Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thrifty DIY: Pantry Command Center

Transform your pantry door into a household command center! || http://www.designimprovised.com

Thanks to a $3 bulletin board and a $1 clipboard from the Goodwill, I now have a home "command center" on the back of my pantry door!

Transform your pantry door into a household command center! || http://www.designimprovised.com

I've been needing a place to keep a grocery list, recipes to try, and my never-ending list of household to do's. These two thrift store finds paired with some of my favorite Martha Stewart paints and stencils make the pantry door not only much more functional, but nice to look at too! Isn't this stencil pretty?

Transform your pantry door into a household command center! || http://www.designimprovised.com

My friends at Handmade Mood make the best free printables and I was excited to incorporate their grocery list and cleaning checklist into my command center. I printed off a bunch of grocery lists at once and store all the back-ups on the clipboard along with a pen.

Transform your pantry door into a household command center! || http://www.designimprovised.com

It feels good to have a central place for keeping on top of to do's instead of my previous system of random sticky notes strewn across the counter!

Transform your pantry door into a household command center! || http://www.designimprovised.com

Thrift stores almost always have some old bulletin boards and clipboards in stock for a dollar or two each. All they need is a little paint to make them display worthy in your home. Here's how:

Supplies for Stenciled Bulletin Board


  • Inexpensive bulletin board (I found mine at the Goodwill for $2.99)
  • Craft paint (I used Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in River Rock and Parisian Blue for a nice chalk finish that matched the colors on my kitchen cabinets)
  • Stencils (I absolutely love this pack of Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Stencils for an overall trellis effect, but any variety of stencil will work)
  • Paint brush (I used this one and it worked perfect!)

How to stencil a cork bulletin board || http://www.designimprovised.com

How to Make Stenciled Bulletin Board


1. Tape off the edges that you don't want painted with masking tape and cover the cork board in 1-2 coats of paint, letting dry between coats. The Vintage Decor paint went on so smooth and evenly I only needed to use one coat. Peel off the tape while the paint is still wet and clean up any paint that seeped underneath with a damp paper towel.

How to stencil a cork bulletin board || http://www.designimprovised.com

2. Once the paint is dry, use a stencil in a lighter color of paint to create a pretty effect. Do your best to plan and measure out the placement of the stencil before starting. I tend to gloss over this step, and my stenciling ended up being a little crooked, but luckily not too bad!

How to stencil a cork bulletin board || http://www.designimprovised.com

3. Frequently wipe off any excess paint on the back of the stencil with a paper towel to prevent it from marking up the cork board.

How to stencil a cork bulletin board || http://www.designimprovised.com

5. Fill in any gaps. For instance, on one side of my cork board there was a small space between the stencil and the frame, so I taped off the frame again and went over with the stencil to make the design flush with the frame.

How to stencil a cork bulletin board || http://www.designimprovised.com

6. Peel off the tape while the paint is still wet. If you need to, you can touch up any smudges on the design with a small paint brush and a dab of paint.

How to stencil a cork bulletin board || http://www.designimprovised.com

7. Hang the bulletin board on the wall (or door!) with 3M Command Strips. For the clipboard, I just taped off the upper section with a piece of masking tape and painted the lower portion with one coat of Vintage Decor paint.

Transform your pantry door into a household command center! || http://www.designimprovised.com

Now let's see if this can keep me organized!

Transform your pantry door into a household command center! || http://www.designimprovised.com

This idea would work just as well in an office or even kids room to pin up their artwork and favorite things. For another idea for dressing up thrift store cork boards, check out my fabric covered inspiration boards.

Transform your pantry door into a household command center! || http://www.designimprovised.com

P.S. The time I organized my pantry turned out to be one of the most popular posts on Design Improvised - check it out here!

This post was written in support of the Goodwill San Antonio. All content and opinions are my own.



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