Next to the bulletin board you see a fabric curtain... what's behind the curtain? I got a crazy idea to cut a big hole in our old cabinets. I can't reach to that far corner of the cabinet from the other side, so I figured it could be better used by some art and writing supplies from the back instead. It's been working out pretty well so far! I keep a stack of paper, a caddy of pencils, markers, glue, scissors (most used items) on the top shelf. On the bottom shelf are extra pencil boxes of crayons and colored pencils, and a basket full of old magazines for cutting things out of and a stack of the kids' drawings. There are always stacks of paper and drawers full of artwork all over our house (a post for another day). So now it is covered up by a curtain simply velcroed to the cabinet.
If we ever repaint our cabinets (a dream I have that will probably be postponed by the cold weather) then we will cover the backs with wainscoting, thus hiding the mess we made of the cabinet. We might also be able to use one of the doors I took off of the top cabinets to create open shelving (I can share that in another post too) and make it an official closed cabinet for our art/homework supplies. Now that we're used to the cabinet I don't think we'd want to lose that space! We used to have a 3-drawer cart there but it was kind of in the way and cluttered looking.