This past weekend I was running through Marshalls and Target looking for some fun office supplies. I purchased a 2017-18 planner in a beautiful peachy coral color, and a notepad that has a floral print by Clementine Paper, Inc.
Then it hit me.
I want to revamp my work space at home!
What could be more motivating than a fresh look? I’m thinking designer look-for-less. So I scoured Pinterest and found an office look I like that would fit into my little office corner, and I went online to find some similar items to bring a similar look together.
Here is my inspiration wall:
I’m pretty sure it originates from Pottery Barn, so I’ll give them the photo credit. Now I like the look, but I really don’t like how much it would cost me. I can’t go all-in Pottery Barn unless it’s on super sale or Santa brought me a gift card. So, I shopped around and found some items to put a similar look together:
At the top of my inspiration wall is the light fixture. It can be a little updated with these brushed nickel wall sconces I found here at Home Depot. Not only do I love the finish, but I especially love the Edison light bulbs!
The top row of the command center is a bit of a DIY project. It includes a lattice fabric board, cork board, and magnetic chalk board. It’s a little tricky finding the same length for all of them, so I’ll share my DIY hack with you. I found most of these items on Amazon*, and I think the look is pretty comparable. We’re looking for all three to span the width of a desk below it. If you have a long desk (about 60 inches), you can hang them horizontally side-by-side. If it’s a smaller desk, you can hang them vertically with or without a space in-between, and they’ll just go higher up on the wall. Make sure to measure your wall area twice!
This 16”x20” black wood frame will frame the cork board and blackboard, so you will need two. They’ll give it a sharp and finished look around the edges. You can check them out on Amazon* here – it also has a good review.
Cork foam boards are a great option to use in a black wood frame. I once purchased cork squares without any kind of backing, and I couldn’t use them because they were so thin! My push pins went right through to the wall. These have a foam backing and can be found here on Amazon*.
Next is the blackboard. Again, we’re going to use this with the black wood frame above. This is a roll of blackboard material, kind of like contact paper. It works well, and it comes with markers. You’ll have to cut this down to fit in the frame, but then you have over 4 feet left to do what you want! You can cut them into squares to make a wall calendar, or I adhered a piece to the wall in the kitchen for my kiddos to write on (why should mama have all the fun?).
Here’s a tip: I purchased a roll before, and want to tell you it’s good to have a smooth surface to adhere it to. I don’t recommend sticking it directly to the wall unless the wall is really smooth. If you want the blackboard to be magnetic like in my inspiration picture, you have to have a layer of metal underneath the chalk.
I found a 16”x20” metal sheet at Walmart here.
If it’s out of stock, you can also find it here on Jet.com. (It’s available on Amazon, but for a higher price.)
And here are the fun tins for your office supplies! They’re magnetic and can hold items like paper clips, thumb tacks, and rubber bands. You can purchase them at Bed Bath and Beyond here. A lot of these magnetic tins now have a holes in the lid to use as a spice “shaker” in the kitchen. These shouldn’t, but just double-check to be sure.
Now, unless you want to pay a lot, or you want to make one of your own, one of the only places to find a quality made fabric board is on Etsy.
There a LOT to choose from, but I chose this one from ourSHINEdesigns on Etsy because they have a variety of pretty burlap color options, and their shop has many happy reviews. You can find the Burlap French Memo Board in their shop here.
We finally finished the top row!
The lower part of the wall is something you can custom to your needs and style. It has a couple items like the shelf + key hooks and black pocket folders that I’ve actually seen at Marshalls, TJMaxx or Homegoods if you live near one. The pocket folders even come in galvanized steel or black wire. I actually didn’t look for any of this when I was at Marshalls this weekend, but I might go to the Homegoods near me this week to see what they have.
I’m going to wait for the dry erase calendar too because it all depends on what I find.
Stay tuned 😉
I’d love to hear about your DIY office projects
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