Our office makeover may officially be the longest “mini” project ever!! Back at the end of last year and early part of January, we made some great progress in there. Then … nothing. I thought for sure we’d have the room ‘reveal’ done by early February. It’s late March … and I’ve got nothin’.
So, instead of completing the room by putting up shelves, building a new desk, or finding something to replace that Pampers box that is currently holding all the boys’ art supplies … I decided my priority was to give some Ikea magazine holders a makeover. Makes perfect sense, right? Baby steps here. That built in desk sounded way too overwhelming to start this week! Still holding out hope for some motivation next week, though.
So … a couple things I love:
- Anything color blocked (yep … I’m still on that trend bandwagon)
- Anything labeled
- Anything that helps me ‘look’ more organized
These magazine files now have all three of those things happening! My magazines that are usually laying all over the place now have a home. A nicely labeled home. AND … I have a place to put paperwork, receipts, kids artwork, etc when I’m too lazy to actually file it (hence … they make me ‘look’ more organized)! They also add some color to our recently very white and grey office.
Best part about this makeover? I already had all the supplies on hand!
Here’s what I used:
- Craft paint (my own mixture of ‘peony pink’ and orange to make a sort-of-coral color)
- Spray paint (the grey ‘TO FILE’ holder is spray paint)
- Vinyl letters from Target (poster making aisle). I love these letters! In absence of a Silhouette (hint, hint … my birthday is coming up), these are my go-to letters. I’ve also used them here on a Thanksgiving Burlap Banner, here on some Thankful Artwork, and here on some LOVE mugs.
Here’s the quick recap on the process:
- Draw a level line in pencil across your magazine holder to help align letters.
- Determine which part of the holder will be painted. (i.e. In the coral/pink holder, I was planning to paint the bottom half)
- For the letters that will fall in the painted part of your design, stick on the vinyl letters.
- For the letters that will fall into part that will remain white, remove the letter and stick on the vinyl outside of letter (forming a stencil)
- Tape off part that you want to remain white and paint
- Let dry
- Stencil your colored letters on the white part of your holder.
- Once dry … peel off the tape and stencils. Don’t worry if a little paint bled through. I just used an X-acto knife to easily scrape off the excess.
I haven’t entirely decided where these will go in the office. Maybe up on this shelf?
That’s it! Oh … and if you’ve been following along with my ‘Dirty Little Secret Friday‘ series, then just know that I’m counting this as my organizing project for the week. It’s not too far of a stretch, right?!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend, and be sure to drop by tomorrow evening for DIY Sunday Showcase link party (5pm CST).