You can read the full post on how I installed the sheet metal HERE but, to bring you up to speed, it went from this disaster:
To this gleaming beauty:
To this minimum functionality:
It worked for storing the kids' papers and writing stuff on the white board but now it was time to make it prettier. I mean, yes, organization is fun but aesthetics are where it's at, yo!
Here it is today, otherwise known as the After After After:
Let's start at the top, shall we? I can't reach that area without a step stool so I knew it wouldn't be used for everyday things needed to run a house. So I figured I'd make it nice to look at but easy to change if I wanted.
I dug through my Frames Bin (don't pretend like you don't have one) and pulled out some super cheap and light-weight frames. I took the glass parts out, not to be reused here. I spray painted them Rustoleum's Lagoon, Blossom White and Aqua (the color I've got going on in the rest of the kitchen).
I then glued magnets to the backs of all the frames.
Instant pretty art and photo holders!
I love that family picture my daughter drew when she was three. I'm the huge one in the middle. I look exactly like Mrs. Puff from Spongebob. Hilarious.
Moving down, I added a little vinyl lettering on my Target purchased magnetic organizer just in case anyone was confused as to what this area is. I stocked it as well. I use blank 3x5 notecards for everything and now I'll be able to find one within 5 seconds! Heavenly.
I purchased these buckets from the dollar section at Target a while ago with this exact project in mind... love it when a plan comes together! I used magnetic clips to hold them up and so far they are working perfectly. I don't know what I'll put in the bottom two buckets but I'm sure they won't stay empty for long.
I also found this white magnetic mail holder at WalCrap yesterday. Up until now I've had no designated place for mail...how have we functioned? Now when my husband comes home from a week of being out of town I won't be running around trying to remember where I put all his mail from that week. It's the little things in life, really.
And finally, if you were wondering where my recycle bucket went, the answer is the garage. I got this black $5 wastebasket to take its place. The black kind of blends in with everything else making it less of an eye sore. I added a little vinyl recycle symbol so even visitors would know where to toss their soda cans.
So that's it! Anderson Central is up and running! I'm happy that I have a lot of things up there but still have some open areas to pin up important and time sensitive things.
Speaking of pinning, do you Pinterest? You should!
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