Some tips on beautifying your office space… the DIY way!

As it’s Spring I’ve been busy organising my home and, in particular, my work space. I don’t know about you but I can find office supplies quite drab and so I’ve put together a few tutorials showing how you can jazz things up a little. The best part is these are budget friendly… always a winner with me! Before I share these tutorials I just wanted to show you what I discovered when planning my diary the other day…

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Feeling highly bemused, I contacted Paperchase just to let them know. They were incredibly apologetic and sent me a gift voucher in order to replace the diary! I actually find the diary to be quirky and a good ice breaker during meetings so I had no intention of replacing it. Instead I bought an insulated coffee cup as I never get round to finishing hot drinks before they turn cold… one of the perils of life with a small child! I also bought a matching pen because, well, why not? They do make sitting at my desk a lot more fun. Here’s a pic:

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Aren’t they pretty? Hats off to Paperchase for top customer service. It just goes to show it’s worth taking the time to feedback to businesses.

Now on to the tutorials. My work space was in dire need of memo boards as my ideas are written all over the place or cut outs from magazine tacked onto the wall. It was a bit of  a shambles, to be honest. My work area is in the dining room, which, funnily enough, also functions as a dining room and a play room for my daughter. There is the potential for utter chaos in this room so good organisation is imperative. That said, there is no need to be dull.

Tutorial 1: From drab cork board to painted frame and fabric memo area

Materials:

  • Framed cork board
  • Masking tape
  • Paint and small brush
  • Fabric
  • Pencil or tailor’s chalk
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Upholstery pins

 

This is my memo area before... not pretty!

This is my memo area before… not pretty!

Take your memo board (also wanted to re-vamp my chalk board so it's included in this step) prepare it for painting by  placing masking tape on the edge of where you would like to paint. Then paint!

Take your memo board (also wanted to re-vamp my chalk board so it’s included in this step) prepare it for painting by placing masking tape on the edge of where you would like to paint. Then paint!

Place your fabric over the board and mark the area you would like to cover. Cut out your fabric placing your scissors about 1 or 2cms outside of the line. You will use this excess fabric to created smooth lines.

Place your fabric over the board and mark the area you would like to cover. Cut out your fabric placing your scissors about 1 or 2cms outside of the line. You will use this excess fabric to created smooth lines.

Iron your fabric, folding the edges where you marked them.

Iron your fabric, folding the edges where you marked them.

Secure the fabric with upholstery pins. Hang your boards on the wall. Lovely!

Secure the fabric with upholstery pins. Hang your boards on the wall. Lovely!

 

 

Tutorial 2: Clipboard re-vamp

Materials:

  • Clip board
  • Decorative paper
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting board
  • PVA glue
Take your plain clipboard

Take your plain clipboard

Place it on top of your decorative paper. Using your craft knife and cutting board, cut around the outline of the board.

Place it on top of your decorative paper. Using your craft knife and cutting board, cut around the outline of the board.

Cover the clipboard in pva glue.

Cover the clipboard in pva glue.

Carefully place your paper over the board then press firmly, from the bottom up. Once you reach the top, use your craft knife to cut around the the clip. Firmly press the top of your paper to the board.

Carefully place your paper over the board then press firmly, from the bottom up. Once you reach the top, use your craft knife to cut around the the clip. Firmly press the top of your paper to the board.

 

 

 

Tutoral 3: Chevron memo board

Materials:

  • Cork board
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Masking tape (to create stencil)
  • Measuring tape/ruler (optional)
Take a plain cork board and create a stencil using masking tape. Once I had created the top chevron I measured the distance between the points in order to make the next row. Paint the areas in between the masking tape.

Take a plain cork board and create a stencil using masking tape. Once I had created the top chevron I measured the distance between the points in order to make the next row. Paint the areas in between the masking tape.

Leave to dry then remove the masking tape... I was a little impatient here and it shows.

Leave to dry then remove the masking tape… I was a little impatient here and it shows.

Hang on the wall.

Hang on the wall.

 

 

 

Tutorial 4: fabric covered cork board

As I mentioned earlier, my work area is in a multi-functional room. I wanted to tie in the decor to keep it looking as uniform as possible so I decided to create a lovely area for my daughter to hang her art work on.

Materials:

  • Cork board
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery pins
  • Tape measure (optional)
This is what you will need before you begin.

This is what you will need before you begin.

Cut out your fabric so that it is slightly larger than the area. You want to have enough so that it covers the edges of the board with enough fabric to tuck under itself.

Cut out your fabric so that it is slightly larger than the area. You want to have enough so that it covers the edges of the board with enough fabric to tuck under itself.

Pinning as you go, tuck the fabric under itself. You may wish to use a tape measure so that the pins are evenly spaced.

Pinning as you go, tuck the fabric under itself. You may wish to use a tape measure so that the pins are evenly spaced.

This is how it should look at the end.

This is how it should look at the end.

I had some coordinating fabric so I decided to cover three boards in total.

I had some coordinating fabric so I decided to cover three boards in total.

I think they look much smarter than regular cork boards.

I think they look much smarter than regular cork boards.

What a lovely gallery!

What a lovely gallery!

 

That’s all for today! If you follow any of the tutorials, please do share photos of the end results.

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