Take Your Workspace From Drab to Fab With These 10 DIY Office Refresh Ideas

Feeling uninspired at work? Boost creativity by giving your boring office a chic update.
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Did you know that redecorating can help generate new ideas and boost creativity? This is especially true in the places you spend the most time, like at work. Unfortunately, redecorating takes time and money that many of us just can't spare. But good news! There are tons of ways to make over your drab workspace by simply upcycling things you already have. Try a few of these chic DIY office supply refreshes to brighten your space and spark some much needed inspiration on a budget.

DIY Suede + Gold Leaf Mousepad

Photo by: Chelsea Costa Foy

Chelsea Costa Foy

Chelsea at the Lovely Indeed blog gave her old, worn-out mousepad a refresh with chic suede fabric and gold leaf polka dots. 

Bar Cart Office Organizer

Use a Bar Cart as a Home Office Catch-All

Use a Bar Cart as a Home Office Catch-All

Photo by: Danielle Moss

Danielle Moss

Complete with multiple levels and wheels, a cute bar cart is the perfect workspace storage solution. Roll it under your desk to maximize space or turn the top into a portable coffee station.

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Easy Upcycled Quote Art

Upcyled old Painting

Upcyled old Painting

Photo by: Lara Robby/Studio D

Lara Robby/Studio D

Surrounding yourself with motivational words or phrases keeps the creative juices flowing long after the coffee has worn off. Take a cue from the crafting experts at HGTV Magazine and turn an old, tired painting into fun, inspirational word art for your desk or home office.

Make This: Upcycled Quote Art

DIY Stamped Notebooks

Photo by: Image Courtesy of Darby Smart

Image Courtesy of Darby Smart

Perfect for brainstorming, keeping appointments and remembering important points, a good notebook is an office essential. Give your plain notebooks a chic update with this fun DIY stamp and paint project from Darby Smart. Bonus: You get to make your own stamps!

Copper + Wood Magazine Rack

Photo by: Image Courtesy of Darby Smart

Image Courtesy of Darby Smart

Another genius DIY idea from Darby Smart, this wood and copper magazine rack is super simple to make and can be customized with your fabric of choice.

Make This: DIY Magazine Rack

DIY Desk Accessories

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Original_Chelsea-Costa-Desk-Organizers-Beauty1_v

Put mismatched containers to good use by transforming them into a single desk accessory set that corrals all your miscellaneous office supplies.

Vintage Book Planter

Vintage Book Planter

Vintage Book Planter

Bring some plant life to your drab workspace and display your love of literature with this work-appropriate book planter.

DIY Sawhorse Desk

Repurposed Door Makes Chic Desk

Repurposed Door Makes Chic Desk

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Meredith Perdue

Photo courtesy of Meredith Perdue

Looking for a chic, new desk that won’t break your budget? Make your own with two sawhorses, an old door and a piece of glass. 

Glam Shelving

Office Supply DIY

Office Supply DIY

Photo by: Susan Pittard/Studio D (styled by Matthew Gleason)

Susan Pittard/Studio D (styled by Matthew Gleason)

Sometimes all you need is a can of paint to give your space an update. But if you can't paint your office's walls, paint the furniture instead. This metal bookshelf went from utilitarian to super chic with just a few coats of metallic gold acrylic paint.

DIY Message Board

Memos at Hand

Memos at Hand

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Ashley Campbell

Photo courtesy of Ashley Campbell

Are you drowning in a sea of sticky notes? Clean up the clutter with a personalized DIY bulletin board that keeps all of your memos in one spot. Using a staple gun, attach chicken wire to the back of a large picture frame, then clip on all your imporant reminders with small clothespins. It's also a stylish way to display your favorite photos!

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Unscrambled Office Items

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Michele Pacey

No More Tangled Cords

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jones

From Cookies to Cards

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Serena Thompson

No More Laundry

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Sarah Ives

Office in a Closet

Desk With a (Welcoming) History

Call Off the Search

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lindsey Cheney

Memos at Hand

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Ashley Campbell

Coffee Alternatives

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Sherry and John Petersik

Office on the Ceiling

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Little Birdie Secrets

More Than a Step Stool

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Melissa Michaels

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