Unexpected Secretary Update ~ Organization is Key

Unexpected Secretary Update ~ Organization is Key

It always catches you off guard; the moment you happen to step back take a look and say I need to do something about this right now. Even though you may be rearranging the dining room, trying to finish the playroom, and working on a valentine’s craft all at the same time, you halt all projects and start a new one.

Yesterday, this was my new project. I happen to be getting the little guy a snack turned around and saw this {yes, no color just red arrows} Even though I just got up from sitting on bench 3 minutes ago and I’d walked past at least 10 times in the last 30 minutes, something hit me and I had to fix this monstrosity stat. The problems from the top down; inaccessible storage boxes with stuff on top of them, folders pulled out and not put completely back, exposed wires {agh!}, Christmas gift stuck in the corner, a roll of toilet paper instead of running upstairs for the tissues, random chex cereal, shopping trip finds that need to be put away, messy paperwork thrown under desk so that it’s out of sight, and a bench cushion that’s on the to-do list to be recovered.

I pulled out an old metal farm basket that just happened to fit perfectly under the desk. Can I just tell you how much I ~love~ this basket and don’t know why I never tried it here before.
I put the storage boxes from the top shelf inside and tucked in the magazine holder, which I use to hold file folders. Now I can easily access these and put things away without pulling down a whole display…yeah!
The storage boxes are numbered so I can remember what’s inside {I just have the numbers down and thought they look better than labeled words}. They hold everything from receipts I need to keep to a few office supplies I don’t use on a regular basis. Great hidden storage.
Now that the top shelf was empty I needed something that I could use for storage and looked appealing. This reclaimed barn wood window box was the answer. I happen to be holding on to two of these beauties because I never wanted to use them outside. The chippy white paint and rustic look is screaming gorgeous to me.

I found this crown hanger at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago and for $1.50 had to snatch it up. One of the hangers was broken off but that was not a problem…I had a plan and this project was the perfect place to execute it.

I simply broke off the other hanger on the opposite side and attached it to the center of the window box ~ You can’t even tell it was suppose to have three hangers.
I placed two mercury glass finials on each side of the box and the top shelf was done.
The second shelf is mainly taken up by the computers cpu. It’s not that pretty but works for this space. I had just enough room to put the burlap bin {made from a diaper box, yes, really ~ tutorial here} and a basket on top for unpaid bills and unopened mail.
I have always disliked the area behind the monitor ~ It was plain and lacking color and style. I had two 8X10 canvases that fit perfectly on the ledge and filled in the empty space on each side of the monitor. I covered them with some extra fabric I had left over from the bench.
The fabric was just stretched across the canvas and stapled to the back.
Perfect little fill in
I picked up these ornate bookends a while back. A little paint and distressing and they become a great accessory to frame out the monitor.
This heavily discounted Waverly fabric was a great find at $6.00 a yard for the bench seat. It works well with my kitchen color palette and adds a little pretty to the space. I’ll have a tutorial for the cover up later this week.
The bench seat actually doubles as a file cabinet ~ simply by lifting off the top. It was purchased this way and fits perfectly under the secretary ~ how practical and clever of them.
I previously updated the doors by making them french memo boards. You can find the tutorial here.
Fresh and clean ~ so much better and practical then before.
The doors do shut though they are rarely closed because the computer is always on. I really don’t mind though keeping them open now especially when company visits. Everything has a place and that’s my key to staying organized. Enjoy!


  1. I love it!! Where did you find the keys?

  2. It all looks so nice! Everything you do is so impressive, including all your little decorations that you tuck into the corners of your home.

  3. It looks great. Pretty and functional…

  4. Wow that turned out so nicely! I love that fabric and what a bargain! Thank you for stopping by my blog today and for leaving such a nice comment.

    Kat ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh, it all looks so nice. I love that metal basket! The fabric is gorgeous! And those keys are perfect! Great job! Lisa

  6. Looks great! I love all of the accessories and fabric choice, they make the space so inviting and calming.

  7. I can see why you don’t mind having it open now!! It all looks so nice! It makes me want to organize something in a cute way:) Thanks for the link!!

    Poppies at Play

  8. This is adorable! You need to link this one up tonight at Our Suburban Cottage. She’s having an Organization party.

  9. I love that fabric and trim you used.
    And your metal bins! Love love love it!

  10. Excellent job!!! It is definitely a place that I would love to work. Your made that desk beautiful.

  11. This looks fabulous! I saw those crown hooks at TJ and LOVE what you did with it!!

    Whole thing is awesome!

    I just found your blog and I am a follower!

    Lou Cinda ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Great job! Looks wonderful.

  13. Very pretty! I love it! We have a computer armoire that we don’t fully utilize anymore because we use our laptops and not the PC. I’m thinking it might work out for me in another way, and your project proves that!

  14. I really like this project. You have such good ideas, and pulled it together so well. I love it. And I love keeping a computer in something like this. All your things you added are perfect too. Great great idea!

  15. I love this. You did a great job, my favorite piece is the wire basket. You have inspired me, thanks for sharing.

    Cha Cha

  16. How gorgeous and practical this is… I can’t stand it its so cool. I love your ideas, great job!!

  17. This is definitely an inspired transformation! Sometimes the things I look at everyday become almost invisible to me! You got a fresh eye and a fresh look! Love the fabric behind the monitor and the window box! Great job!

  18. Super great idea – just love it !

  19. I looks great! I love the wire basket, it’s perfect!!

  20. Wonderful transformation! I just love the baskets and I have a similar crown hook I purchased at TJ Maxx awhile back and kept wondering where or what to do with it – now I know! Thanks for all of the great ideas.


  21. I’ll fly you round trip to my house if you’re game!


  22. Awesome. Amazing re-do. thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  23. I love all your creative solutions to the mess we all have !

  24. hahaha…I love that you have decorating ADD (diagnoses from your first paragraph), just like I do. There is just something about the bug or the itch to organize, craft or decorate that will block out all other needs or projects already started!!

    Nice job on the office hutch. Have you thought about covering the side of the computer tower unit thing? Can you tell I’m so techie? ๐Ÿ™‚
    I was just thinking you could make a black and white photo collage and just use masking tape to hold it onto the side of the unit deal.

    Just a thought from Just a Blink

  25. What a beautiful place to work. The colors are great!

  26. Gorgeous – can you please come and organise my crafting/workspace for me???? It’s horrific. I would love to have a space where I can keep all my stuff – and then close doors on it… Anyway, nice workstation!

  27. Love that farm crate. Organization that rustic…great job!

  28. Love it and it will be on my favs.

    I added you button to my side bar and would love to have mine on yours.

  29. I love all your individual elements. Usually when I start a project like this, I get about 1/2 way done then get pooped out. I’m so glad you kept going the result is fantastic.

  30. I love your little computer nook makeover! You’re very creative. You fit a lot into a small space and made it work!

  31. very cute!! i love your metal basket.



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