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Dirty Little Secret Friday … LABELS!!

February 14, 2014
Command Center Labels | View From The Fridge

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Go tell someone you love them, then come right back …

It’s also Friday (yay!), which means I’m back with my organizing post for the week (a.k.a. ‘dirty little secret’).

Last week, I shared a glimpse of our ‘command center’ that is currently in the works. Like I said last week, we have an odd layout where the entry to/from the garage opens right into the middle of the kitchen. No mud room. No room at all (lots of mud, though). We’re trying to figure out how to make the very high-traffic area functional AND attractive.

Here’s how it looked last week (after the addition of those fancy REVERSIBLE wire bin liners):


Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge

Command Center … Take 1


And here’s how it looks today (don’t hold your breath …):


Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge

NEW LABELS!!! and a bench!


Okay, so the biggest addition is obviously that gorgeous bench!! I. LOVE. IT. It’s sturdy. It’s the perfect color. It’s the perfect size. And everyone has quit stealing the dining room table chairs when putting on shoes (and thus leaving them in various places all over our kitchen)!! Hooray!! For those of you that happen to be in the Mpls area … it’s from Mama’s Happy. I’ve spoken of this place before (because I love it so much). They even opened the shop special for me on Monday evening so I could buy this bench (after being indecisive all weekend when they were actually open).

Now that we’re all loving that bench … this post is really about the LABELS I added to our command center this week. A bit of a smaller touch than the bench, but SOOOO helpful and necessary!!

For those of you who follow Jen on I Heart Organizing, the first set of labels I made will look familiar (though not quite as nice as hers). She posted a week or two ago about DIY mason jar lid labels using a chalkboard marker. Click here to see her lovely labels and post.

My labels were destined for those wire bins I discussed in so much detail last week AND our new shoe bins (thanks, Mom).

Take a look …

Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge

Wire bins now have liners AND labels!!

Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge



Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge



And the shoe bins …


Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge

Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge



Here’s how the labels themselves turned out …

Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge


Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge

Want to make some? Basically, I copied Jen’s process, but here are the steps:

Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge




  1. Lids from empty jars (washed and dried).
  2. Craft paint in various colors (I used white, turquoise/mint, pink/coral, and yellow)
  3. Adhesive Vinyl and circle punch or scissors
  4. Chalk marker
  5. Ribbon or bakers twine to hang label
  6. Drill with small bit
  7. Frog tape / painters tape



  1. Paint Jar labels white. I did this with the three wire bin labels. For the shoe bin labels, I skipped this step (in order for the gold to show through)
  2. Tape off patterns or blocks.
  3. Using regular craft paint … paint untaped areas. You’ll need several coats on the bare lids (but it will eventually cover, I promise)
  4. Once dry, drill two holes along the edges of your lids.
  5. Cut your vinyl for the inside of your lids. If you don’t plan to change the label out, you could just use scrapbook paper written on with a marker here. OR … like Jen mentions, if you want to be able to erase and re-label lids, and don’t have vinyl … you could easily use chalkboard paint.
  6. Stick your labels in the center.
  7. ditto on the other lids
  8. Using Chalk marker, write on your label and tie ribbon through top holes.
  9. Thread ribbon through bin and tie on the inside of the lid (backside of lid).
  10. Wire bin labels … complete!
  11. For the wicker shoe bins, using a large needle, I actually threaded the ribbon through the weaves (then tied on the backside of the lid).
  12. Shoe bin labels … complete!


My other labeling project was my Ikea Kvissle mail/paper organizer.

Here is was last week ‘before’:

Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge

KVISSLE BEFORE (label-less)


and now …


Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge



With some fancy metal bookplates (Michael’s … scrapbook ’embellishment’ aisle), spray paint, liquid nails, and chalkboard paint … I was able to label the compartments on this rack AND, because I used chalkboard paint and chalk marker, these labels are changeable (if these categories aren’t working with for us).



Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge



  1. Kvissle before
  2. Metal bookplate labels before
  3. Spray paint the labels (not pictured), then trace the inside shape onto your Kvissle in the location desired.
  4. Using chalkboard paint (I used grey), paint in the area you just traced (where the inside of the bookplates will be). This takes 3-4 coats.
  5. Once paint is dry, grab your liquid nails (or super glue).
  6. Apply liquid nails to back of bookplate.
  7. Stick in place over your patch of chalkboard paint. Secure with clothespin to allow glue to ‘cure’.
  8. Using chalk marker, write in your labels.
  9. Complete!


And one more look at the new bench, labels, and shoe bins …

Command Center Labels  |  View From The Fridge


Now, I just need a new rug that extends from the door all along the bench. Oh, and a robot that vacuums and mops, and washes the rug every time someone comes in from our snowy/muddy/messy garage (or Spring could just get here!!!).

And that’s my organizing for this week! Check out all my other ‘Dirty Little Series’ posts and projects here.

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend! AND … be sure to stop back tomorrow for a fun surprise (oh, say around 5pm CST). SO EXCITED about this announcement / party (hint, hint).



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  • Reply Sonnet @ Sohosonnet February 14, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Wow!!! I love that bench it is gorgeous. Perfect color and “look”. I also love the labels! Of course I love the chalkboard ones but I am really excited about the bright yellow scrap oiling ones… I’m totally using that idea thanks!!
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    • Reply Katie February 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks, Sonnet! The bench was cheap, too!! I had my eye on one from CB2 for $200 … This one was only $72, and is way bigger! Hope your weekend is going well!
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  • Reply Chastity February 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I love how you made the labels – makes me want to get more organized! I would love for you to share this on my link up party going on now at
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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) February 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Gorgeous! The command center looks amazing! I LOVE all of your labels! Happy Valentine’s Day!
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    • Reply Katie February 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks, Angela!! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!! Hope you’ve thawed out a little down there :)

  • Reply Angela Parker February 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I love these! I wished I was more organized. I love how the results turn out. Great job!
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    • Reply Katie February 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks, Angela!!

  • Reply Antionette Blake February 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I love it, you are so organized! Thanks for coming back this week and sharing with us at the #WWDParty – Happy Valentine’s Day.
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  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life February 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Love it all! I’ve been waiting to try the lid labels since Jen revealed them. Yours are just as cute!
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    • Reply Katie February 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Ha! Thanks, Melissa! I do love her ideas!

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney February 15, 2014 at 11:57 am

    This area is turning out great, I love all the labels especially the ones using the lids. That is such a clever idea. That bench looks great in that area, I wish I had an area in the house to put a bench.
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    • Reply Katie February 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks, Courtney!! Wish I could say the labels were my idea, but I totally saw them on I Heart Organizing and LOVED them! I was just waiting for the perfect place to use them!

  • Reply Melanie February 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    LOVE THESE labels…and those baskets with liners….too cute! I’d love to have you link up at my Skip The Housework party, live now!
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    • Reply Katie February 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks, Melanie!! Just linked up, thanks for the invite!! Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  • Reply Amberly Steele February 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    These are so cute!!!
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  • Reply Crystal @My Blissful Space February 19, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Love the command center and the labels! I follow Jen, too, and thought those were adorable! 😉

    • Reply Katie February 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks, Crystal. I appreciate the comment! Hope you’re having a good week!

  • Reply Cindy@Diybeautify February 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Cute labels, love the idea!
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  • Reply Sarah MSM February 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I LOVE this! I wish we had space for a mudroom center similar to this… I love organizing and labeling things 😉 Thanks for sharing and for linking up with us on our last Weekend Wind-Down Party (I’m late browsing due to a move!) – hope you link up again this weekend! God Bless!
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    I love this so much, you’ve been featured on The DIY’ers today!

  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY February 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    This idea is fantastic! I am now kicking myself for all of the spaghetti and jam lids I throw away. I’ll be saving them from now on!
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    • Reply Katie February 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Thanks, Katie! Too bad I totally got the idea from Jen at I Heart Organizing! I loved them … couldn’t help but copy her idea! Thanks for stopping by!

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