Wednesday: Do it Yourself Challenge!

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to change up the winter blues into summer vibes in the office. No better way than to try a few inexpensive crafting ideas that I know will get your attention. We are going with pastel colours just for the light and airy feel that coincides with the upcoming season. Let’s check out a few exciting office makeover ideas.

This idea comes from Miss Jen at IHeartOrganizing.com:

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“Together we came up with specific cut measurements, based on the amount of space we had available in the cabinet, the thickness of the boards and the number of open slots we needed.  We also ensured the opening to the organizer was wide enough for paper to slide in at landscape orientation.

Each opening would be 12″ wide, so Bryan cut four boards at 12″ wide by 10″ deep.  We had right around 11″ of space between our cabinet shelves, so he cut two more boards for the sides of the organizer at 10 1/2″ high by 10” deep.  He then measured and marked the two end boards where each interior board would evenly be located.

 

For the following steps, we actually took it back apart a bit to show what we didn’t photograph while initially making it (that is why you already see shelves lined with paper above).

Once the boards were cut and the lines were drawn and his holes were marked, Bryan pre-drilled through the side boards and interior boards to prep for the screws.  It is OK if the holes chip a bit; we have a solution for that in a minute.

After the holes were pre-drilled through the side and into the shelving, we used flat head screws to put the piece together (I believe they were just some regular drywall or wood screws). The pencil lines easily wiped away with the help of a damp magic eraser.

 

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If you have ever worked with white Closetmaid pieces before, you may know they always come with a baggie of little white screw caps.  We had a drawer of these on hand in our storage room, saved up from a few previous organizational projects.  If you don’t have any on hand, they are easy to find at most home improvement stores.

We pressed the plugs into the flat head screw with the help of the round end of a screwdriver (a hammer would also do the trick).  These caps will clean up any drilling marks and hide those dark screw heads.

Lastly, we wanted to put the finishing touches on all of the unfinished edges of the white melamine boards.  The boards and the iron-on edge tape are both 3/4″ thick/wide.

 

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We pressed the plugs into the flat head screw with the help of the round end of a screwdriver (a hammer would also do the trick).  These caps will clean up any drilling marks and hide those dark screw heads.

Lastly, we wanted to put the finishing touches on all of the unfinished edges of the white melamine boards.  The boards and the iron-on edge tape are both 3/4″ thick/wide.

We cut the tape close to the length we needed to finish the top edges, snipping it just a bit long on both ends. While a utility knife easily sliced the excess tape for a nice and clean finish.

A heated iron (with no steam) only took a minute to set the adhesive portion of the tape.  I like to collect label holders from local thrift and antique stores when I see them, because I know I will always have projects that require labeling.  I dug through my bin of labels and came up with some that were just the right size.  They were initially an older silver finish, so they received a little gold gilding.  A little more pre-drilling and we affixed the labels with some very small escutcheon pins.”

 

 

 

This idea is taken from Kristin at AllThingsThrifty.com:

 

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“I found a filing cabinet at Goodwill awhile back for just .99 cents, so of course I brought it home. Functionally, it was exactly what I needed. Aesthetically, not so much. Last week, it was finally time to give the cabinet #thefroscheffect.
I removed the hardware before I took a before picture, but it basically looked like every single other metal filing cabinet you’ve ever seen–you get the idea.

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I washed scuff marks with a sponge and Pine-sol, but that was the only prep work I did. As I always do, I made my own chalk paint with BB Frösch Chalk Paint Powder. I had my local Home Depot paint guy mix a sample jar of Behr paint in Benjamin Moore’s “Pacific Grove Pink.” Most Home Depot paint counters have the color formulas for other paint brands, which makes it super convenient to get whatever color chalk paint I want! I also used a can of leftover Rustoleum Metallic gold spray paint. I also used four table legs I found at Home Depot for this project. They cost about $3 each.

I marked and drilled holes on the underside of the cabinet so I could screw the legs in after everything was painted. After removing the hardware and drilling the holes, I painted one thin coat using cross-hatch strokes. Cross-hatch strokes help with the self-leveling properties of chalk paint so that the subsequent coat(s) will settle in for a nice, smooth finish. The first coat should be thin and won’t look like awesome coverage, but it is important when painting metal (or other less-porous surfaces) to simply get a thin coat of paint on and not overwork your brush. Overworking your brush or trying to paint too thick of a coat will lift your paint as you go.

After I painted the first coat, it occurred to me that it would be easier to paint without the drawers in place, so I looked up a video on youtube. Turns out, removing filing cabinet drawers is embarrassingly simple! Just press up on the bar on the underside of the drawer as you pull the drawer out, and it will slide out easily!

 

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Once the layer of chalk paint on the legs and hardware was dry, I sprayed one coat of gold spray paint over everything. I painted the second coat after about an hour and decided to wait until the next morning to touch up any areas that needed a third coat. Waiting the extra day made a huge difference for the paint to bond! I gave a quick pass over the whole cabinet with 400 grit sandpaper to give it a nice, smooth finish.
Then, I waxed with BB Frösch Premium Clear Premium Finishing Wax. And, just like that, I have a super cute new filing cabinet to go with the sign in my office!”

 

Thank you ladies for the wonderful ideas! These pieces would look great in any office, and would definitely appeal to those who are ready for the warm weather! It has me thinking of open windows and warm breezes bustling into my office. Creativity is contagious! I hope it bites you this week;) Happy Wednesday everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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