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Monday, September 9, 2013

{PB Teen Inspired} Study Wall Board

Hey there, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. We're having a crazy late-season heat wave, so it was a sweaty weekend on the soccer fields for us. I have a few painting projects I'd like to finish, so hopefully the weather cools off soon so I can actually survive more than five minutes in our garage.

You know our son got a room makeover a few years ago, taking it from little boy to pre-teen. Or I thought it was pre-teen, but turns out there were a few touches that are now 'too baby.' So we've been making small changes, like the Galvanized Pipe Curtain Rod, and Lined Drapes for better sleeping.

Next up was replacing his juvenile Gallery Wall with something more mature, and useful. And I think we nailed both objectives!

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

As a reminder, here's how the wall looked before:

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Between 7th grade, multiple sports, and an ever-growing social calendar, he needed something to keep himself organized. PB Teen has a cool Study Board, but it wasn't exactly what we wanted, and I didn't want to pay $160. You can also design your own board using their mix-and-match Style Boards, but the one we created was $270. Pass!

So I did what any good cheap blogger does, and figured out how to make our own...and for around $20! Bam!

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

The board is over-sized, at 2-feet by 4-feet, to fill the large wall space. We left the magnetic strips so he could tack up more invites, reminders and keepsakes. They also help to anchor the board, so it's not floating on the big wall.

Hi Sugarplum | Student Command Center

We distressed the frame to bring some warmth and roughness to his room, and the board is divided into three panels...corkboard, dry-erase calendar, and chalkboard.

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center


Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

These cans (made here) stick directly to the magnetic strip and are perfect for holding dry-erase markers.

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center


Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

He's only in the second week of school, but already his calendar is full of test dates, project deadlines, and sport's practices. We keep a family calendar and have a family command center, but this space is just for his responsibilities.

Hi Sugarplum | Student Command Center

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

One more look at the Before...

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And now the After...

Hi Sugarplum | Student Command Center

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

School is only going to get more intense as he gets older, so I'm thrilled he's learning to be more organized and independent with his studies and schedule.

Hi Sugarplum | Boy's Command Center

I'll show you how to make this Wall Board soon...it's super simple! Promise. Have a great day, lovebugs.

Update: tutorial for the PB Teen Study Board is here!

16 comments:

  1. Please, please post the diy info soon! My dad will be here in a week and this would be a perfect project to do when the kiddos are at school!

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  2. Great job Cassie! So useful too.

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  3. just awesome! pls post all the details of DIY if you can...

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  4. Cool Cassie! I bet this will help your 'little' man organize more! :-)

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  5. This is really cool! Start them young getting organized!

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  6. Love this idea...so clever and functional. And of course it looks cool too!

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  7. My daughter loved the PB wall stuff too but it was too expensive. We went with a few of the Martha wall pieces from Staples. They were super easy to install, and she loves them. I would like a chunky frame like you have though.

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  8. Love it! Where do you get the dry erase calendar? I have the cork board and would love to add a dry erase calendar to it.

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  9. Of course this turned out insanely amazing! So much better than that high priced PB version. Way to go supermom! Such a lucky boy!

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  10. It turned out great Cassie! I am sure he loves it (as much as pre-teens love change)!! Have a great week!

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  11. Is that an Ikea desk? How does he like it? Thinking about a similar one for my daughter.

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    1. Yes, he has an Ikea desk...it's great for fitting in the small corner. He likes it about as much as any kid likes a desk :)

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  12. I love it! Isn't it amazing how quickly the calendar fills up, even when they're young like that? And now he can keep track of everything so easily. Great job, mama!

    ~Abby =)

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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