Angela Ploetz

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Desk Drawer Makeover

by Angela On June 19, 2012

Ooh, ahh, isn’t that a picture of beauty, inspiration, and organization?!  Well it is for me because that’s my desk drawer.  But it wasn’t always like this.  Oh no, just a few short days ago it looked like this….

Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Enough was enough!  I know this may look bad, or maybe it doesn’t, but this drawer pretty much looked the same all the time.  I use the items in the front half of the drawer pretty regularly, but the items in the back (like the old coaster, address book- really?, old packets of eye glasses wipes, bracelet, and old iPod case) I didn’t even know they existed!

So I emptied out the entire drawer and grouped everything together.  Then I reduced by getting rid of what I no longer needed.  Then I evaluated the situation- an empty drawer as pictured above.  As you can see, my desk is old, I guess you might call it an antique.  It was the first real piece of furniture I ever bought about 16 years ago.  My little desk that could needed a little something to make her feel special again.  I knew I had a few options so I bought both options to test out.

Option 1 was the new Martha Stewart Home Office line from Staples.  I had been drooling over those bluish-green boxes since I first laid my eyes on them in March.  It was time for those babies to come home!  Since I had evaluated what items I had and made a list of my “must have items” in my drawer, I had a pretty good idea of which boxes to purchase.

Not so fast!  Let’s look at Option 2.  When I measured my drawer and I measured the Martha Stewart products I knew it was going to be a very close fit and there was a BIG chance the lovely blue-green boxes would not fit in my old, warped, probably never square or level drawer.  So I had my plan B in place.  Several months ago I ran across the completely awesome contact paper pictured above by The Macbeth Collection at my local grocery store.  It was very random, I even did a double take and went back to the aisle to look at it.  This was the perfect opportunity to use this paper!  So I purchased these clear Linus Shallow Drawer Organizers from the Container Store. Normally I love these, but they just were not working in this drawer with the sizes of the contents.

So in the end, I went with the Martha Stewart boxes from Staples AND the yummy contact paper from The Macbeth Collection peeking through the back.  As it turns out the lovely blue-green boxes fit perfectly, I don’t think a hair could fit between the boxes and the sides of the drawers!  Also, I decided I did not need one of the boxes that was show in the picture of my first try (the fourth picture down).  That box just wasn’t being used well and the items could easily be moved to other locations.   In case you are wondering the color of the boxes is actually called Shagreen on the Staples site in case you are looking for it.

I LOVE my new drawer system!  What do you think?  Could you do a little mini-makeover of your desk drawer? What would you do? What would you use?

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One Response to “Desk Drawer Makeover”

  1. […] I’m not sure how to explain this, but my office is almost complete and I still felt that using the Olio Board helped me see the room in a different way and helped me see what was missing.  It made me realize that I needed a few more touches of silver.  Like that really sweet Sabrina table lamp from Z Gallerie.  I am hoping to show you real pictures of my office in a few weeks!  Then you can compare the Olio Board to the real space!   If you want a peek at my office you can see my post from a few weeks ago of my super fabulous Desk Drawer Makeover. […]

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