Thrift Store Upcycle Kitchen Command Center

Today I'm sharing a quick and easy thrift store upcycle by refreshing a handy but dated message board into a pretty Kitchen Command Center. My daughter desperately needed something to hang in her small apartment galley kitchen to sort mail, write quick reminders, and tack things like grocery lists. She was tired of mail accumulating on the kitchen counter or worse, getting lost.

We found the perfect solution for little money and a coat of fresh paint and the color looks nice on her kitchen wall. I surprised her by hanging it while I was babysitting my three-month-old grandson.

Kitchen Command Center Thrift Store Upcycle

Thrift Store Upcycled Kitchen Command Center

This is what it looked like before - well sort of. I forgot to take a before photo before taping the corkboard and middle section in prep for paint.
Kitchen Command Center Upcycle BEFORE

I had also removed an assortment of mismatched decorative hooks on the bottom before taking this picture.

Kitchen Command Center Pockets Before

Here are the products I used for this makeover...

Kitchen Command Center Upcycle Supplies

First coat of chalk paint

The message board was painted with two coats of pretty Moon Dew blue chalk paint.

Chalk Painted Kitchen Command Center

With Frog Shape Tape, I added some fun chevron stripes on the corkboard.

Kitchen Command Center Chevron Stripe Corkboard

Reverse Transfer Labels

To label the pockets for sorting mail, I used a reverse stencil transfer method by attaching self-adhesive letters from the dollar store onto the pockets.

Kitchen Command Center Reverse Stencil Labels

I dry brushed Simplicity White chalk paint over the blue paint to soften the blue and give it a rustic layered paint appearance. To do this you dip just the tips of your brush into the paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel so very little paint remains on the brush. With light pressure and long random strokes layer the second color so the blue base layer shows.

I applied the paint thicker over the pockets so the letters would be more pronounced. Before the paint dried, I removed each letter carefully with tweezers.

Refreshing the chalkboard

I also gave the chalkboard a quick refresh with a coat of black chalkboard paint. After it was dry I seasoned the board by rubbing the side of a stick of chalk all over the board and rubbed the chalk into the paint with a paper towel.

Kitchen Command Center AFTER

Such an easy peasy update and what a difference!

Quick Kitchen Command Center Upcycle

That's my adorable grandson on the laptop screen. That smile melts my heart every time I see it. When I arrived to babysit he was screaming like a wild man. Made it hard for my daughter to leave but I managed to get him settled and fast asleep within five minutes - cuz that's just what us Grandma's do.

When he opened his eyes from his nap he looked up at me and smiled from ear-to-ear and showed me how he can make mouth bubbles. I love that little man to the moon and back!

Thrift Store Upcycle Kitchen Command Center

Here is another Chalkboard Message Center idea using repurposed cabinet doors for a girl's room. This is another thrift store upcycle for our daughter's place here in my post Wall Mounted Coat Rack For Under $5.

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