Thursday, February 20, 2014

Home Decor Part Two: My Mini Office

Well this isn't the first time I made a post about my desk and I'm sure it won't be my last. I just love to change things around and as trends fade in and out, I like to switch it up. Everything you see here is very affordable, easy to replicate and can be changed to your own personal style. My goal while doing these home decor posts is to try to stay as low-end as possible....I want you be able to recreate this look without breaking the bank. The desk, the chair, the file folders, the magazine holder and the gumball machine are all DIY projects that took a few cans of gold spray paint and a little patience. I also have a lot of thrifted items hanging around when it comes to home decor items. There are so many unique pieces you can find and so many ways you can refurbish them. Thrifting is my favorite place to start, but if I can't find exactly what I'm looking for, I'll move along to Ikea, Target, Home Goods, local boutiques or craft stores. 

All the details for this post are at the bottom :) 


Your holy grail for all of these DIY projects (below) is Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in Pure Gold:

The Desk: The desk is actually two separate pieces from Ikea, I found it was cheaper this way. Online (here), the table top and legs are shown as one unit, but in stores, they're two different pieces to pick up. The desk legs are the only part you'll need to spray paint.

The Chair: You guessed it, it's a cheap $17 chair from Ikea (here), I chose the swivel bottom and the white top. Online, the top and bottom are shown as one unit, but in stores, they're two difference pieces to pick up. The swivel bottom is the only part you'll need to spray paint.

The File Folders: I have a separate blog post (here) from a while back taking you step by step on how to recreate these.

The Magazine Holder: You can find this rack at any office supply store, I found mine at Staples. I could only find a black one so naturally I sprayed it gold.

The Gumball Machine: Amazon and Ebay are great places to search for vintage items. I found this vintage mini gumball machine on Ebay for $10! I took all the pieces apart and just made sure to lay them all in order so I knew how to put it back together....and again, spray. Need to find cheap mini gumballs to place inside? Wegmans has an amazing candy selection, I bought all of the gumballs shown for about $0.80!

Desk Accessories: 

Tape Dispenser (similar here and here)  ||  Thrifted Milk Glass (Take a look at thrift stores, ebay & amazon)  || Apothecary Jar (similar here)  ||  Business Card Holder (here)  ||  Candle (here)  ||  Picture Frame (here)  || Hustlin' Mug (here)  ||  Trashcan (Ikea in-stores)  ||  Hurricane Glass Jar (here)  ||  Fake Flowers (here)  ||  Initial Mug (here)  ||  Permanent Markers (here)  ||  Colorful Phrase Pencils (here)  ||  Mechanical Pencils and Pens (Target dollar section)  ||  Confetti Wall (here)

*Always have sweet treats standing by for those "freak-out" moments* 
*Fabulous desktop wallpaper by Aubrey Kinch, (here)