Last time I talked about our home office, I’d just hung the new curtains. After that, I got to work on a super easy project: a fabric covered corkboard. I bought the corkboard from Michaels (using a coupon) and the fabric from Hobby Lobby (also using a coupon). It’s the same fabric on my dining room chairs. I was glad to be able to incorporate it in another room. I think the pattern has impact but is not too busy, and it’s not too feminine so it works for an office that is for both of us.
I just placed the fabric over the board and pushed in 150 tacks on the inside of the wood frame perimeter. Once that was done, I flipped it over and used a staple gun to staple the fabric to the back of board. I installed my own hanging hardware, two eyelet screws and wire. It didn’t take long at all and looks so much better than a plain cork board.
When I started putting the room back together, I realized I would need more lighting. After looking around at a few stores (see a few contenders here), I stopped at a garage sale, saw this brassy set with a classic shape for $8/pair, and decided I could make them work.
I even liked how they looked with just the primer.
But I went ahead with a super bold color and I’m loving it: Rustoleum’s Gloss Apple Red
It reminds me of this lamp from Target.
It’s nice to get a similar look for less, as those would’ve set me back $100 for two.
Overall, these were two really easy projects that didn’t take a lot of time or money. Remember, part of the challenge in the office is to spend as little as possible. So, here’s the running total with these latest updates added in:
Wall Paint – $33
Curtains – $11
Corkboard – $8
Tacks – $2
Fabric – $5
Garage sale lamps – $8
Spray Paint – $4
Now, I need to find two white drum shades (the one above is borrowed from another lamp) and hang some ‘must stay’ (as indicated by the husband) art.
Have you finished up any easy projects? I like the sense of accomplishment in a short amount of time!
P.S. See the office reveal here.
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