Maybe it's the former teacher in me, but I love having an organized (and pretty!) desk to work at. I didn't have a desk in my kitchen in this house, but after we repurposed our Broyhill entertainment center, I realized I still had an old console table that matched in my basement that was just begging for some Rustoleum Heirloom White paint. And our family was in desperate need of better organization for our paperwork and planning. We needed a kitchen desk!...
After painting the table, I had a piece of plexi-glass cut for the top at Lowes to make a nice smooth work surface. I put some pretty scrapbook paper under the plexi and love that I can now change that out whenever I feel like it. I bought the white Martha Stewart organizer at Staples and filled it with file folders from Target. Every family member has their own folder, as well as the school info. we need at hand. This alone has been great in keeping us organized.
I also added a shelf for some often used binders and magazine files (dressed up with washi tape). The white magnet board is from Ikea. I also added some stick-on, battery powered lights under the shelf.
Now that we have everything organized right here, where all the family activity happens (in the kitchen!), I can't imagine how we lived without it. It's the planning center of our home. Come see the rest of our kitchen here!