Mudroom Organizing Wall–Grand Central Station

I have a fun decorating  and mudroom organizing project for you today, one that I have been wanting to create in my house for a long time.

Recently, Command Brand asked me if I would like to come up with a few decorating projects using their damage-free wall hanging product.  It didn’t take me long to answer with a big yes, as I knew the time was right (no pun intended) to get the long overdue project finally checked off my t0-do list.

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I created a wall in my mudroom, not only to organize all the little things that go in and out of the house on a daily basis, but to also make the town I live in sound like a chic sought-after travel destination and part of the my home’s décor.

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I love white clock faces with black numbers.   Love them! – which makes getting this project done even more exciting since I now have more of the things I love all around me.

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This wall used to have 3 colorful shutters on it and before that, when my daughters were growing up, I had an empty frame gallery that I would use to showcase their artwork.

Now it is a place to hang stuff I need before leaving the house.  Since I live in the same time zone as New York, two of the clocks show the same time.

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mudroom before

I had just finished painting the room when I took this photo. Not the greatest of shots, but you get the idea.

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mudroom after

Mudroom Organizing and Decorating Idea

I went to the thrift store to find the frame to showcase the hooks used to hang jackets, scarves, or the dog leash.   The chalkboard is framed art from the thrift store that I painted over using black chalk spray paint. The clocks are from Walmart.  I used pre-cut craft store wood pieces to make the city signs.  The clipboard is covered with gift wrap I found at HomeGoods.

Trax, the cat can’t be bought or found anywhere , except always wanting to be in my photos.

 

supplies needed:

Empty wood frame
3 wall clocks
3 small wood plaques
3 small wood discs
Black and white craft paint
Small paintbrush
Transfer paper in white or a light color
Pencil
Sandpaper
Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Command™ Brand Double Hooks
Command™ Brand Forever Classic Metal Hooks in Brushed Nickel
Command™ Brand Clear Medium Hooks
Command™ Brand Clear Medium Caddies
Command™ Brand Picture Hanging Strips

Framed chalkboard (optional)
Hanging woven pouch (optional)
Clipboard (optional)
Gift wrap (optional)

Note: Follow all Command™ Brand package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep,
adhesive strip placement and recommended weight claims; for example one Command™ Brand
Double Hook holds a maximum weight of 3 pounds.

 

how to make city signs and number discs:

1. To make the city signs that will hang above each clock, paint both sides of the wooden plaques with black craft paint (as Command™ Hooks need to be adhered to finished wood). Paint the small wood discs with white craft paint, which will be numbered and hang above the Command™ Brand Forever Classic Metal Hooks to hold house keys. Let dry, then sand edges of each piece with sandpaper to create a distressed look.

How to make signs for your wall

2. On your computer, type out the names of the cities you want to designate for each clock, as well as numbers for each of the wooden discs. Choose cities that have special meaning to you, such as foreign cities you’ve visited and the town or city in which you currently live.

How to transfer lettering on to furniture or accessories to paint

3. Lay transfer paper, color side down, onto each painted plaque. Print out each city name onto computer paper, lay it centered on top of the plaque and tape it down to secure in place. Using a pencil, trace the outline of the letters. Remove the transfer paper to reveal the transferred image of the letters.

How to transfer lettering to paint on furniture

4. Using a small tip paintbrush, fill in each letter with white paint, and let dry.

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5. Repeat the same process for each of the numbers. (I suggest using graphite transfer paper so the transfer will show up on the white surface.) Paint the numbers with black paint and let dry.

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6. Clean the back of each city plaque, clock and numbered disc with isopropyl rubbing alcohol and let dry.

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7. For each clock and number sign, you will need one set of Command™ Brand Picture Hanging Strips. For each city plaque, you will need two sets of Command™ Picture Hanging Strips. To make a set, simply attach two strips together until they snap.

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8. When hanging the clocks, number signs and plaques, remove one green liner from the Command™ Brand Picture Hanging Strips and attach one set to each side on the back of the item. Remove the other green liner from the Command™ Brand Picture Hanging Strips and press it into place on the wall firmly for 30 seconds.

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9. Remove the clocks and plaques from the wall by slowly pulling each item from the bottom and pulling straight towards you. Press firmly on all the strips for 30 seconds to ensure proper adhesion. Wait one hour to re-mount, pressing the fasteners together until they click.

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10. To create the hook and frame area of the wall, clean the wall area using isopropyl alcohol, wipe gently and let dry.

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11. Use Command™ Brand Picture Hanging Strips to hang the empty frame, and attach to the wall using the same process as above for the clocks and plaques.

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12. To hang the three Command™ Brand Double Hooks to the wall in the center of the frame, remove the red liner from the adhesive strip and press the hook firmly to the wall for 30 seconds. For maximum holding strength, slide the hook up and off the wall, and press the base to the wall firmly for 30 seconds.

 

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13. Repeat this process for all three hooks. Slide the hooks back on their bases and wait one hour before hanging umbrellas, scarves, hats, etc.

Mudroom Wall Organizing Ideas

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14. Use additional Command Brand Products to build the rest of Grand Central Station

The more wall space you have, the more you can hang! Examples include:

a. Use Command™ Brand Forever Metal Hooks to create a smaller station to hang
each family member’s house keys, one set from each hook.
b. Use Command™ Brand Clear Medium Hooks to hang a woven pouch for papers and mail, and a second to hang a clipboard to hold important notes.
c. Hang a framed chalkboard using Command™ Brand Picture Hanging Strips to
write notes to your family.
d. House important notes, pens and pencils, and more in Command Brand Clear
Caddies. Then add some color to the caddy by cutting out colorful patterned gift
wrap to size and attaching them to the back of the caddy with transparent tape.

How to organize keys

Wall Organizing Ideas

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15. Be sure to follow all Command™ Brand package instructions for proper surface cleaning and prep, adhesive strip placement and recommended weight claims.

Mudroom Decorating with Command Brand Hooks

What city clocks would you want to hang on a wall in your home?

If you would like to learn more about Command Products and see more ideas on how you can use Command Picture Hanging Strips in your home you can visit their web site – Command.com. Follow them on Twitter @CommandBrand,  Facebook, and Pinterest.

 

I am working with Command Brand from 3M to share projects I created in my home. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 Mudroom Decorating and Organizing Ideas

Comments

  1. says

    Such an awesome idea! Thank you so much for your blog and inspiration! I just found it recently and I am enjoying it so much:)

  2. Denise says

    Love this…another home run Diane. I’m going to make a chalkboard out of some old artwork I was going to give to Goodwill. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. says

    I love it! It turned out so cute… Especially love the city name plaques and the upcycled art chalkboard. You are so creative! I think I just bought that exact gift wrap two days ago – it adds such a great colourful touch to the caddies. Thanks for sharing
    Krista @thehappyhousie.com
    PS – I just removed a gallery wall to repaint and noted that everything that I had hung using command strips came off super cleanly.

  4. says

    I always loved clocks displaying different time zones; I don’t know a lot of people outside of my own though to warrant needing to always know =/ The idea still crosses my mind from time to time. I’d probably want drastically different time zones (I wouldn’t want two clocks with the same time), and I would have to get clocks without second hands (or else I’d have to match those up too).

    - Ashley
    pinklovespurple.com

  5. Patricia Flournoy says

    I must be doing something wrong because, in the past, I have not had very good luck with these. Eventually, whatever I hang pulls them off the wall. Maybe if I try the alcohol first…

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