Disclaimer: Soleorganizer, LLC is not to be held responsible or liable for any issues that could potentially occur when painting and mounting objects to the wall within the space that you solely decide upon. Be sure to read the instructions carefully before trying this creative DIY project and the instructions on all suggested supplies.
Over the last few years, I've really been tapping into my creative side. They say if you want something that doesn't exist, then you should create it. So, that's exactly what I did but I will get to that shortly.
Like many others, I work a traditional 9-5 (yes, I work full-time and run my business - are you impressed? lol) but I believe that your work-space should be organized [duh], fun, inviting and encourages you to be productive. Why? Because you are going to spend majority of your life, sorry I meant to say time in your space and you should at least enjoy being there. If your office space is bland and dry then that can definitely stifle your work flow or impact your productivity in a negative way. So, I adorned my office with items that showed my personality - simplicity but organized with a dash of creativity.
The first picture shows a gold-sequined letter 'J' that I purchased here and that sign pretty much sums up my personality - lol. A friend gifted that to me for my birthday a few years back. The second picture is an organized wall-space that I created. I actually made the canvas and black ribbon memo-boards to hold up small memos that are special to me. The last picture is a sign that motivates me (another DIY project made by my friend) to keep going, be productive and intentional. I also spray painted these mini elephants which was a nice touch.
I purchased this painting from Target a few years back and when I moved into office space, I thought it would be a great addition. However, the spot next to the painting, was covered with this blue, adhesive putty that was used to hold up previous artwork. It looked like someone tried to remove most of it but there was still a good amount left behind. I'm very particular about things being in order and neat - and one day I just had enough of looking at these blue dots on my wall. It drove me crazy and it was really messing up my feng-shui. My plan was to cover up the blue putty that was left behind but I also didn't want to spend a lot of money on this project.
After a few days of brainstorming, I decided that I would use that space to store my keys and work badge. I didn't have a specific storage place for them and when I would arrive to work, I would just place my keys on my desk and as an organizer, I preach that everything must have a specific storage place. So, I have to practice what I preach. I did some window shopping but didn't commit to making any purchase. But then my fellow organizer Naisha, of Brownstone Closets - messaged me on Instagram and asked if I lived by an A.C. Moore which I don't but I've seen them in other areas of Maryland. The next message she sent me was an image of jumbo-sized clothespins because she had seen my creative work with transforming clothespins into magnets.
I told her that I liked them and that was pretty much the extent of the conversation. Well, let me you something, the Universe will send you what you need exactly when you need it. It was about a week or two later that I checked my PO Box and low and behold Naisha, mailed me a huge box of the jumbo clothespins with a note saying "get creative!" I literally, was taken a back and so grateful because that was such a thoughtful gesture and believe it or not, we've never met! We became cool via Instagram and have encouraged one another along this journey. So, I took Naisha's advice and created my own key and badge holder. By the way, social media is a great tool if you know how to utilize it properly.
So, the first thing I decided to do was spray paint the clothespins a gold, metallic color. The color gold is so rich and also complements the painting. I used Krylon 'gold, metallic paint' which I had purchase from Hobby Lobby for about $3.29. However, be sure to go online and check for coupons because there's normally a 40% off coupon. You're welcome!
Next, I purchased the Scotch 'clear mounting strips' from The Container Store. The great thing about working full-time is that my job is located right around the corner from DC's - Container Store so I'm in there quite frequently. The 'clear mounting strips' were really inexpensive and cost.. The next day at work, I simply peeled back one of the 'clear mounting strips' and applied one adhesive side to the back of the clothespin. I made sure it was evenly placed and then removed the paper from the other side of the strip and gently placed it on the wall. That's it. It literally took me 15 minutes to do that.
The End Result
This project was so fun and didn't take a lot of time to create. You will need the following if you would like to re-create this project:
- paint (if you want to add color to the clothespins)
- a blank space to mount the clothespin
- Scotch 'adhesive mounting strips'
- jumbo clothespins - similar to the A.C. Moore clothes pins but from JoAnn Fabrics
If you've been following me for a while then you know I like to reiterate that getting organized doesn't have to be expensive and this project is a great example! Another reason why I loved this DIY project was because the clothespins can also hold paperwork, pictures or other small items. So, the project is very functional. If you re-create this project then I would love to see the end result and be sure to tag me on Instagram: @soleorganizer and use the hashtag #organizewithsole!
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