I have a beautiful, antique desk from my grandma. It is charming and it sits in my living room and I do use it, for storing files and bills I’ve paid . . . but I don’t use it on a daily basis. Why? Because I love my kitchen and end up stacking everything on a sweet little corner of the counter. I have a fear of putting things away until I’m done with them. Doug shoves things into drawers and I take them back out and arrange them on the counter. Papers from school, piano music, bills, notes from friends or family, torn pages of to-do items, grocery lists, dental appointment reminders, recipes torn from magazines and so on . . . the pieces of my life that I need to keep visible.
But I also really, really love a tidy space and do not enjoy waking up every Saturday morning to this:
Enter the portable desk–a reduce-reuse-recycle solution to the age-old problem of paper AND a great place to store all my beloved, decorative office supplies. I made a list of the items that tend to hang around and the tools that could contain them:
- files & papers
- magnetic surface
- cork board
- pens, tacks, paper clips and other supplies
- whimsy & hope
Starting with a cool-old-narrow-distressed door and adding some Benjamin Moore love (Oceanfront 660) to the panels:
Collecting came next: I scavenged through my own garage and went shopping in my dad’s, as well. Some of the spoils:
And the finished project, in a happy corner of the kitchen. Our home is small and the beauty of my new “office” is that it can move to an out-of-the-way corner when we’re having company over. Pick it up and go.
Check out the individual pieces:
And the best for last: baking pans that my dad cut, folded & stenciled. Perfect, perfect, perfect.
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