building command central

I know that I have mentioned before that I have a relatively large kitchen.  It isn't gourmet, by any means, but it is definitely an eat in kitchen with plenty of cabinets and counters.  The problem (or opportunity might be a better word) is that I also have a formal dining room.  So the area that is meant for a kitchen table is empty.  Well, it hasn't always been empty, it has held a card table and Emma's kitchen that Matt built a couple years ago, but most recently, just dead space.

I spend a huge amount of time in the kitchen every day.  I mean, I am a stay at home mama, and my husband works from home.  We are committed to a whole foods diet, which means I cook 3 meals plus snacks pretty much every day.  I have a desk with my computer/binders/library books/bills etc. in the kids toy/school room, where we also spend a large majority of time.  But, when you have a 3 1/2 year old who loves to practice her writing on any paper she can get her hands on (mainly my to-do lists and calendar), and 16 month old who loves to climb on my desk, shut my laptop, and then sit on it while proceeding to throw everything else on the realize you need another option.

My idea was to have my wonderful husband build me a table that it is as high as our counter tops to keep all of my important information on.  That means that no one can reach up and grab my papers, and no one can climb up on it.

Here he is building the table:

Here it is all finished:

I still plan to staple the fabric to the table top, but we didn't get that far.  We are trying to decide whether to keep the fabric or to paint it.  For the time being the fabric will be staying.  I have to say that I am so pleased with it.  It is the perfect height for me to stand and work on whatever I need to.  I may eventually get a bar stool to sit know...after my kids stop climbing all over the place, perhaps when they have moved out?

Do you have a section in your house that you are able to keep everything without it getting disturbed?  I think I took for granted my time without kids...


  1. Do it yourself projects are the best. Glad you are happy with your new table!

  2. I'm so glad it's working out well, it looks so neat and organized. A great way to start the new year!

  3. Love this---what a great idea and how awesome that your hubs could make it. I always love putting my guy to work on things. We lucked out with an eat-up bar that we sometimes work at, but I had hub build an entry way table to hold all our junk when we first come in. It needs baskets or something, but over the months it's become more of a command center in its own right. Eventually in 4 years, the kiddos will be more "manageable"--I know you'll miss this stage though! :)


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