Saturday, February 22, 2014

Decorate Your Office Space {Part 1}

Remember the days of decorating your locker?  I wish I could find an old picture of mine- covered in pretty papers, magnets and don't forget... pictures.  I've always been a big fan of pictures.  Just because I am an adult now, doesn't mean that I don't still want to "decorate my locker" so to speak.  That's why I want to share with you a little work-space inspiration...

This "Decorate Your Office Space" post will be featured in two parts.  Today is the desk (drawers and computer) and next week will be the walls!  Next week may include some freebies, so don't forget to check back!

I love my job.  I love what I do and I love my co-workers.  I don't however, love the boring space! I've been meaning to dress up my space for a few months now and just haven't gotten around to it.  Once I put my mind to it, this overhaul took no time at all!

Sure the desk serves a purpose, but who doesn't love a little color?  What about those drab walls?  Yes, there are some flowers up on the wall but there is nothing personal about it (they will probably come down).  See those fuzzy slippers under the desk?  Those aren't part of the overhaul, they are just a good thing to have if you don't wear boots in the wintertime and your feet are cold under the desk!  The day I brought those in, my co-workers asked if I was "moving in"!

Here's what I did:

-Wrapping Paper
-Tape & Scissors
-Glittery Ribbon
-Scrapbook embellishments (optional)

For the desk drawers:

STEP ONE:  Cut the wrapping paper to just larger than the desk drawer.  The paper will need to wrap around to the back of the drawer front.

When you open a finished drawer, the paper should wrap around, as seen above.

STEP TWO:  Holding the paper up to the drawer, draw a line where the handles (or other holes) are.  Cut these spaces out and slide your large cut piece back over the drawer.

Try to cut the hole as close as possible so that none of the wood or metal shows through.

STEP THREE:  Tape the paper onto the desk drawer!  Wrapping paper is thin enough that regular scotch tape works fine.  I taped the top, then each side and then the bottom, making sure that it laid flat as I went.

STEP FOUR:  Fill in the empty spaces.  Some holes (like the ones for the handles) will create a bare spot.  Simply fill this by cutting a rectangle to fit and taping it in.

On the printed paper, the tape doesn't show up unless someone is inspecting it.

The solid paper however, shows the tape much easier.  For the most obvious tape spots, I simply attached a scrapbook embellishment to cover it up.  Looking back, I would have used all prints or attached the paper with some double sided tape instead.

STEP FIVE: Finish off the desk drawers by adding any other embellishments that you like.  I LOVE Heidi Grace Designs, she is seriously the BEST scrapbook embellishment designer (they have fabric too!) I've ever seen.  I have a lot of her stuff.  All the embellishments seen here are from an old collection of hers (honestly, these pieces are my least favorite in the collection and still cute!).  The rest of the collection features her signature "heart" and tons of "wood" pieces- perfect for my rustic wedding scrapbook!  Anyways... add them where you like.

That's it!  The computer is even easier.

STEP ONE: Cut the glittery ribbon to just larger than the length (and/or width) of the computer screen.

STEP TWO:  Add tape to each end.

STEP THREE:  Tape the ends around the back of the computer, making sure that the ribbon lies flat against the edges of the computer.

Seriously, it's that easy.  Who knew such a big update could be done this quickly?

Want to see something unexpectedly fun?  As I was taping the flower print onto a desk drawer, I looked up and saw that my Tervis cup (I'm addicted to these!) had the EXACT. SAME. PRINT.  Really.  The colors, the flowers and everything.  If I held the cup "just right the lid actually matched up with the solid color on the other desk drawers.

I guess the person who bought me this cup really knows my style well!

I am loving this new fun desk!  If you are still in school, you can use the same technique to decorate your locker as well!

Since everything is taped, it is easy to take down and causes no damage to the company's property.  I hope this inspired a few of you to "Dress Up Your Desk"!

Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann


  1. Beautiful post! I love the colors. So Spring like! Since this post is so bright and beautiful, I wanted to nominate you for the Sunshine Award. I nominated you on my blog, and I would love to see your answers to the interview I created. Check out my post The Sunshine Award at Can't wait to hear from you :)

    1. Sorry for the late response, I've been away from the blog for a few weeks. Its been crazy! I would be happy to answer the questions. I'm on my phone right now but will do this when I get home. By the way, I love your blog. It's beautiful and the topics are so fun!

  2. Very nice desk setup.... so you do blogging in this computer table right?

    1. haha actually no! This was my desk when I did social work at an office. Most of my blogging is done on our living room couch- ha! (which also has a much better dress code- pajamas!)

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  4. Very nice post. My daughter has this office space at home and it looks like a complete mess. You would really not think that it belongs to a girl. I hope because of this post, my daughter would be inspired and use her creativity to design her desks / office space.

    1. Don't let this fool you, my car looks like I live in it! I think we can all be messy in different areas. haha I hope your daughter can use this idea to inspire her own special flare to her space! Feel free to share finished pics with me on the facebook page too (I love to see those!)

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