Anyone who has ever lived with me will know that I am both a hoarder and messy. Probably the worst combination. Being a hoarder breeds messiness but my magpie ways are a bit of a hangover from my art student days. I’ve got a little bit tidier as I’ve got older and got into a “grown up” relationship but I know I’m still messy by most people’s standards – especially my boyfriend’s who I’m eternally grateful to for putting up with me.
So when Room 4 Interiors, who sell stylish furniture solutions, got in touch with me and asked if I would like to take part in a Blogger desk challenge, I thought, perfect. My desk could do with a makeover and a good tidy as it’s constantly messy. It drives me mad. Plus, I thought I could combine some of the ideas I had from my Bedroom Storage Makeover upcycling competition.
Here are the guidelines from Room 4 Interiors Desk Challenge:
“We would like to challenge bloggers and writers to a desk makeover. With just £20 could you find creative, stylish and modern ways to transform their desk? The possibilities are endless and we would like to see what you can do….take a picture of your desk before and after, post it onto your blog telling your readers what you did, how you did it and how much it came up too with a link to Room 4 Interiors as the challenger. Remember to share your before & after pic onto Twitter with hashtag #Room4DeskChallenge”.
Storing my cotton reels neatly is a really big problem I have right now. I use cotton often for my projects and so I decided to upcycle an object into a cotton reel holder.
As the challenge states, I need to share a before and after picture. This is my desk. Before I created the cotton reel holder. I can’t believe I’m sharing this picture, I’m so embarrassed at the state it’s in:
My work space doubles up as many things: a make shift photography studio, hence the lights and the white paper, a place to make my RagnBow bow ties as well a holding space for any other projects I have going on. It’s needs organising!
Here’s how I made my cotton reel holder.
Step One: Source a Plank of Wood
I scavenged an old oak draw at a local junk shop and took the front panel off from the back box. It was heading for the fire so I saved it’s life
Step Two: Deer Stencil and Spray Paint
The oak panel is real solid piece of wood and I like the grain but I wanted to add some stencil detail to bring it back to life.
Step Three: Add Nails to Hold the Cotton Reels
In between the Deers I plotted out where I wanted the nails to go to hold the cotton reels.
Step four: Draw Handles
I wanted to keep some elements of the draw so I reattached some cute cat draw handles. I will use these to hang ribbons and other pieces of equipment from.
Step five: Add the Cotton Reels and Voila, the Finished Product
Here’s what the upcycled draw looks like finished and in situ:
How much did it cost?
Here’s a breakdown of the costs:
- Draw front: free
- Draw handles: £7.99 including postage
- Deer stencil: £7.59 including postage
- Nails: £2.90 for 50
I’m just under budget but it would have probably been over budget if I had used a new oak draw to upcycle.
What do you think of my make? Have you ever upcycled anything to save space and help declutter?
*Room 4 Interiors gave me £20 as a budget for this project.