Office Organization: Chalkboard Magazine Holder

I started remodeling our home office shortly after Christmas when I realized running up and down stairs for supplies that were scattered in multiple rooms was not going to cut it. It was great exercise for the quads but not efficient when you’re running a home based business. One of my goals in remodeling the studio office {I'm hoping by using the word "studio" it brainwashes you guys into thinking that I am bona fide professional artist} was to have a place for everything and that includes all the craft and biz magazines I have lying around. When we first moved into our home we had purchased this magazine rack from Ikea.

{SPONTAN Magazine Rack in Silver from IKEA}
It served its purpose well in our previous office but it was a bit too industrial looking for the style I am trying to achieve in the new “studio”. So I decided to freshen it up a bit by busting out the good 'ol white spray paint.

Then I spotted these miniature picture frames in the dollar section at Michaels.  I had an “aha” moment when I laid eyes on them and the bonus was they were an additional 80% off.

They were a fun color but I wanted to bring in some other colors from my “studio” so I removed the backs of the frames and spray-painted them a nice, light khaki color. Then for my “aha” moment  {which don’t come often enough}, I remembered I had some large oval chalkboard labels lying around just waiting to be used.  So I traced and cut out three-square shapes from the labels.  I hot glued the labels to the backs of the frames.  Then I took my chalkboard frames and adhered them to the front of the magazine rack.

{Peek into my "studio"}

Tada! I’m really happy with the way it came out and I am always delighted when I get to reuse things that are lying around the house.

Chalkboard decals are all the rage right now and I can totally see why! Chalkboards are an easy and fun way to personalize, organize, and decorate your home.  You can find all kinds of chalkboard “ware” on Etsy at stores like Braden’s Grace.

Isn’t it easier to stay organized when you have somewhere fun and pretty to put your stuff? I’m thinking chalkboard frames on the front of magazine baskets would look cute too!

I’d love to share the whole “studio” remodel with you someday but I am warning you I am very slow and meticulous in the way I decorate.  So you may need to stick around till like 2014 to see it.

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Stephanie @ henry happened said...

How cute is that? I love the little chalkboards. I've been meaning to head over to your shop ... think now is the perfect time! :)

Unknown said...

I absolutely LOVE this! So cute! Saw you on Dittle Dattle and I'm loving your blog - I'm your newest follower now! : )

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

Stop it right now!!!! What color is your studio office?????

Mine is called "soft jade" and it's a minty, aqua, type color. Yours looks eerily similar... Could we really be THAT alike? ;)

Regina of Live Delightfully

Liz Taylor said...

This is Liz from Projectnaptime. I posted about your Pier 1 giveaway and what I bought! Thanks again. It was so much fun to dream and then go buy! said...

I love it!! So cute and so creative! I can't wait to see more pictures of the studio! It looks adorable!

Beth said...

Such a cool transformation!!! It looks totally different and awesome in your studio!

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

cute! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional party going on now. There is a really great giveaway going on with it. I hope to see you soon!

Ashley said...

way cute girl!!! i love it:) great job:)!!!

Anonymous said...

That is such a good idea! I have reading "Getting Things Done" and it has a whole section on office organization and I have been brainstorming ways to "cute-ify" his system. This will totally work!

I saw your blog on Crafty Creations and I'm definitely going to follow you now! Would love if you would check out my blog:

- Molly

Kaitlin Saenz said...

I love this! It looks so great! Thanks so much for linking it up to my {re}create into something new blog party! Hope to see you next week for some more awe inspiring transformations!

Kaitlin--The Not So Simple Housewife

Joan V said...

Thanks for sharing your organizational tip and recycle tip. I love to repaint and redo anything to update my space. Love the little picture frames with chalk board.

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

I love the chalkboard idea. I used little chalkboard decals to label my filing cabinet in my home office. It worked wonders.

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Jami said...

Hey Jennifer!
Thanks for linking up your great magazine holder at the Tuesday To Do Party last week! I'm trying to get caught up after finally getting my commenting issues resolved!
Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I have this same magazine rack -- fun idea ;) Might have to copy cat you!! It would be great to keep my kids homework, etc in it

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