PB Kids Inspired Family Daily Organization Board

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As a mother of a ADD child I was at my limit of lost homework, permission slips, library books for this family of 6. I was tired! So in order to better manage my multiple children's stuff from school, activities and everything scribbled on one of many calendars I came up with this idea. In the TOP Center Square I took a SMALL monitor (Flat Screen) Mounted it so that the family could see our up to date COZI Calendar that syncs with all of our calendars.

I have a Family Daily Organization Board that has a section for each family member that consists of a magnet center with LETTER, Dry Erase Middle (Magnetic As Well) and a Letter Bin system to hold all there papers, books, etc.

PB Kids inspired Family Daily Organization Board

Please take into consideration that this was made for a family of six. Please adjust accordingly and good luck!

A SPECIAL Thanks to Ana White. You have giving me that needed encouragement to start projects again. Life after having kids. Now between My two boys and two 4 year-old girls they will know that we can do a project right, the first time! GO HOMEMAKER POWER, UNITE! Cheesey I know! ;')

40" x 78"

Preparation

Shopping List

1- sheet 1/2" PureBond Birch Plywood
1- sheet 1/4" PureBond Birch Plywood
1- sheet 3'x4' Sheet Metal (Galvanized)
3- 2 1/4"x 8' Pine Door Molding
4- 1 1/2"x 8' Pine Molding
1- 1x4x8 Pine board
1 PKG Rustoleum Dry Erase Paint
9/16" 18 gauge nails for Nail Gun/Stapler

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
paint brush
Cut List

40"X 78" sheet 1/2" PureBond Birch Plywood
2- 2'x 3' sheet Sheet Metal (Galvanized)
Beware: SHARP EDGES
2- 75 1/2" x 2 1/4" Pine Door Molding Beveled 45 degrees
2- 40" x 2 1/4" Pine Door Molding Beveled 45 degrees
2- 71 1/2" x 1 1/2" Pine Molding
5- 10 1/4" x 1 1/2" Pine Molding
10-11 1/2" x 1 1/2" Pine Molding
2- 7 1/4" x 1x4 Pine board

Please see Lady Goats Letter Bin instructions for directions on cuts list and templates.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Hammer
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Take your 2- 2'x 3' sheet Sheet Metal (Galvanized) and attach it to your 40"X 78" sheet 1/2" PureBond Birch Plywood using the 9/16" 18 Gauge nail gun. If you do not have a finishing nail gun, pre-punch the metal before tapping your securing nails down in all corners and middle of metal. Paint exposed board and outer metal with desired color choice for base.

Beware: SHARP EDGES

Step 2

Apply Dry Erase Paint to the center Strip. Remember read the instructions on this special paint. LET completely dry before continuing on.

Step 3

Take the two leg pieces "2- 7 1/4" x 1x4 Pine board" glue and staple to the bottom of the wall unit. Use the jig saw the cut out the notch between the two legs. Then Attach the outward "FRAME" 2- 75 1/2" x 2 1/4" Pine Door Molding Beveled 45 degrees and 2- 40" x 2 1/4" Pine Door Molding Beveled 45 degrees.

Step 4

Glue and nail the two main vertical dividing 71 1/2" x 1 1/2" Pine Molding according to the measurements. Attach the horizontal center pieces (10 1/4" x 1 1/2") Pine Molding to desired height of squares. Mirror remaining dividers 11 1/2" x 1 1/2" Pine Molding. Remember the dividers are covering the metal edges of the steel. So keep it in mind when working on your project.

Step 5

Step 6

Fill all holes with wood filler and Sand down with 120 grit sand paper. Use Blue painters tape to protect the dry erase boards and base paint job.

Step 7

Paint trim to desired color. If attaching Monitor make sure you have a access hole big enough for the cords to enter and always follow the instructions on the mounting hardware.

Step 8

Secure unit to wall. I did this in the monitor square for extra strength and lagged it to a stud.

Step 9

Step 10

Step 11

Step 12

Decorate with letters and enjoy!!! I hope this plan helps! Good LUCK!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

spiceylg

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 07:54

This is really impressive. Awesome idea and great job bringing it to fruition!

tracysmith

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 08:21

I love adding a bit of technology to everything so I LOVE the monitor up there, great idea! This would have been wonderful (and still just might) for my ADD son as well. He's in his last year of middle school and next year is High School! I'm worried about his lost papers and last minute permission slips, etc. Great Job!!!!!

Legomamaof4

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 08:58

My son (A.D.Der) is an 8th grader as well. And If he would only hand in his assignments on time he might pass. Ugh! This is my main reason to find an organization system to help my floaty son. Thank you all for the encouraging comments. Hopefully this helps everyone out with organization issues.

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 09:54

Kudos to a job well done on the organization. I love it... I might just have to copy it when I get strength to do it one day =).
Awsome!

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 11:04

What an amazing organizer! @Legomamaof4 - as the ADHD mother of an ADHD child (plus 2 others), I want to let you know it's not too late for this project. The issues usually don't go away in high school, and there is so much going on in their lives, not only in the classroom, but with outside-the-classroom projects (often group projects), extra-curricular activities, social life, and so on. My ADHDer is almost finished with college now, but I could have used this for him (and still could for me) when he was in high school. I think any family could use this!

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 13:28

WOW! I am going to tackle this for my family this summer while I am off from school. I have 5 children (newborn-10yrs) and we go through the lost papers,etc... I think I will combine this with a chore chart-maybe creating magnets with chores printed on them and put the assigned chore under each child's name. I would however love some instructions on how to incorporate that whole monitor idea. I'm pretty good with technology but need instructions sometimes :)

CorinnaHRN (not verified)

Sun, 10/07/2012 - 08:37

Thank you for bringing my dream to fruition. This is what I have always imagined as my perfect solution, but never could produce it.

However, I am having a mental block on how to make the calendar display on the monitor. Is the monitor hooked up to a computer, or is there a wi-fi technology that syncs directly to this cozi app???