I keep losing things. I make the piles and then I move the piles and then I put them in a basket and then I put the basket on a shelf and then I forget I put the stuff in the basket in the first place….and then I start all over again…AND NONE OF IT IS organized!
On top of my usual topsy turvy creative disorganization we recently had wood flooring and carpet installed upstairs and had to empty EVERYTHING out of all the rooms. I don’t even want to talk about my daughter’s closet. It seems any perceived neatness wound up in the alternate universe of her closet. Boy was I duped!
BOTTOM LINE I REALLLLLLY WANT TO GET ORGANIZED NOW
Ya think this is how Cybil drove Deniro mad in Taxi Driver?
Back to the desk and my lack of organization….So I got to thinkin about some band aid color file cabinets I had down the basement and did a quick Pinterest search to consider my options. I don’t know what we did pre-Pinterest, P.P. but I do know it took longer.
Lovin’ this Pottery Barn inspired desk from My Passion for Decor
and this rustic makeover from An Inviting Home
I knew I just had to copy the gold bling on this great workstation from Over the Big Moon
Rustic and Bling – the perfect marriage
During my travels at good ole Lowes I found some gold toned lag screws that worked perfectly with the metal bar I spray painted gold. Ta Da, Yes!
I used an inexpensive hollow core door ripped to the depth of the file cabinets, and stained it walnut. The top is sealed with General Finishes High Performance topcoat which is AWESOME. I used it for the first time on this project and can say it’s my new favorite topcoat. The directions say to use a paint pad but I didn’t have one and used a foam roller used as brush by dragging it across in rows. No lines, no bumps, no bubbles.
Things are certainly lookin’ up. If only I could find the missing little screws for the last file cabinet handle. How does that happen? I swear those screws must be hanging out with one of my missing socks. The file cabinets are parinted with DIY chalk paint in Navajo White. I’ve still got to repaint the room and trim, and also deal with the wires everywhere. The current color is Shaker Beige and it’s pretty beat up.
Last time I was at Ikea I grabbed a few packages of their Lenda Curtains for messy closet girl’s room.Not sure if I’ll use these in here.
I’ve already got turquoise floral drapery in this room. My daughter says we have a somewhat girly house so I’m going to attempt to cater a little to the men around here….not sure that’s gonna happen though.
Decisions, decisions…Hobby Lobby has this greek key trim for close to nothing per yard. If I do keep the floral drapes I could add this colorful desk chair from Hayneedle for a punch of color.
Manchester Tan, the color du jour around here, turns out to be the perfect griege for this house. I only had to try a gazillion colors to figure out what works with the gold and orange tones I already have in the floors and cabinets.
(watch for my upcoming post on best paint colors for ORANGE cabinets)
I can’t wait to start putting it all back together.
Mission Organization has begun!