Command Central Gallery Wall

Last week, in an attempt to clear out the loft  for its transformation into a craft room, (read about it here) I found the inspiration I needed to complete a mini-makeover on another area of our house.  I love when that happens!  The area I refer to is actually the staircase wall where Hubs and I set up a little “Command Central” when we moved in several months ago.  We needed somewhere to plunk down the laptop, mail, keys, etc, and this wall; with its close proximity to the kitchen; seemed like a perfect spot. We found a great little desk that fit the space, bought it, and moved it in. It has been serving its purpose just fine, but, as you can see in the before pictures, its not very nice to look at.

While unpacking boxes in the loft, I found all of the pictures I used for a collage over the bed in our previous house (you can read about that here) and that became the inspiration I needed to get “Command Central” prettied up a bit. You know how I like pretty.

So, with several hours of work, a couple of cans of spray paint, and a few nails, “Command Central” went from this:

To this:

As you can see, I only ended up using a couple of those pictures from the previous collage, along with some other random things that were not being utilized elsewhere.  I had picked up this wall organizer at Target in the clearance section, but it was painted black, and I wanted it to be white….so out came the spray paint.

Then I painted a garage sale picture frame (Sorry, no before pictures!), and added a piece of masonite, cut to fit and painted with chalkboard paint.

Using tension rods, I hung a fabric skirt that I sewed to hide computer and phone cords from view.  (More on the table skirt in a future post!)

Next, I pulled this garage sale shelf out of its original packaging and put it together.

Then I laid everything out on the floor, found an arrangement I liked, then transferred the items to the wall.

Next, for the finishing touches, I gathered up some accessories from my “hoarding closet” and sprinkled them about.

And there you have it… Command Central is organized (and pretty!).

One more project complete!  Now back to the craft room makeover…..

Until Next Time,

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