Wait, did I say that right? The old is in? It sure is, thanks to websites like Pinterest and Etsy many people have found re-purposing furniture the new ‘it’ hobby. I know I definitely have. It makes you think of all the furniture you tossed out and if it could have been revamped or tweaked into something greater that served a different purpose.
I work in the Integrated Design Solutions Department and have come across quite a few reconfigure projects in the last couple of months. Several dealerships have wanted to salvage their old panels and desks to reconfigure a new space or accommodate more employees. I consider these projects a challenge or puzzle. It’s a matter of taking the old and useless and turning it into something better. This got me thinking that it’s not too far off from a picture I came across of an old HON filing cabinet being used as a planter. I found this to be so creative and inspiring. How many other objects at work or home could we revisit and completely change the purpose of? Take these vertical filing cabinets that someone took the drawers out, gave it a new color and used each drawer space as a place for a plant.
So in hindsight, maybe it’s not such a great idea to donate those old filing cabinets that you have stored in the basement. Maybe all they need is a little TLC and a new purpose.
Sometimes, your office just needs a good update. Maybe you’ve had the same chair for five years or maybe that filing cabinet is so unexciting it makes you want to cry, but it’s not enough to buy all new things. I love doing DIY projects for the office, and even the simplest changes can really update your workspace’s look and feel. Here are a few easy DIY projects and easy updates that will turn your office from drab to fab!
If you want to give your black office chair a little update, add a fun pillow! It will add some color to your seating, and it’s great for your posture. Plus, you can update your chairs look several times a year with new pillows.
Maybe your office came with some unappealing art, or maybe you’ve just had some lying around your house, but either way you can still utilize the antique wood frame it came in. This DIY is a little more labor intensive since you’ll have to remove the backing and picture from the frame and then lay in the cork board, but the result is so lovely!
Office supplies, especially office supplies that were bought in bulk, have the reputation of being a bit bland. But with a little spray paint, those boring desk accessories will now be the most exciting part of your space!
Even if your office isn’t full of cubicles, it’s more than likely all of the desks look the same. Not a bad thing (the HON Voi™ Laminate Desking Series is really attractive), but it does run the risk of becoming repetitive looks wise. Change out your standard desk accessories for a few unique and still functional pieces, like an owl mousepad or a cheeky desk organizer. These are easy to change out and still provide you with everything you need for your work day!
Which office update will you try?
Few things are as rewarding as a DIY project. Let me clarify— few things are as rewarding as a completed DIY project. Big difference. Below are some of my favorites via our “DIY Office” board on Pinterest.
*Disclaimer: I have yet to actually try any of these DIY projects. I am hopeful that this blog post will inspire me to take the plunge… stay tuned!
Cover a cookie sheet with fabric, and you have a magnetic board.
Colorful keyboard makeover with masking tape.
Fun way to spruce up plain desk accessories.
Buy inexpensive frames, paint the frames, and paint the glass with chalkboard paint. Cheap & easy!
A quick update with a Sharpie paint pen can bring this lamp to life.
Old book spines glued to a box- great idea for hidden bookshelf storage.
Quick and easy dry erase calendar out of old paint samples.
Cover containers with cork to make fun and practical pencil cups.
Take something you really love- letter, envelope, photograph, ticket stub- and take it to a printing place and have them blow it up for you to hang as wall art.
Re-style your wireless internet router by camouflaging it with a vintage book.
Now it’s your turn. What DIY projects have you completed lately?