Monday, September 17, 2012

Client Space--Customizing Office Accessories

Today I wanted to show you a little something I had been working on for a client's business. She owns a swim school and one of the offices' walls are almost all glass--meaning just about EVERYTHING in that office can be seen by anyone who walks in the building. So she asked me to not only help get rid of clutter and organize the space but to do it in a fun/decorative way. {Yipee!} I have to say, for me that is the only way to organize-to not only make it functional but pleasing to the eye as well. It is MUCH more likely to stay organized when it looks great too. Am I right?

 So I thought I'd give you a sneak peak of one of the projects that has gone back into the space and looks pretty cool if I do say so myself. This project consisted of 4 very inexpensive cardboard magazine boxes from Ikea, teal paint which was already the color of the office (the name escapes me right now but I will make sure I remember when I show the entire room reveal later this week), paint tape, foam brush, ruler, and a pencil.

First thing I did was measure out and mark/draw 2" stripes with a pencil.

 Once my lines were drawn (in very light pencil), I placed painters' tape along side the lines.

I did all the taping first so that I could somewhat line up the stripes on each box.

 Then I took the foam brush and simply painted the stripes. This needed two coats and I tried to paint away from the tape so that nothing seeped through. 

Once everything was dry I was able to remove the tape and wa-la!  A couple minor casualties, but nothing you can see from a distance or a little touch up paint can't fix. This is a very simple way to add a little fun pop of color and to customize your work space. Stay tuned for the entire office reveal sometime this week!



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20 comments:

  1. Thanks Susan! I am planning a remodel of a space in my home that will become an office. I'm going to remember this! Stopping by via The Dedicated House.
    http://www.the-finishing-touches.net/

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    1. Thanks Laurie Ann! Hope it helps give your office a little pop of color! Thanks for stopping by!
      Susan

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  2. So cute!

    Your blog looks so good!

    I'm hosting my first linky party - would love for you to join in:

    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com/2012/09/weekend-warmth.html

    Thanks,
    Bobi

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    1. Thanks so much Bobi! I will stop by and hopefully share something!
      Susan

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  3. This is great! Im gonna try this with my magazine holders at work! They're just ugly brown now lol. Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. Fantastic! Don't you love paint? Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! I do love paint! It is by far the easiest way to make a huge impact! Have a great week!
      Susan

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  5. These are so adorable! Just love them! I like how organized doesn't have to be boring :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! I totally agree that organizing doesn't have to be boring at all!
      Thanks for stopping by!

      Susan

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  6. Not bad for project starters! Good job on the magazine boxes! Please do keep as updated on the entire project!

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  7. Thanks! You can check out the remaining project here at: http://achievingcreativeorder.blogspot.com/2012/09/client-space-organized-office-space.html

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Susan

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  8. The stripes look amazing! :) It's always ideal to work in a space where everything else is personalised according to your own tastes. Cheers! :)

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    1. Thank you! And seeing the title of your site, I'll take that as a real compliment! Thanks for stopping by! Susan

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  9. I love these!!! I am planning an Ikea trip next week and am going to have to get some magazine files to paint! Love it! Great idea :)

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    1. Awesome! It is such an easy and inexpensive way to create a functional pop of color! Good luck! :)

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  10. Fantastic idea of customising your office accessories! They are all unique!

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  11. Just came across your blogspot and I've been wondering if you could paint over the cardboard magazine holders/boxes; now I know it can be done and this project will go on my list of things to be done after it gets warmer aso I can go out into the garage and do this. One can co-ordinate them with your home office space. I have a lot of 3 ring notebooks full of 30 years plus of genealogy research and they are a lot in a bunch of mismatched notebooks..Some I bought,;some were given to me; some I bought from thrift shops or yard sales..Can the notebooks be spray painted on the outside so they'll all look the same color? The ones that have clear plastic covers couldn't but there are some that I think could be. It would be costly if I wanted to replace them with a new one in the color I want. Probably have about 30-40 various thickness.

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