DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

You might remember seeing this cabinet in our home over the years. We’ve even repurposed it a couple of times to suit our needs in two different homes! Today I’ll share how we set this cabinet up as our home command center.

Life around my house gets a little hectic sometimes. Simplifying, editing and staying organized has to be a daily task. I’m not obsessive about detailed organization, but I definitely feel more at peace when I have a few simple systems I can rely on.

I’m a big fan of creating “destinations” or designated “stations” for organization! Coffee stations, gift wrap stations, mail stations, family command centers, I enjoy them all.

Since the task of decluttering or organization itself isn’t a big passion of mine, I guess thinking in terms of a creating a specific “destination” for things I like to do in my home is more inspiring to me. It’s how my mind works.

You may remember seeing this cabinet in my books (), or in our last house, too, when it had an entirely different purpose.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

In our old house, this cabinet was in our dining room. We used it as a hospitality cabinet! It’s where we kept things like our cloth napkins and napkin rings, dinner candles, serving utensils and special glasses. So handy and fun to have a spot for table setting.

When we moved to this house, the cabinet ended up in our little entry. Early on I realized we didn’t have a good “spot” for “those things” that you need to keep track of in a busy household. So I decided to reinvent this cabinet and give it a new purpose as our command central. (This cabinet is out of stock, but is similar and I’ll link to others at the end of the post!).

We don’t have a lot of room and our budget for completing this project was probably less than $30, so we had to get creative and use what we already had. I’ll put a source list at the bottom of this post with what we used and similar sources!

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

The glassware and entertaining items were relocated to a different cabinet to make room for the new command center. Once we emptied the cabinet, it was easy to reimagine it for a new purpose.

We still use this organizational system today, so this isn’t one of those projects bloggers might show that never really get used. A couple of years later I can say this continues to be a useful and (fairly) organized destination in our home that we still use every day!

It actually didn’t take much to make this cabinet useful for our needs. A few on the inside of the door became a spot to stick things like emergency numbers, addresses, contractor business cards, lists, school forms or invitations.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

My cork came in the shapes of , but you could (of course!) use any shape or size to suit your needs.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center
DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Paper trays keep our most important, currently relevant and more time sensitive papers sorted so I rarely have to panic wondering where I put something. The answer is usually “in the cabinet.”

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Wire bins can hold anything. Eye glasses, receipts…we’ve used them in different ways in different seasons, depending on our needs. The key with baskets is to give them a designated purpose and stick with it. If they become a catch all it’s time to pare down to a more defined purpose.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

on the other door hold an extra set of keys and an emergency . This is a handy location for these items in case the power goes out, or if a guest is staying in our home and might need to easily access them. We also have a (stuck onto the door with a ) to clip notes.

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

Keeping certain items handy in this cabinet means we also feel prepared with some essentials in the event of emergency. If we need to flee in the middle of the night with keys and a flashlight, we’ll be all set. Safety first, you know?

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

One drawer holds stamps and envelopes and the other is for phone chargers.

Do you have a cabinet in your home that you’ve set up as an organized destination?

DIY: A Free Standing Cabinet Command Center

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Hall Cabinet – Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

I love to find manageable and affordable ways to add more character to a space. This past weekend we made two more new fun changes to our little hallway that I think took it to a whole new level of charm!

This built-in cabinet is in a small but well-used area between our kitchen, bedrooms and other rooms of our home. Kind of like a butler’s pantry…if you want to pretend with me that it is a little fancier than a regular hall. ;-)

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

When we moved in three and a half years ago, we had all kinds of grand (and expensive) ideas for how we could update this hall! But over time we’ve found that making progress in the simplest ways has actually had a big impact on how this space feels.

Besides the previous updates such as fresh paint on the walls and cabinet, removing the sliding cabinet doors and , this past weekend we added two battery operated library-style and some to add the feel of wall planks to the back of the open shelving in the cabinet.

Both items were SO simple to install, I’m so happy with how it all came together!

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

I’ve been looking at library-style wall lights for a long time, but they are usually far more expensive than I want to spend.

I happened to run across these little and did a double take at the price ($30????!!) and then rushed to place them in my cart.

Bonus, the lights are DIMMABLE so they truly help create a mood.

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

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When I opened the newly delivered box to take a look, I questioned them. I didn’t love the not-brass finish or size, but decided that for this purpose and price, they were worth a try!

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

The were easy to install (just like hanging a picture). Once we hung them, they created just the overall mood I was hoping for! It’s easy to get stalled or become too fixated on “one element” you aren’t sure of right away. What really matters is the overall look or mood of the space. Give changes a try and then step back to look! You just might be surprised how good it might look as a whole.

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

The same thing happened with the . I just wasn’t sure if it was what I wanted! But since it was a low-risk update, it was worth trying. Once it was up, it just felt right. But both of these elements would be super easy to remove if we ever decided to make another change, too, so we could enjoy getting creative without a lifetime commitment or major expense!

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

For awhile we used this cabinet as a “catch all” space and it worked great with baskets on all the shelves, but now I’m loving the open functional shelves for my cookbook collection and plenty of space for large bowls.

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

This hall has become a very happy place in our home!

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper
Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper
Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper
Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

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* these three items were provided in exchange for a sponsored Instagram post and story.

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