I already bought the desk organizers but I found that something was lacking. I decorated the acrylic one with scrapbook paper and I thought that would be enough to meld into my office decor; but it wasn’t. I needed just a bit more style and finesse.
Since I couldn’t add decorative feet to the actual desk organizers; acrylic splits, paper tears; I decided to put each one up on a pedestal. I bought a primed plank of wood at Rona’s (or any hardware store) and cut it to fit my desktop organizers with a handsaw. I painted each piece to match the blue/brown/pink palette of my office, then added 4 acrylic drawer knobs to the bottom of each one, purchased from China, off Ebay, for $1.99 + $1.50 shipping.
cut, paint and drill holes in plank of wood
I’ve been decorating my office again and here’s how I styled 2 chemistry flasks with artificial flowers.
style flower vase
I put beads in the bottom from necklaces the kids had made at school then broke at home. A little ribbon and voilà.
I made jewellery storage for all my stuff in a previous post, except for this one bulky necklace that doesn’t fold very well; it has to be hung. I slept on the problem for a while and came up with this.
necklace storage diy
upcycle wine bottle
I painted the bottle then hot glued a small picture hook on the back (it’s round so what’s the back exactly? where the paint might have smudged!) and hung the necklace on it. I also put in 2 branches from my great outdoors that I wrapped in gems-on-wire garland.
I do calligraphy as well as sometimes dabble in charcoal drawing. I do calligraphy well and charcoal drawing for fun but either way I wanted a nice display piece for my tools.
I finished a large pot of Nivea Rain lotion so I drilled holes into the lid of the empty container, then painted it to match my decor.
I also scrapbook and make my own cards so I painted a box and stored them here, in my bookcase. The pen nibs box is from the Dollar Store and painted to match.
pen nibs and homemade birthday cards
yes, I have dip ink pens
Here’s what we moved in to:
laundry room before (washer)
laundry room before
laundry room before (dryer)
Basically a giant closet with the washer and dryer in it. Not a bad deal really but it lacked, shall we say, charm and any sort of class. Now we’ve moved in, we have shelving in the basement storage room so it was time to make the laundry room a decent place to frequent. I put all the extra traveling bags I had hung up inside a suitcase and on a basement shelf.
all the bags in here
Then all the hangers into a garment bag, also onto a basement storage shelf.
all hangers into a garment bag, to the basement
I removed the hanging bar, which wasn’t even screwed into a stud to reveal the shelf behind.To fill in the white wall without painting it I hung a large, blue-themed painting we had that was just hanging in the basement toy room. I got Hubby to push the washer ever so slightly further from the dryer so that I could wedge in a milk crate to store some of the laundry cleaning products.
a milk crate in between units
I put two 3M Command hooks on the side of the dryer, one for the black bag of missing socks, the other for the delicates washing bag.
I added plants, a diy scrapbook calendar I had made, and a lazy suzan that Hubby hated in the kitchen and voilà, a decent looking laundry room.
diy birthday calendar
laundry room decor
There wasn’t anything too too wrong with our master bed, but it wasn’t nice.
Our bed, headboard, and the “always kiss me goodnight” stencil left by the previous owners.
I can do better.
I measured the length of the headboard between the two posts, 58 in, and sewed a white, waffle duvet cover we had (from where?) to that length. I then hung it over the headboard and safety pinned it at the bottom, under the bed.
The stencil/decal had to go.
free new headboard
But what to replace it with? I couldn’t just leave all that empty wall space. I FINALLY remembered that I had 4 unused small decor mirrors in the basement closet. I used my new beepy stud finder, found 3 studs because this is THE house and I will be hanging things properly, and hung the mirrors.
The best news is that Hubby absolutely loves it! He usually just tolerates my decorating or thinks it’s “nice”, but this one got him.
In an effort to add visual interest to these future flower vases, I “drew” patterns across the front with a heavy Nivea cream. I used Nivea because it’s white and I can see what I’m doing. Vaseline would work too. I applied globs of the cream, shaped as crudely as possible, with my fingers, then trimmed it up with q-tips to smooth the edges.
use Nivea cream to block off portions of the bottle
wipe off Nivea cream once spray painted and you’ll have a negative image
I found these pieces of quartz in the swamp where we used to live in Eastern Canada. I had just laid them out on my kitchen window ledge but I wanted to up the ante. I took this Bunsen burner heater, yes from your first year chemistry class, and used it to help with the display.
window quartz display
My grandmother gave my sister and I some gorgeous pieces of jewellery to play dress up with. In my unpacking, I found them all. I wanted to have them out again since I had loved them so much, pretending to be a queen and such, but my kids are too young to be trusted with such things.
I reassembled any necklaces that had broken then bought two glass vases at the dollar store. I asked my daughter, who has taste in such matters, to help me divide the pieces between the 2 vases that we were going to display. This is the result and they’re in my kitchen window. I always look at them fondly.
reuse childhood jewellery
I cut a blue shirt my son outgrew into thin strips and crocheted them into a chain.
reuse t-shirt crochet
I hot glued the chain around an empty tea bag can I had painted blue to match.
reuse t-shirt to decorate can