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Whether you are looking to motivate your team or just bring a touch of fun to your personal office space, inspirational quotes can spruce up any work environment and promote positivity.

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At The HON Company, we follow our GREEN initiative closely.  Whether it is our Comold seating using recovered wood fibers or our paint reclamation recycling overspray, we are all about finding ways to repurpose and recycle materials to keep as much out of the landfills as possible.

With this thought in mind, I wanted to create some fun artwork for the office that uses reclaimed wood and a couple basic materials that you can find around the house. I chose the phrase “Make Things Happen” as a constant reminder to strive to do my best every day.

Starting with a 2×4 piece of scrap wood, old pallet wood or leftover boards from a home improvement project, determine the length you wish your phrase to be, allowing a good inch on each end.

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Using a scroll saw, band saw or table saw, cut the wood to size.  I find when I am working on these types of projects, it is easier to cut several pieces and work on them in a batch. Why clean up the mess more than once, right?

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Lightly sand the edges to prevent splinters and add 1-2 coats of paint, allowing at least a half hour drying time between each coat.  I selected a basic black acrylic paint that I had on hand.  You can use acrylic craft paint found at any craft or super store or some leftover house paint.  We all have a few cans of this sitting around!

If you like the aged look like I do, once the paint is dry to the touch, sand it slightly along the edges using 80-100 grit sand paper or sanding sponge and hit the edges that would “naturally” be worn over time.

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I used a die cut machine to create my phrase.  Lay the sign vinyl out on the surface using contact paper or vinyl film release and press to adhere securely to your painted surface.  This takes patience and gentle pressure to adhere securely and prevent lifting.  Try using an old gift card or something similar to press it down evenly.

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If you prefer, you can use a contrasting paint color and stencil your phrase onto the wood. You can buy stencils online or at nearly any craft store. You can also create your own out of some cardboard and a sharp craft knife.  Paint your block with the 1-2 coats of the base color first allowing it to dry fully before layering the stencil color.  Follow up with your contrasting color, allowing that paint to dry fully and apply a light clear coat to make dusting easier if you used only paint.  Word of caution: avoid the clear coat if you used the vinyl technique as it can cause the vinyl to lift.

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As a finishing touch to mine, I used a gold paint pen I had left over from an old craft project and just touched the edges around the front to “glam” it up a bit.

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Place your finished masterpiece in your office space and enjoy!  These would make great additions to any conference room or community space in your office to promote teamwork and motivate everyone.

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What are some other fun quotes you could use?  Here are just a handful of ideas:

Dream Big- Work Hard

Together
Everyone
Achieves
More

Think like a Customer

Whatever the problem—Be part of the solution

Teamwork makes the Dream work

 

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With each season comes new office design inspiration. To add to Tuesday’s blog post, here are 4 more ideas to help you re-energize your workspace this winter:

5. It’s All About the Details

We all know that the small details are extremely important in many of your daily work tasks, and your office environment is no different! With HON’s newest lounge collection, Grove™, it’s all about the details. With multiple arm options, power capabilities, and 8 woodgrain laminate options, Grove will be sure to catch the eye of anyone walking through your space (at a competitive price!).

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6. Introduce Feng-Shui

Feng-Shui is becoming more and more popular, and for good reasons! It is said to help reduce stress, increase productivity, and enhance creativity. The best part is that it can be easy and affordable to add to any office environment. Try starting with some greenery in common spaces or a small plant on your desk. Ensuring access to natural sunlight is also a great way to embrace this trend. Consider adding café tables and chairs along the perimeter of your office space near windows; 2 great product lines to consider are Arrange™ tables and complementary Accommodate™ seating.

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7. Simplify Your Work Area

We’ve all heard the saying “less is more”. To keep things organized and maximize your workspace, HON has several accessories that coordinate with all of our products. Try using monitor arms to create more surface area, along with desktop file centers, credenzas or pedestal storage options to keep everything you need close and easy to access!

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8. Add a Personal Touch

It’s important to make time for personal interests and hobbies in addition to your professional passions. Perhaps you don’t get a chance to do this as much in the winter, but don’t be afraid to bring your interests to work.  Adding something as simple as a family picture, trinkets, or a keepsake that shows off your favorite winter sports team can bring a new energy to your office or workstation.

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What are some other ways you like to redecorate and re-energize your space during the winter?

Since the groundhog didn’t see his shadow and an early Spring is on the way, are you counting down the days until warmer weather, green grass and daffodils? Let’s take a look at the exciting Spring 2016: Pantone Fashion Colors and how you can incorporate them into your next HON project.

Spring 2016 Pantone Fashion Colors

Peach Echo, Limpet Shell & Iced Coffee

Peach Echo, Limpet Shell & Iced Coffee

Peach Echo, Limpet Shell & Iced Coffee

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Infinity Papaya
Seating Fabric Texture: Solace Maui
Seating Fabric Pattern: Syntax Turquoise
Laminate 1: Pinnacle
Laminate 2: Sheer Mesh
Paint: Muslin
Shell Color: Shadow
Panel Fabric 1: Mica Dove
Panel Fabric 2: Mica Cremini

Buttercup

Buttercup

Buttercup

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Beeline Sundance
Seating Fabric Texture: Expo Lemon
Seating Fabric Pattern: Habit Dune
Laminate 1: Mocha
Laminate 2: Brilliant White
Paint: Platinum Metallic
Shell Color: White
Panel Fabric 1: Landscape Urban
Panel Fabric 2: Landscape Maize

Green Flash & Iced Coffee

Green Flash & Iced Coffee

Green Flash & Iced Coffee

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Beeline Valley
Seating Fabric Texture: Boom II Foliage
Seating Fabric Pattern: Current Birch
Laminate 1: Harvest
Laminate 2: Brilliant White
Paint: Champagne Metallic
Shell Color: Lime
Panel Fabric 1: Hatch Canvas
Panel Fabric 2: Hatch Chroma

Snorkel Blue & Serenity

Snorkel Blue & Serenity

Snorkel Blue & Serenity

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Odyssey Inlet
Seating Fabric Texture: Boom II Klein
Seating Fabric Pattern: Synergy Denim
Laminate 1: Natural Maple
Laminate 2: Silver Mesh
Paint: Loft
Shell Color: Platinum
Panel Fabric 1: Sarto Mist
Panel Fabric 2: Sarto Ash

For more office design color inspiration, check out HON’s Pinterest page and visit our 2016 Color Inspiration boardHow do you plan to get creative with these colors?

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