I’m pretty sure the trickiest part of any room design is the fine balance between pretty things and functional things.
Trying to stick to the guidelines that everything in a space has to be beautiful, functional, or sentimental is one thing but in an office space it’s always better if everything fits into at least 2 of those categories since space is often limited. And in an office space, especially for a work from home gal like myself, everything has to serve many functions: business, home, crafts, and storage of all things crafty.
So when it came to getting everything organized and easy to find in my new (and might I say quite amazing) home office I came up with a few really inexpensive ways to also add a splash of color and keep up the pretty meter.
To keep papers off of my desk, I created some fun little cork boards out of cork pot holders. I also have quite a few spiral notebooks where I collect ideas and take notes at conferences and they also needed a home where they would be easily accessible when I’m working.
So with my round cork pot holders and some unfinished wood magazine holders, both from IKEA, I grabbed a few different widths of blue painter’s tape and my craft paint and got to designing some fun splashes of color.
You can find really thin painter’s tape online and it is great for small details on projects like this.
The steps for both the cork boards and the magazine holders are the same.
Apply the tape to create your design. Be sure to press the edges of the tape down really well, especially on the cork, so that the paint doesn’t seep under the tape line.
Apply your paint. Let it dry if you are going to tape over your first color to do the next.
Remove the tape while the paint is still wet for the best result.
And that’s really it! You can see that these little afternoon projects added a lot of color and character to my work space and even better, they serve a purpose!
The large cork board was also a really easy DIY.