Firstly, I’m kind of a cheapo. I oogle magazines and stores but rarely splurge on the goods. I’m unwilling to pay $45 for something I’m going to fill with pens or $3,000 for something I’m going to cover in dog hair and crumbs. Not that I don’t have my moments (I totally understand when a killer pair of shoes or beautiful lamp whispers in my ear 🙂 ) but on the whole, I try to be discerning and if I can, use what I have.
But, I wanted something to wrangle some of the clutter in our office. I had a cork board and a small silver cup but they were not so attractive and did nothing for the room. I saw several pieces that were adorable from places like Pottery Barn, Target and Etsy, but none that were as personal or cheap as I was hoping.
I was walking through World Market when a barrel of clearance wrapping paper jumped out in front of me and yelled, “Hey you! Look at me!” In it was a beautiful printed roll with a metallic brown, teal, gray and olive green…the exact color palette of the office (thanks to my love of green, my dream of gray, my existing wall and desk colors and my husband’s love of the Jacksonville Jaguars).
Yay! I scooped it up for $2.59.
I got home and gathered my supplies: wrapping paper, white paint, paint brush and thumb tacks. After some very poor measuring, a bit of positive energy and a lot of fake-it-til-you-make-it efforts, I had a brand new board!
The only thing left was my boring and too small votive holder.
I needed something more substantial…
So I grabbed the wrapping paper remnants and my soup can and went to work.
I’m so pleased with the cheap and easy make-over. I’ve had it in the office for some time now (you got a sneak peek of it in my Housiversary series) and it still makes me smile.
So, what about you guys? Any quick and easy make-overs that you are proud of?
ps-I’m off to do laundry, which will be easier once my laundry basket loses 18 pounds…