I don’t like putting things on the front of the refridgerator. I think that’s because my mom never did/does either and just like her, I like things to generally be as uncluttered as possible. However, as of late, I’ve been finding myself really wanting a place in the kitchen to put notes, cards, coupons, etc. We don’t have the need for an official “family command center” or anything. (For things like that, Greg and I sync our calendars regularly and share a “notebook” on Evernote.) Thinking that the side of the fridge would be a good spot for this, I decided to keep my eyes out for some sort of note-card-coupon-holding solution.
I ended up finding this gray burlap memo board at HomeGoods for $12. I liked the color and simplicity of it. At the time, I wasn’t completely sure if it would be the right size, but I bought it on a hunch and luckily, it fit perfectly. Later that day, I went to Target and picked up a 5×7 gallery frame as well as a pack of cute thumb tacks and a package of 3M picture hanging strips.
I cannot tell you how many times we’ve used these handy little things in our house. They make hanging frames, hooks, etc completely effortless and they’ve never damaged a wall. (In our house at least!) To ensure that doesn’t happen, it’s always best to clean the surface with a bit of rubbing alcohol before you attach the strip.
I put three 3M strips on the back of the memo board and attached it to the side of the fridge – and immediately went to the “junk drawer” in the kitchen and started to attach things to it…
The picture frame is the exact width of the memo board – which makes me really happy. So, again, I attached a few 3M strips and hung it up. FYI, these RE gallery frames from Target are, and will always be, my favorite go-to frames! I just can’t get enough of them and I recommend them to eveeeeryone.
My plan for the picture frame is to change out the photo with every season. It’s such a simple thing to do, but probably my favorite thing about this little impromptu setup. As I find a good Christmas, Fall or summer photo of family/friends, I’ll make a copy and store it in the frame itself. That way, I’ll have them easily on hand when the seasons change and it’s time to switch out the photo. Since Fall will be here in no time, and I’m beyond ready for the pumpkin patches to start popping up – I went ahead and put in an old photo from 10 (!) years ago of me, Greg, my little brother and some of our friends in Gatlinburg for my birthday. Such a long time ago – feeling old now. Moving on.
“Do you know where my keys are?” … The question Greg asks me almost every. single. day.
I thought about hanging a key hook on the side of the fridge at least a million times, but never did it because I didn’t want to damage the side of the cabinet pane. That, and I felt it might look silly for there just to be a key holder there all by it’s lonesome. However, now that we had the memo board action going on, it seemed like a good combo.
I started to take progress photos of making the key holder, but it was just so simple that it seemed silly. And when it was all said and done, it literally took 10 minutes (not counting drying time for the poly!) Basically, all we did was take a scrap piece of wood we had in the shed, sanded it a bit and then stained it with some stain we had on hand. (Pretty sure it’s Minwax’s Special Walnut since that’s our favorite go-to.) To make it a bit more durable, Greg applied one coat of satin polyurethane.
Once it dried, he attached three simple black hooks that we picked up from Home Depot. You guys know how I love my labels! I took three of the large Martha Stewart bookplate labels, spray painted them with some flat black enamel spray paint and labeled them, “His”, “Hers” and “Guest”. Later down the road (once I find some!) I’ll probably upgrade the labels to some actual hardware-type label holders.
To attach the key holder to the side of the fridge, we used – yep, you guessed it – 3m Picture Hanging Strips. We used four strips total and they hold even this heavy piece of wood. We’ve found that we can throw our keys on it and it doesn’t it feel like it’s giving or going to fall off. Pretty sure those strips are magic. Or something.
We’ve now had this little area of the kitchen done for about three days and I cannot tell you how much we’re loving this set up. It makes going out and coming in much for efficient. And I’ve lost count how many times Greg has said, “I know where my keys are now!” Who knew such a little organization update would make life so much better.