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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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


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:


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):


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:

To Sew With Love 

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


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

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

  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.

    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.

  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

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

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

  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.

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

  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!

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

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

  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???

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

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

  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 :)

  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:


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

  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 ^^)



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