Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Into Action - My Desk - Week 2

This is week 2 of 3 of the Spring Into Action project party where 12 blogs have joined forces to motivate each other, and hopefully those who visit, to complete a project that we need to see through to completion. 

I chose to share my desk make over and am excited to show with you the pieces and colors that I am incorporating in this space to make it more functional, organized and pretty.

This clipboard is the color inspiration I shared with you last week. I had talked about the desk being the place from which I manage bills and other paperwork as well as kids' school papers; the place from which I blog, work and study.


This is the desk as it was until a few days ago. I had begun contemplating ideas to organize and beautify this space back in the Fall as I was heading into a hectic holiday season.

I thought the back panel was a great spot to make over and a great place to start - I looked at the 56" x 18" as a blank canvas. It has been begging for some color and I would not be me if I did not put something colorful up there and so I decided to add fabric - a soft furnishing to a room with a lot of wood.

For the past couple of months I had these pinned to the board from a selection of swatches I had ordered from I narrowed the fabrics down to these two because I liked the colors against the Mountain Lane by Benjamin Moore on the walls.

Then I picked the one I liked best because of the off-white background which would lighten the space - I found the one on the right a little too busy so I picked this one and I liked how it looked in the room with the paint on the walls.

It is Premier Prints Traditions in Natural/Sweet Potato.

Here are the fun desktop/hutch items I have put together - some already owned, some purchased.

1. Edible Arrangements vase in quirky shape in turquoise, from Goodwill - new
2. Toast rack from Etsy shop, Bluebell
3. Floral fun little bowl from Goodwill - new
4. Premier Prints Traditions Natural/Sweet Potato fabric - new
5. Two's Company clipboard
6. Hollywood Regency mini waste bin from Divine Orders - new
7. Task clips from The Container Store - with 'Send', 'File' 'Do' and 'Read' on them
8. Bejeweled letter opener from a local gift store
9. Green basket on sale from The Container Store

I am sure you can guess what the toast rack will be used for!

This week I picked up this double pocket from Staples. It is part of the Martha Stewart - Home Office with Avery - line, in white.

About 10 days ago I pinned the fabric to the panel with nailhead trim purchased here. It comes in a long strip - 10 yards - with every fifth nailhead requiring a nail (included in the pack).

It was not too difficult to get this installed.

 I first pinned the fabric to the back panel using pushpins..

...and then began to fasten the strip to the fabric with the nails. I did not need a tool to cut the metal when I reached a corner. I just bent the strip back-and-forth until it snapped apart.

And that is my project update. So far so great!

I hope you like what you see. I am excited!

If you missed last week's post on the introduction to this project party go here.

Now it would not be a party if it were not for these other lovely ladies so please head on over and check out their wonderful projects.

1. Suzy – Saved by Suzy

2. Tiffany– Living Savvy

3. Kerry– Design du Monde

5. Cathy– Room Rx

6. Carrie– Hazardous Design

7. Sam– The Junk House

9. Jean– Flower Hill Design

10. Nancy– Powell Brower Home

11. Linda - My Crafty Home Life
If you require any help with Interior Decorating please click on the tab at the top of my page marked 'Services' or click here for further details.

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