Saturday, November 3, 2012

I have a "command center" corner now! And a little tutorial.

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 I know, I was going to post it yesterday but life got in the way, as usual:) But here is a little project we were working on lately. It will be part 1 of our master bedroom reveal:)

When we started working on our bedroom, I knew I wanted to use this corner wall:

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It was this big and empty corner (minus the laundry basket). But I had something better in mind. I decided to turn this area into a "command center"/ working area for me. We have an office but it's too far from the Baby when he sleeps, and I can't hear him. Plus the office is in our guest room, so we rarely use it. I have a netbook that I use, and I usually work on the couch or at the kitchen table. But I needed a designated place for doing bills, planning and translating. This corner seemed perfect for it:

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First, I painted it with stripes using leftover paint from another project. Of course I forgot to take a picture of the "finished product" :) I'm always to anxious to move on, and always either forget to take a before or an after picture. That's the story of my life!

I had a few things I wanted in this space. First, I wanted to add a memory board. I decided to make it myself. I had an old frame that I almost took to the thrift store but changed my mind:

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It was a cheap frame that I got years ago for $3 (I think) from Dollar General. But it's big, it's 17.5 x 21(16 x 20" with the picture inserted), so I knew it would work great for a memory board. I spray-painted it black and set it aside.

One thing about this frame is that it had flimsy plastic instead of glass but it was perfect for my project. I got some cute fabric from my favorite fabric store for $3.99 a yard and used leftover batting:

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I covered the inside plastic with a spray adhesive and glued batting to it. I cut batting about an inch smaller than the plastic all the way around, so it would easily fit in the frame. Then using a glue gun I wrapped a pre-measured piece of fabric around it.

Then, still using a glue gun (it's a no-sew project!) I added some ribbons:

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Then I just put it in the frame. Here's the finished product:

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It's perfect for storing paint chips or cute little pictures that I occasionally find under my pillow :) The basket underneath was a Goodwill $2 find that I painted black. I keep all the billshere that need to be paid soon or coupons for eating out.

As for the other side of my "Command center" it looks like this:

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The small red desk is from IKEA. We bought a couple of years ago. The white board calendar is from Walmart (and you can see, I was busy this month:), the little red buckets are for storing white board markers, magnets etc. and they are from a $ area in Target. The little "greenery" on the top is from IKEA too as well as cork board circles (that are actually heat trivets for $2.99/3). The floating shelf on the top is a yard sale find. The rest of the accessories I already had on hand:

And here is another picture of MY corner (and because I just like it so much):

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And here's my project for you for today. I love my little space so much and use it e.v.e.r.y s.i.n.g.l.e day!

I share this post with these great parties:

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And I also entered this project for a contest below. Wish me luck!!



32 comments:

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    1. I love it :) And it's my corner too what makes it even better:)

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  2. A place all of your own!!! It all turned out so darn cute, congrats

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  3. The red metal cabinet is a drop down desk? Is it strong? I have always had problems with drop downs being strong enough, but they have always been wood.

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    1. I bought it two years ago, and it seems to be working OK so far. I try not to lean too much on it:) But it was the only thing that would fit in such a small space.

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  4. I love it~~ Plus you gave me a Christmas Idea. My daughter is going to make the boards for all her little cousins. We have plenty of materials so it really shouldnt cost us anything

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    1. Here you go! And you can always find cheap frames in thrift stores. Nothing a can of spray-paint can't fix :)

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  5. That looks absolutely fabulous!!! You're so talented!! :) Love it!

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  6. YOU are wonderful with all your creativity ! I need to to come live with ME ! Love it, Lena ...I am sure you had lots of fun making it all come together.

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    1. Oh, I'd love too if you baked for me all of your delicious desserts :)

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  7. That looks fantastic! I love that floating shelf and the little greenery. Love the basket! Came out really good after a bit of tlc and paint!

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    1. Well, I'm definitely a TLC kind of girl :) Thank you!

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  8. That is so cute! I love how you utilized that little space.

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  9. You are absolutely amazing. I love the style that you have and you do such a good job of making everything super functional and very attractive. I may have to request some help and ideas for my new house. Are you willing???

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  10. I love that! It's really nice and I'm sure you do use it a lot. Great job.

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  11. So cute! Love the red shelf. A pop of color makes it stand out. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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  12. I'm impressed! Such a small place and you did so much with it! I hope that working there will be a real pleasure for you :)

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  13. Lena-- This looks so fabulous!! Jealous of your wonderful organization!! Thanks so much for linking up with Mop It Up Monday. You're being featured on The Tuesday Ten: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/11/the-tuesday-ten.html

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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    1. Oh, thank you so much Kristi! I appreciate it!!

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  14. What a great idea! You are so ogranized! Thanks for sharing this post with us. We will be featuring this on the blog today. Grab a featured button if you fancy so ^^)

    Hugs,
    Lelanie

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