Revamped Family Chalkboard Central Command Center

January 7, 2013

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

This 30″ wide wall has had more makeovers than any other spot in my home.  In the almost 3 years that we’ve lived here, I think it’s had at least 6 lives – thank goodness it’s not an entire room.  But I have to say, this 30″ wall is the key to how we function – it’s our Central Command Center… a.k.a. CCC

I couldn’t let the year begin without making a few updates to this small, but important part of our home (the previous CCC can be found here).  I actually had made a few changes about a month ago, but it just wasn’t right.  After living with it for a while, I knew what it needed…  A chalkboard.  An entire wall of chalkboard.

The revamp started with removing everything from the CCC, patching up the old holes, and touching it up with some fresh paint.  Once the wall was ready, I was off applying the chalkboard paint.

I’ll share more on the specifics of how I created the chalkboard backdrop in a separate blog post, but in the meantime, let’s take a tour of my NEW Family Central Command Center…

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

One of the major changes to the CCC is the calendar.  The calendar that I had previously created was for only one month.  SO many of you asked me, “I love the one month, but what do you do with plans you need to write down for the next month?”.  I actually had the same dilemma and now it’s resolved.  There are two calendars for two months.  Problem solved. When the month we’re in is on the bottom, I put the next month’s dates on the top.  It’s a little backwards having the month after above, but it works!

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

On the picture frame turned calendar, I still use a sharpie, dry-erase pen, or these handy-dandy pens by NameBubbles that are available with their write-on labels.

Did you notice the frames on the calendar & pictures above are now white instead of black?  Once the chalkboard was painted on the wall, the black frames disappeared, so I spray painted the old ones.  Using a white primer spray paint + a white glossy top coat, the frames are as good as new.

I still love my inspirational quotes and those are the same (in their new white frames).

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

Below the calendar are the new additions to the CCC.  A month ago when the wall got an update, I made these 4 fun clipboards with scrapbook paper.  In between them are our key (and misc stuff) boxes that I had purchased at TJs and spray painted them black.

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

The top clipboards hold our grocery list & our Peak at the Week schedule.  Now I have no excuses to forget anything at the store – haha (wishful thinking)…

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.netLooking to print these out – click {here} for the Peak at the Week chart created by iheartorganizing.com; Click {here} for the Grocery List created by The Time-Warp Wife (thanks to the awesome reader who found the link!)

And below are the kids charts – a chore / responsibility chart for my son and a reward chart where both kids get to add stickers when they’ve made good choices / decisions.

Perfectly at their level!

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.netLooking to print these out – click {here} for the chore chart and click {here} for the reward chart

I chose this spot of the home because it’s in the ideal location, kinda close to the foyer and kinda close to the kitchen.  It’s a small spot (a large wall or space isn’t really needed), yet is efficiently and thoughtfully put together for all our family needs.

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

One of the major needs that was missing in our previous CCCs was something to write with.  Somehow we can NEVER find a pen or a pencil in our home (our kids must eat them – hehe).  Being inspired by others who used mason jars for storage, I grabbed some hose clamps from Lowe’s and installed two pencil / pen holders next to the charts.  I put them high enough, so little fingers hopefully won’t touch them. {A tutorial on how-to create jelly jar pen holders to come soon}.

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

Something that I haven’t shared, but created a long time ago is our family stool.  It’s something so simple, but used everyday!  From using it in the kitchen and closet or as an extra seat, our Ikea step stool is awesome.  When I bought it, it had a natural wood finish, but with a little paint (the same color as the kitchen), I revamped it.  Then using the same stencil that I created for my pallet box, I added our family initial: b.

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

Lastly, of course we had to chalk-up our new wall!  That’s the point of chalkboard!!

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

I love how a chalkboard wall allows you to continually change it.

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

And that sums up the tour of our 30″ wide everything wall!

Chalkboard Family Central Command Center for the heart of the home including a monthly calendar, kids charts, inspirational quotes, and more.  Created by @Jenna_Burger via sasinteriors.net

 How does your family stay organized?  Do you have a central “spot” in your home?


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Comments

  1. Wow, I love this. I am looking around my house now to find a space to do something similar here.

    Thanks for inspiring me. Atta girl!
    Atta Girl Amy recently posted..Simple Winter Woodlands Decor

  2. Love this so much!!! Great post! such a great idea to have a command center to keep everyone organized!!! xx Liz Marie

  3. What a great command center! I really want to do something similar. I’m just not sure if I have a great space for it. I appreciate your inspiration! Have a great week.
    Leslie
    Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way recently posted..Twirl & Take a Bow Party ~ #22

    • Thanks so much Leslie. What’s great about something like this, it really doesn’t need a huge area/space.

  4. It is just gorgeous! Looks great and like it will really help keep the whole family organized.
    KC
    KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family recently posted..Wine Bottle Crafts

  5. I absolutely love the idea of a command centre. However, since my house is so tiny, I dont really have anywhere I can do this. I have a little area in my dining/kitchen that a vintage cola tin sign current hangs that could be moved and used for my command centre, need to get motivated to do it!!! Just thinking what I actually need on it as we dont have children (yet)…
    Nicola recently posted..My gingerbread house & royal icing recipe

  6. I found your grocery shopping list. It’s on the Time-Warp Wife’s website.

  7. I really do love your command center! I wish I had the space to create my own! :o)
    Gaby {lifeineight.com} recently posted..How I Organize and Store Plastic Bags

  8. I really love this! We have a make-shift Command Center on the side of the fridge, but it’s chaotic at best. Maybe I will add that to my list of things to organize… I’ll be sure to link back to you if/when it happens. I like how you’ve put yours together.
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    • So happy to have inspired you with my Central Command Center. It absolutely keeps my family on track and organized. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Be sure to share!
      xo
      Jenna

  9. BRILLIANT!!

  10. Betty819 says:

    I am really interesting in making the calendar like you have. Do you have a tuitorial on your blog for that? If so, I must have missed it. I was about to go to Staples to buy a desk type calendar that I could use. Want one to be ruled so I can be neat and get everything in. I was thinking of setting up a command center on back of office door for myself but then the door is open most of the time, so it would not be visable all the time. I’m looking at where I have my bullentin board now. Maybe I could move the bullentin board elsewhere(like on back of door). The size of my existing bullentin board would be ideal for the calendar. Do you create a calendar on white board and then frame it? Need some tips here. How and where do you jot down things that you want to buy or need and keep track what store you saw it or where you usually buy it from? Does this make sense? I try to carry a small notebook in my purse but all the stuff I have to keep track of sometimes weights my purse down, thus causing shoulder or back pain if the pocketbook becomes too heavy. Would appreciate any ideas or solutions from you or anybody that reads this.

  11. What size frame is the calendar frame? Did you use 2 8.5×11 pieces of paper? Looks really nice!!

    • The frame I used is 16 x 20 with (2) 11 x 17 pieces of paper for the calendar. They are not full size 11 x 17, but cut down to fit. You could use 8.5 x 11 paper, but will need to do some cutting and piecing together.

      • Cherice Fulton says:

        This is awesome! Is the calendar the same template you previously posted or did you edit it? I see you removed the notes section and the top decorative part is gone, it doesn’t seem like that would have given you enough room for a whole extra calendar.

  12. I am working on my new home’s command center and love your keys and things boxes. It says you got them at TJ’s. Is that TJMaxx or something local to you?

    • Yes TJs means TJ Maxx. It was a long time ago that I found them, but I’m sure you can find something similar at Target or Homegoods.

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