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DIY Desk Storage: A Chest to Impress

The lovely Annie from annie hearts is stopping by today with a pretty little DIY organizing project!
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Hi organized people! I’m so happy to be here and showing you my project today.
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I found these cute little cardboard boxes at the thrift store and I saw insta-potential for office storage.
Office Organizer
I wasn’t crazy about the two different colors though, and the white one was yellowed a bit, as you can see in the middle drawer above. I also wished they were larger and chestier. More chest-like. You know what I mean. I wanted them to sit on my desk and have a bit of presence, rather than two separate sets of drawers taking up desk real estate, so I stapled one on top of the other.
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I got out my polka dot wrapping paper (that I got at The Papery, a local store in Ottawa), my X-Acto knife, scissors, and glue stick.
Cardboard Desk Organizer
I sort of just went for it with wrapping the little chest. With each individual “drawer” box, I got more of a system going.
DIY Desk Organizer
The little nook where you pull the drawer out required special care.
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I followed the lead of the manufacturer who made the original and cut little tabs so the edges would fold nicely over.

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Tip: When wrapping around a curve, cut small tab sections & fold over a little piece at a time for a smooth edge.

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I covered the inside of each box (I was seeing dots no matter where I looked at this point) & put my office supplies in each drawer.
office storage upcycle I put the chest on my desk in my white office. (Yes, that’s a bedazzled stapler and tape dispenser. My husband refuses to use either of them.) diy organizing upcycle, upcycled desk caddy
I love how the polka dots shimmer in the light!

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About Annie

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“Do what you love because how you spend your days becomes how you spend your life.”
I’ve been writing annie hearts in my head for years. Growing up, I was a wanna-be interior designer with grandiose schemes for my parents’ home, much to their dismay. I’ve been doing sewing, painting and refurbishing projects ever since my mom first sat me in front of a sewing machine and my dad taught me to use a paintbrush and a hammer.I got hooked on DIY blogs right around the time I bought the little house on the river. Seeing the before and afters, the transformations on a dime, I thought, I’d love to do that. DIY blogging had my name—and my house—written all over it.
And so it goes that I’m well on my way to spending my days doing what I love.
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2 comments on “DIY Desk Storage: A Chest to Impress
  1. Renee says:

    This is a GREAT idea!!!! Major Kudos!!

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