Stylish Drawer Liners

Guys! I’m finally organizing my desk! I’m not brave enough to show you what my drawers looked like before today but take my word for it when I tell you, it was scary.  I wanted to get in organized with some drawer organizers. While on the hunt for the perfect organizers, I found the most perfect wrapping paper and well, as they say, the rest is history.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I think drawer liners can be a super cute aesthetic touch to any piece of furniture. Of course, I’m sure there is some purpose for them other than just being darling but let’s face it, I like darling, so that’s why I decided on drawer liners for my desk.

Since we all like darling, why is it that true drawer liners just aren’t? One of life’s great mysteries. Until one of us comes up with the perfect line of gorgeous drawer liners we’ll just have to improvise… with wrapping paper.

Yep, wrapping paper ya’ll! So pretty, super cheap, and will take you less than 20 minutes to line 5 drawers!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

I found my striped wrapping paper from Marshalls. Does this not have Chelsea written all over it? Nautical feel? YES PLEASE!

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

So to make the drawer liners all you need to do is measure the interior of your drawer. Then, measure your paper to the same size. Measure multiple times you want it to be nice and snug.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Cut the paper to size. (Please don’t tell my sewing friends that I was using my fabric rotary to cut paper. I’m pretty sure that would get be banned from the sewing club!)

By the way, I have the IKEA ALEX drawer unit. The measurements for the interior are 20.5 x 11.5.

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Lastly, you want to secure the paper drawer liner. I did this quickly by using double sided tape. Double sided tape works well because it’s not permanent so if you ever want to remove it you can without a ton of effort.

How to Line Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Once I was done… literally 20 minutes later I did a little happy dance because really, who doesn’t love some beautiful blue and white stripes. Then I continued on my quest for desk organization…

Line Desk Drawers with Wrapping Paper

Mission complete. Now I’m off to line every drawer in the house… or take a nap.

Happy Monday!

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Furniture Makeover – Print Center from a Media Cabinet

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

I am soooo excited!

I finished a MUCH needed project and I’m sharing it with you today. It’s a before/after, furniture makeover, upcycle all in one.

My new Print Center from a Media Cabinet

DIY Print Center

Since I got my new desk my printer and Silhouette have been stashed in my dining room. I would have to pull it out, place it on the dining room table just to print. It got old fast. I had a vision for a print center where I could store my printer, Silhouette, and accessories. before and after print centerThen a few weeks ago while pursuing our (new) favorite thrift shop I spotted this old media cabinet. It wasn’t anything special but it was a perfect size and I knew I could make it just what I needed in a print center for my workspace.

Before getting down and painting this bad boy, we had to take off those doors. The cabinet doors came off, and we filled the holes with a little wood filler. Gave the whole thing a nice good sand and got ready to paint.

Chalky Paint Americana_edited-1

This project was a little more fun then usual because I got to try out a new (to me) paint line by DecoArt. The Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. It comes in tons of beautiful colors with lovely names like Everlasting and Yesteryear. For this project I went with a light gray, Yesteryear and a fresh white, Everlasting.

DIY Print Center Makeover

The paint goes on really smoothly with great coverage.

We ended up adding a shelf inside for extra storage and drilled a couple of holes in the back for cords (not pictured).

Chalky Paint Furniture Makeover

For protection, I brushed on Americana Decor Creme Wax.

Chalky Paint Creme Wax

The Creme Wax isn’t like anything I’ve used before. It has a creamy liquid consistency but blends beautifully. A little tiny bit goes a long way. I’m not sure I’ll be able to go back to “regular” wax after this. I love it.

Furniture Makeover Print Center

This furniture makeover turned out better than I imagined – it’s the perfect print center for my workspace. It allows me to keep my print/cut tools handy without taking up valuable desk space.

If you want to try out the new Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint it is now available in Home Depot and Michaels stores. It is also available for purchase online at homedepot.com.

You can also visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more information or check out more DecoArt Chalky Finish projects here.

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Linking up to some of these parties: Savvy Southern Style, My Repurposed Life, Not Just A Housewife

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Custom Chalkboard to Hide an Awkward Cutout

Yesterday I shared my IKEA desk and how it’s looking with my new workspace. I didn’t talk much about that giant chalkboard though. Not because I don’t love it but because there was more to the story. It’s a cover up!

Custom Chalkboardhide an awkward cutout with a custom chalkboard

You know we live in base housing and there are many, many things in this house that I struggle with. I’m careful to show off the pretty parts here on the blog but in reality there are many things in our home that aren’t what I would choose if I owned it. I’m sure lots of renters feel the same way. I get really excited when I find small ways to make our house feel more like us. This was one of those big “SCORE!” moments for me. Another point for me in winning the decorating contest against the rental.

This house was built in the 70s and although it’s been renovated there are somethings around here that are straight flashbacks. One example, this awkward cutout in the wall that separates the kitchen and living room area. I think the idea behind it was to keep an open flow between the kitchen and living area but it just ugly and awkward.

Hiding an awkward cut out

It’s probably my number one least favorite thing behind the ugly gray carpet. I always felt like I couldn’t keep anything on the counter in that section of the kitchen because it would be an eye sore from the living room. I finally had the bright idea to just cover it up. I thought about doing some DIY wall art but I knew this would be my workspace eventually so an oversized custom chalkboard seemed like the perfect solution.

Budget Friendly Workspace via Making Home Base

I made this chalkboard using the same technique I used to make the DIY Framed Map and the Hanging Chalkboard except on a BIG scale. I used my favorite stain Minwax Special Walnut of course. This custom chalkboard measures about 48 inches wide. It’s really big! I think the total cost was somewhere around $30 which is really great for something this size! I love using it to write out my favorite quotes, verses, or long lyrics. It’s really inspiring to see meaningful words not just while working in this space but just walking by.

Hide an Awkward Cut Out

Doesn’t it make such a big difference? You guys!  This is just one example of ways you can make your home feel more like you. It doesn’t have to be anything HUGE or permanent. Sometimes you just need a little cover up.

Thanks for visiting with me today! If you want to hear more about how I got this workspace for less than $200 check out this post: My New Workspace.

I’m sharing this project at these great parties: Home Stories A to Z and My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSavvy Southern Style, My Repurposed Life

 

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IKEA Desk and My Budget Friendly Workspace

Hello hello!

I’m so glad you’re here today!

Today I’m talking about my new IKEA desk and how I created a new workspace on a super small budget!
Ikea Desk My Budget Friendly Workspace for Less than 200 dollars

You all know that I like to do things on a budget. For me, living in rentals and base housing over the last almost eight years I never know when my office may have it’s own room or when I have to make a space for it in my living room like this space so spending a bundle is out of the question.

In our old house we had a little nook at the top of the stairs that was made the perfect compact office nook. This house doesn’t have anything like that. Since we don’t have a room that is a dedicated office I have to get creative when it comes to a workspace.

Since our living room is extra long we have a portion of it that hasn’t been used, making the perfect little area for a workspace.

Budget Friendly Workspace via Making Home Base

It all started with this IKEA desk. I’ve been through many desks in the last few years and this IKEA desk has to be my very favorite. It’s small but still functional. I love all the options there are when it comes to drawers and legs. I chose the Alex drawers with the Lerberg trestle leg. I wanted some storage to hide all of my supplies (ehmm… junk).

Small Work space on a budget

This chair has been floating around our house for years. It’s also from IKEA. I’d love to find a nice comfy upholstered chair for this space eventually but for now this one works.

Small Bright Work Space via Making Home Base

Since this workspace is technically part of the living room I had to find the perfect rug to define the space so it didn’t look like a random desk in the corner. I love this trellis rug from Rugs USA. It’s super comfy and the pattern is great.

Workspace on a budget via Making Home Base

Ah… accessorizing is my favorite part. I love this wood caddy from Home Goods. It’s great for holding envelopes and notebooks and other random supplies I might need within an arm’s reach. I also adore these little glass jars I got from the thrift store. I think they may have been candle jars at one point but I’m not sure – they are the perfect size for holding pens and pencils or little thumbtacks.

Small Work Space

And of course the biggest statement piece of the whole workspace is my oversized chalkboard! I’m going to share the details on that tomorrow. I have a secret about that chalkboard. Here’s a clue it’s not what it seems.

But here’s the breakdown on cost.

IKEA desk: Linnmon Desk Top: $15.99

Alex Drawers: $79.99

Lerberg Trestle Leg: $10

Rugs USA Trellis Rug: $83

Grand Total: $189

Less than $200 is not bad at all!

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I’m sharing this project at these great parties: Home Stories A to Z and My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaSavvy Southern StyleMy Repurposed Life

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Office Nook Transformed

Office Nook Transformation

So one of the biggest downers about living in base housing is you really don’t get to pick your floor plan. Sometimes I wish they were completely uniform all across the country. That way you would know what to expect when you arrive at your next duty station. No such luck. When we moved here, we took our house site unseen. Sometimes you have to do that if you want a place to live right away. And since my husband was going underway within days of our arrival here, I picked a house I had never seen just so I wouldn’t have to move in by myself… with an infant. And I say “I” because really he could have cared less which house we choose as long as it had a garage :)

So this house, has all sorts of funny quirks and one of them was this little computer nook at the top of the stairs. It’s a decent little space but I didn’t see it’s potential at first. When we moved in I took a chunk of the dining room and set up a craft/office space. I mentioned in my 2013 Home Goals post, which you can read here, that I wanted to turn my upstairs storage closet into my craft room. Well, that’s really a two parter and this is the first part. This little computer nook is right next to the storage closet that will be my craft room. My reasoning for doing so is two fold. One, my dining room is a cluttered mess and two, now that Miss P is mobile, I want to have a work space where I can watch her play safely. The dining room has no room for her play yard and this computer nook is right off her bedroom. So I can easily put her play yard in her room and she can play safely within my sight.

makinghomebase before and after

Our computer nook before had absolutely no function at all. For months it served as a catch all for many of the loose papers we have around here. That’s the thing with the military – tons of paperwork. See all those papers in the corner? This old computer hasn’t been touched in months. And my printer, oh what a paint that was. To print from my computer downstairs and have to run up here to take a look a document only to have it print incorrectly. I was constantly running up and down the stairs!

I wanted to make this space functional. An organized place where I can work without clutter, see my babe playing behind me, and still be fun!

I think I accomplished that with this little transformation. It was out with the old and in with the new in every sense.

Making Home Base Office Nook

For organization, I bought these little pails from the Target dollar section. I painted little chalkboard labels on them. They are great for holding anything. For now they are holding pens/pencils, washi tape , and chalk. Since I did the chalkboard labels I can change them out anytime I need to.

makinghomebase office nook

I created this little mail organizer. I have a lot of note cards and greeting cards that were just sitting in the pile of papers. I like to send little cards to my husband every other week, so having them all organized in this little metal tray is very handy. Also I love having them in plain view so when I’m thinking of a friend I can just quickly write them a note. Who doesn’t love getting mail? By the way, I picked up this little tray for $.50 at a yard sale. Good buy, huh?

office nook organized making home base

This little basket came from Ikea. I spray painted it aqua for a punch of color and it’s perfect for holding my little notebooks. When I was downstairs I had my notebooks laying all over my desk and they were constantly getting buried.

makinghome base office nook transformed

I love love love this magnet board. I got it three years ago from Ikea. It was black up until yesterday and then I spray painted it metallic silver. The new color gives it a whole new look.

makinghomebase office transformation

I framed a few book pages from one of my favorite books. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series anyone? They are so light and funny making them perfect for this space. To tie into the metallic magnet board I went with silver frames.

Underneath, I framed a little chalkboard. Perfect for writing little notes and making lists. I totally imagine my husband and I writing notes back and forth here. I know, cute, right?

Making Home Base Office Nook before and after

On the other wall, a couple family photos. No office space is complete without some family pictures.

Making Home Base Office Nook After

Okay, and lastly, I really wanted to get my printer off the desk. It took up too much space. I picked up this cube from Ikea (can you see it peeking out?). It’s the expedit wall hanging cube. Now my printer is cozy in it’s new home on top of this cube. And are you wondering where I put all those papers? I filed them all away nicely in a little bin.So there you have it. My office nook makeover. I seriously love sitting at my desk now.

Thanks for visiting with me today, friends! Have a great week :)

Linking up to these great parties and Coastal CharmFox Hollow Cottage, Design, Dining, & Diapers Organize It Link Party, Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern Style, My Repurposed LifeFunky Junk Interiors, The CSI Project

 

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