Office Makeover Ideas to Inspire Your Best Work
Give your office a makeover that's equal parts useful and beautiful. Creative storage solutions and vibrant colors amp up any office space. Try these DIY solutions to put an end to your workspace woes.
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Spectacular Office Overhaul
Packed with practical storage and design ideas, this pretty office is sure to inspire your best effort. Eye-catching updates and a special attention to detail give the room a colorful and creative appeal.
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DIY DesktopCreate your own desk with a fabulous pairing of rolling white cabinet frames and a wood desktop. Apply a thin coat of decoupage medium to the cabinet, working on one side at a time. Set decorative paper in place along the decoupage and use a brayer to remove bubbles. To seal the paper, apply three coats of decoupage medium to the entire side with a paint roller, allowing it to dry completely between coats.
Editor's Tip: Protect the clipboards with plastic sacks before spray-painting the clips gold.
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Spray-paint the pulls gold and add labels written in gold paint pen to trick out a cabinet. Be sure to remove the pulls before spray-painting to protect the drawers from the paint.
Tame Your Junk Drawer
Get your junk drawer in gear with these fast and effective organization tricks.
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Pine Plank Desktop
A single coat of gray-tinted stain gives the desktop a weathered look. Sand the pine boards so all sides are smooth; use a cotton rag to apply stain to the boards, wiping in the direction of the wood grain. Secure the three pine planks together by attaching a support board toward each end.
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Give your pine plank desktop a sense of stability with sturdy countertop brackets. Be sure to secure the brackets to the wall in studs to keep the desktop solid.
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Chalkboard Paint Calendar
Update an accent wall with a DIY ombre calendar. To start, lay out the grid using a tape measure, ruler, level, and chalk markers (ours is 32x45 inches with a half-inch space between each six inch square). Tape off every third square with 1-inch delicate painter's tape. Use a 4-inch roller to apply three coats to each taped-off square, allowing drying time between coats. When dry, carefully remove the tape. Repeat until finished. When paint is cured, add numbers to the blocks with chalk markers.
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Pretty Pattern Chair
A secondhand chair gets a new life with bright paint and a floral fabric. Remove the seat of the chair before sanding the frame with fine-grit sandpaper. Apply paint using a cotton cloth for a distressed look. Cover the seat cushion with a fabric remnant, stapling it in place on the bottom.
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Wire Basket Storage
Wrapping paper and fabric rolls stay on display (and close to hand) with our wire basket storage idea. To spice up the store-bought basket, weave long strips of torn fabric through the holes of a wire basket. Tie knots on the back of the basket to secure each strip.
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Creative Storage Jars
Sparkling storage jars brighten up any desktop space. To make, mask a portion with painter's tape and cover the open area with frosted-glass spray paint (which acts as a primer). When dry, add a coat of gold spray paint. Apply double-sided tape and coat with glitter.
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Hanging Filing System
Add labels to white metal mail files for a DIY paper storage system. We masked off all but a 1-inch strip using painter's tape and covered the area with several coats of blue chalkboard paint.
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Vibrant Paper Holder
A spray-painted paper holder, originally for a children's art easel, keeps a doodling surface nearby. Pick a bright, vibrant color that matches the rest of your decor.