planned on donating but I might have to rethink that and make it into a giant memo board.

  11. What an awesome command center. Every mom needs one of these.

    I would love for you to link up and share this post on my new meme all about solutions and resources for mommy's!

  12. You are very talented and creative to think to make a cool message board from a screen. I love it!

  13. This turned out amazing! It is a perfect compliment to you desk. I love those magnets too!

  14. Love the desk. I love the colors. The command center is just awesome.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. I will definitely stop by and link up with you this week. Thanks for the invite.
    Blessings! Sarah from

  15. This looks fabulous! I have been wondering how that magnetic paint would work. I love all of your color choices and the desk is awesome!
    Jenn :)

  16. I love this idea and it would work perfectly over my desk in our kitchen. Fabulous job. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  17. Love, love, love your inspiration... always! Question: Do you have to use the magnetic primer? Would it still work with just the magnetic paint? I'm going to attempt something similar but want to cut back on cost as much as possible?

  18. Meghan ... I've never used magnetic paint (except for the spray kind, and that did NOT work well), so I'm not sure about the magnetic paint ... because I knew I wanted to have a chalkboard surface, I figured this was the best way to go! Good luck! :-)

  19. Bec, I'm such a dork. I've never worked with chalkboard paint and I just assumed it was already magnetic without the separate primer. After I read your post more carefully, I figured it out. Can't wait to try my own version of this project. You are so amazing! My i-photo library is full of pics from your blog that I save for someday inspirations. ;)

  20. I am featuring your project tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  21. UH.MAY.ZING job!! Love everything about it!!

    We host a linky party “Help a Momma Out” every Tuesday. This would be a perfect link up! Please feel free to add it :) We appreciate it! Thanks for sharing!


  22. I love this! It looks great and so functional.

  23. OK, glad you figured it out, Meghan! Be sure to post photos of yours once it's done so I can check it out! :)~
    Have fun! ... And thank you so much for your sweet comments, I am so flattered!

  24. This turned out too cute! I'm in love!

  25. Found you via Southern Hopsitality and have become your newest follower. I love, love, love your little magnets. Smarty pants! Why didn't I think of I may be going to Michaels later today. Anyhoo, stop by for a visit if you get a moment.

  26. I just love the desk and the command center. I will be featuring this at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens tomorrow night at 8pm EST. Please stop by and grab an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  27. chalkboard paint, magnets, have me sold!! I am in LOVE with this project, and I'm your newest follower! I can't wait to read more! :) great job!!

  28. I am not sure what I was thinking on Saturday...

    Anyways...You just GOT a STICKER from me ;)

    I am featuring your board TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY on my blog...thank you SO much for sharing it!

  29. Turned out great. :) Following from I Heart Naptime link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog {if you haven‘t already!}. Hope to see you there.


  30. Great Job! I featured you today at my party.

    Feel free to grab a button for your blog, if you'd like:


  31. This turned out beautiful, matches our fancy new desk so well... I have never heard of a chalkboard pen, I am going to have to look into this! I love the sticky note idea... I am pretty sure I NEED one of these!


  32. This looks awesome!!
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!! I would love it if you joined me again tomorrow! :)

  33. Christy LawrenceJuly 30, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    WOW !!! I really, really love that. I didn't know you could mix the magnetic paint and chalkboard...never really thought about it. Great idea !! Amazing.

  34. popped over from A 2 Z.
    love love love this tutorial - it's brilliant.
    thanks for sharing.
    cheryl xox

  35. Love this! The magnets are darling! Very creative. New follower.

  36. I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Thanks!

  37. I saw your craft room featured today and read through that post--so very cool! I just had to find out how you made your chalkboard calendar. It's adorable! Love your whole room!

  38. I found your blog when looking for calendar ideas and love this project - I am going to be featuring it tomorrow on my blog!


  39. Well done, it looks great! I've got this linked to my command centers post too today, for inspiration!

  40. Doing this for the school auction with my old wood door. Do you think it will look funny to put these two things on a regular door? Just worried about it being too heavy?? You are the expert so I thought I would start by asking the pro : )

    Sherry (AKA - teaching partner : )~

  41. I like this idea but don't know where I'd find an old screen like that. I would use an old picture frame and a bullentin board beside the blackboard magnetic calendar. I'd have to think more about how to do this, how it could work for me. Super ideas though; I'm a visual person, need to see a tuitorial to figure it all out.

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