Office Makeover: Before

Office Makeover, The Crafted LifeThat’s right folks, I’m back with another week of makeover posts! Since our garage is done, it’s time to move into the house and fix up the room that gets the most use: my office.

Office Makeover, The Crafted LifeWhen we lived in SF my desk was directly next to our bed, which was really not ideal for working at home. Having this new dedicated work space is a HUGE improvement and I really wanted to make it my own. The start is certainly not as bad at my garage was, but it still wasn’t me. Continue reading…

DIY Ombre Pegboard

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: pegboard, drop cloth, Montana GOLD spray paint

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway


So, as you may know, I’m in the midst of an office makeover (here’s a sneak peek!). While digging through my boxes of supplies on a regular basis, it occurred to me that I need a better way of organizing some of my frequently used crafting essentials. And what better way to do that than with a painted ombre pegboard?

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY GiveawayYesterday I showed you how to use Montana’s acrylic paint markers to decorate a planter, but for today’s project, I’m using their GOLD spray paint. This line in particular is my go-to for spray paint. They really have the best colors (takes a few minutes of shaking just to mix all the pigments!) and the coverage is excellent. They’re giving away a small collection of both spray paint and markers to three lucky readers– keep reading to see how to enter! Continue reading…

8 Must-Try Pencil Cup DIYS

8 Must-Try Pencil Cup DIYSSince making a mousepad last week, I’ve been doing a bit of research on other desk accessory projects. I’ve come to the conclusion that my desk is about to get a one (or eight!) brand new pencil cups. And although I may have to buy more pencils, since you really only need a can and some paper or paint to make these, I think it’s only fair that I try them all.

1. Cross-Stitch Pencil Cup by Camille Styles
2. Ombre Pen Pots by The Lovely Drawer
3. DIY Desktop Organizer by Marisa Mangum for Freutcake
4. Color Dipped Pencil Holders by Frk Mayas Loft
5. DIY Gold Marbled Pencil Cup by Lovely Indeed
6. Geometric Pencil Cup by Sarah M Dorsey Designs
7. Leather Wrapped Pencil Cup by Creature Comforts
8. Paper Wrapped Pen Pots by Torie Jayne

Happy crafting!


DIY Mousepad

Time: 25 minutes + dry time
Materials: plant cork mat, spray adhesive, fabric, ribbon, scissors, E-6000 glue

DIY MousepadExciting news! In addition to contributing on Poppytalk, you can now find The Crafted Life over on Curbly! If you haven’t heard of Curbly before, it’s a site dedicated to sharing DIY projects for the home.

My office is in desperate need of a makeover, so for my first project, I turned a cork mat (used underneath plants to soak up water), into a mousepad. Click here to see the full tutorial!

DIY Mousepad