A Home (office) accessories facelift

14 Jul

We are now in full packing mode, and it isn’t pretty. Yesterday, we spent several hours packing. And 14 boxes later…we made only a small dent in the overall picture. :-/

So, I needed a break from packing and decided to give a few desktop (both for our home and for my home office) a facelift. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for some time, but it’s one of those things that takes a backseat to everything else going on in life.

I was using this glass jar with red lid in the kitchen as storage (the accessories in my kitchen are red). I found it at Meyer a few years ago and it served its purpose, but once I needed a container to put our “gratitude notes” in, this jar quickly got repurposed. If you don’t know what a “gratitude note” is, that’s because I made up the name. I don’t know what others call it, but basically, my husband and I write down all the good things/events/etc. that happen throughout the year for which we’re thankful. For example, we are thankful that he was offered a wonderful job and we’ll be moving to a new place soon to start a new chapter. At the end of the year, we’ll open the jar and read about all of the wonderful things that happened this year. It’s a fun way to remember what we’re grateful for and what’s really important in our lives. As you can see, we have a lot for which to be grateful ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_0633There is no red in our bedroom, so I knew I wanted to change up the lid a bit and avoid buying a new jar just to store our notes. See those little seed beads and that straight pin in the lower left-hand corner of the photo? Yeah, I’ll explain that in a minute.

Another piece I have had for years (at least since my second or third year of college), is this desktop organizer. I inherited it from one of my roommates after she moved, and I’ve always liked it because of it’s function and practicality. I like the clean lines of it, but I didn’t like the black drawers so much. As you can see, I haven’t done much “organizing” with it either. Please ignore the dust!


IMG_0636See those empty shelves in the background? Yeah, that was part of our 14-box haul we have packed so far. More to come on moving and packing tips in another post! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This little gem was collecting dust…and apparently other things I lost/dropped at some point??!

IMG_0639How did I do this? Yeah, I have no idea. I’m sure some of these beads fell from my bead storage container. The straight pin is a total mystery to me.

I picked up some spray paint this week (Rust-oleum’s Painter’s Touch in Granite) and a spray grip. The paint has a satin finish, which I liked for this shade of gray (yeah, I’m sure that’s one of the 50 shades…ok, lame joke–but I had to!). I highly suggest the spray grip. It made the job soooo much easier than it would have been without it, because I had to turn the can a bit to get the paint underneath the small handle on the jar lid. It also helped me to control the amount of paint I was spraying and it came out very evenly. Worth the extra few dollars!

IMG_0634I did one quick light coat and then went back over each piece afterward with a second coat. The can advertises “2x coverage” and I agree. It definitely didn’t take much work to paint these three pieces. After about an hour, I checked to see how they looked and I was really pleased with the result. Here’s how they look now.


IMG_0648As you can see, the lid is no longer red and I think it will look nice in our bedroom on a shelf now. The red stuck out like a sore thumb before, but this gray matches our sheets, so it should look great!

IMG_0644And I really like how the drawers turned out. I think the granite is a much nicer color than the black, which always showed any finger prints. This also forced me to organize the envelopes and “thank you” notes for my business, deposit slips, paid invoices and my agenda. Such a simple change already makes me happier to look at this thing on my desk. It wasn’t on my desk before–mostly because I’d forgotten I had it. Hence, the dust! I am not sure if I like the natural wood color with the gray or if I’d like to paint it white (or even a bright color to contrast with the granite drawers).ย What do you think? Would you paint the wood, too?

So, there you have it. Two very (!) simple upgrades to take my mind off packing and to check off two things from my DIY “to do” list.ย What’s on your list that you’ve been putting off? Do you plan to finally check it off your list this summer?






Posted by on July 14, 2013 in DIY, Interior Design


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