A kitchen command center can be a big help in keeping a busy family organized. It’s a place to leave family notes, post schedules and hang keys. This DIY kitchen command center features just about everything you’d want– a magnetic chalkboard, a strip of cork board for pinning items, hooks for keys, and a rack for holding papers and folders. Plus, it looks great with its doors decorated with stained wood planks.
Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to make your own kitchen command center.
Kitchen Command Center
- Liberty Hardware Suburban Bar Pull
- Liberty Hardware Matchbox Latch
- Liberty Hardware Overlay Hinge
- Liberty Hardware Single Hook
- Liberty Hardware Fan Cup Pull
- Liberty Hardware Ceramic Melon Knob
- Liberty Hardware Fluted Glass Knob
- Liberty Hardware Pink Rose Knob
- Liberty Hardware Top Ring Round Knob
- Liberty Hardware Perimeter Knob
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Vintage
- Americana Decor Clear Creme Wax
- Minwax Stain, assorted colors
- Magnetic Chalkboard
- Cork Board
- Cut List items (see Step 1)
- French Cleat Picture Hanger
- 1-in. Magnets
- ½-in. Magnets
- 1-in. Brad Nails
Step 1: Cut and Sand Wood Parts
- 2 – ¼-in. x 21-in. x 24½-in. plywood (back panel)
- 2 — 1-in. x 4-in. x 23-in. pine or white board (frame)
- 2 — 1-in. x 4-in. x 21-in. pine or white board (frame)
- 2 — 11⅝-in. x 21-in. x ¼-in. plywood (doors)
- 28 — 11⅝-in. planks (Hobby Board) for the (doors)
- 1 — 1-in. x 2-in. x 10¾-in. pine or white board (door shelf)
- 1 — 1-in. x 2-in. x 23-in. pine or white board (divider)
Cut your boards as specified above. Once all cuts are complete, lightly sand to eliminate the rough edges, and to prep the wood for staining and painting. Be sure to wipe away the sawdust with a rag.
Tip: If you do not have a miter saw or table saw, your local Home Depot store can make the cuts for you.
Step 2: Stain and Paint
Using a foam brush, apply a thin coat of stain to your wood frame pieces, back panel, and front side of the door panels.
We chose Dark Walnut wood stain from Minwax, since it was a great neutral color that coordinated well with other stain colors. Let the stain sit for about five minutes, then wipe off the excess stain with a cloth or rag. Repeat with a second coat of stain, if desired.
To add a little personality to the planks on the doors, we used a variety of stain colors left over from other projects. Apply the stain to one side and to each of the edges.
Allow stain to dry before moving on to the next step.
We weren’t sure what color to paint the interior door, so we picked up two different chalky paint colors and tested them on a piece of scrap wood. Treasure was a fabulous bright teal color, but we ultimately chose Vintage for its subtle tint of blue; we didn’t want the color to be the focal point of the command center.
The back side of the doors, small door shelf, and divider are all painted. Apply the paint using a foam roller. I used two coats to achieve the color saturation that I was looking for. Once the paint was dry, I sealed it using Americana Décor’s clear creme wax, which can be applied using a foam roller or brush. Let this fully dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Assemble the Frame
Apply a thin beading of wood glue to the side ends of the horizontal boards of the wood frame and join to the shorter, vertical boards.
Step 4: Attach the Chalkboard
Apply wood glue to the back panel, and attach your magnetic chalkboard. Press firmly to ensure proper adhesion.
Our chalkboard is slightly larger than our frame, so there will be some overlapping when we attach the frame.
Tip: Use a level to ensure that your chalkboard is straight.
Apply a thin beading of wood glue to the back of the frame, and place the back panel on to the wood frame. Press firmly and allow glue to set. Use a brad nailer and 1-in. brad nails for additional adhesion.
Step 5: Install the Cork Board
Measure and mark a piece of cork board to 6 in. x 23 in. Using a blade and a ruler, cut your cork board to size.
Attach your cork board to the back panel using wood glue. Press firmly to ensure proper adhesion.
Step 6: Attach the Divider
We used an upside-down cup pull as a chalk holder. To attach your cup pull, you will first need to mark where you will be placing the cup pull on the back of the divider piece. Pre-drill into the wood using a 3/16-in. drill bit.
Install your cup pull using the provided 8/32 – 1-in. machine screws and a screw driver.
Attach your divider by applying a thin beading of wood glue to the back side, then pressing the board firmly onto the open space between your chalkboard and the cork board.
Once the glue has cured, use your brad nailer and 1-in. brad nails to secure to the back panel.
Step 7: Attach Hooks
Use a ruler to measure and mark the placement of your hooks. We measured 2⅛-in. to the center of the hook and then marked the exposed mount holes on the hooks.
Tip: Measure both horizontally and vertically for the most uniform hook placement.
Step 8: Attach Bar Pull and Door Shelf
Plan the placement of your bar pull. Be sure that it is not too low, or your folders might tip over the top. Once you’ve decided on the angle of your bar pull, check if your folders will fit snuggly inside the pull. You might need to adjust the angle slightly in order to properly hold your folders.
Mark the layout lightly with a pencil, noting the center of the screw holes. Pre-drill with a 3/16-in. drill bit, and attach your bar pull with ½ – 8/32-in. machine screws.
Then, plan the placement of your shelf. You will want to be sure it is high enough that it doesn’t interfere with your command center frame, but low enough that your folders will not be too high on the door. Once you have your placement, and have leveled the shelf, lightly mark the position of the shelf.
Apply a thin beading of glue along a thin edge of the board, and press firmly onto the door. Once the glue has cured, use your brad nailer to secure to the door. We attached it from the other side of the door so that we could use nails already loaded into the brad nailer.
Step 9: Attach the Wood Planks to the Doors
Now it’s time to attach the wood planks to the front of the doors. We had stained the wood planks in several colors in Step 2. We arranged them in a random order on the doors, trying not to create a noticeable pattern of the colors, which is harder than it sounds!
To attach the planks, apply a light layer of glue to the plank, and press down onto the door. Let the glue cure before moving on to the next step.
Step 10: Attach the Doors
We went with an overlay hinge from Liberty Hardware because of its ease of installation.
Place your doors on top of the frame, and slide the hinges between the door and frame. Mark your mount holes on the frame. Carefully open up the door and mark the mount holes on the inside of the door.
Pre-drill both the frame and the door with a 3/16-in. drill bit. Drill or screw your hinges into place using the provided hardware. We attached the hinges to the door before attaching to the frame.
Step 11: Attach the Latch
To make sure command center would stay closed when it was not in use, we used this matchbox latch from Liberty Hardware.
To attach the latch, determine where you want it to be positioned and mark each exposed mount hole. Pre-drill with a 3/16-in. drill bit, and then drill or screw into place.
Step 12: Attach the French Cleat
We used a French cleat picture hanger for the command center because it was easy to install and allowed it to sit flush against the wall.
To install the cleat, align the cleat level on the back panel, and mark each exposed mount hole. Pre-drill with a 3/16-in. drill bit, and then attach the cleat with the included hardware.
The French cleat comes with a level and a second bracket to install on the wall. We installed the cleat into the wall studs, but if you are not able to drill into the studs, be sure to use wall anchors to secure the cleat when you install it.
Step 14: Create Magnets
Attach round magnets to your cabinet knobs using super glue.
When deciding what cabinet knobs to use, make sure that they are not too top heavy, or your magnet might not be strong enough to hold the knob. We used the ceramic melon, fluted glass, pink rose, top ring round, and perimeter knobs from Liberty Hardware.
Allow the glue to dry fully before using your new magnets.
Step 14: Style!