A simple, easy to assemble DIY wood command center that holds all your essential day-to-day items, plus has room for a notepad and chalkboard list.
There are some items that sit on your to-do list for far too long even though you know once it’s completed, it will provide tons of functionality and you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t do it sooner. That’s how I felt with this DIY wood command center. I wanted to create an area by the back door that would allow us to hang up our set of keys, a pair of sunglasses, any incoming/outgoing mail, a place to write an upcoming event and to jot down a quick memo or items to pick up from the market. I didn’t want the project to be overly complicated, but it had to provide the functionality to accommodate our everyday needs.
I got to work outlining our needs and then brainstorming how the wood command center would look. What’s so great about an easy DIY project like this is that it’s totally customizable. I highly recommend drawing a quick blueprint of your layout before you start drilling any holes. Once you get started the project takes less than an hour to complete.
DIY WOOD COMMAND CENTER
24” x 36” wood panel
1” x 3” x 24” strip of wood
(2) 2” #8 wood screws
(2) 5-6” cabinet bar pulls
(3) cabinet knobs -or- 3 small hooks
(1) jumbo paper clip or assortment of wire clips
1/2” #6 screw
12” x 18” chalkboard sheet
(4) heavy duty command strips
Tip - have an employee at a local hardware store trim the wood to size if necessary.
Using fine grit sand paper, smooth down all sides of the wood panel and strip of wood. Wipe down.
Apply a wood stain of your choosing to both pieces of wood and let dry 30 minutes to an hour.
Before adhering anything to the wood panel, layout your design first to ensure everything fits.
Start by attaching the strip of wood to the bottom of the wood panel. This will create a small shelf at the bottom. Drill pilot holes for the 2” wood screws on the backside of the wood panel. Using a drill bit, attach the strip of wood (be sure to not go in at an angle).
Line up the cabinet bar pulls and knobs and mark. Drill pilot holes and screw in.
Attach the jumbo paper clip or wire clip(s) to the wood panel. Be sure to account for the size of the notepad you plan on using.
Lastly, adhere the chalkboard sheet and smooth with a plastic card.
Attach to the wall using heavy duty command strips.
If you’re like me and constantly have a goal to get more organized, then creating yourself a DIY wood command center is a great place to get started. It’s definitely one of those projects that will get put to use on a daily basis and you can grab that glass of Benchbreak Pinot Noir and relish in your craftsmanship. After all, you deserve to reward yourself for coming up with such a genius project and building it with your own two hands!
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Written By : Kristin Mansky