Amazing Office-Supply DIYs

HGTV Magazine shows you that with a few smart tweaks, you can easily take these office staples from all work to all play.

By: Jodi Kahn and Matthew Gleason
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Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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

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

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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

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

From Industrial Shelving to a Glam Bookcase

Thanks to shimmering gold paint, this metal bookshelf looks glitzy, not utilitarian. A clip-on sconce, positioned over a chair as a reading light, adds a custom touch. Shelving: Edsal 36"W x 12"D x 75"H commercial-grade open shelving in gray, $89, quill.com; Shelving paint: FolkArt Metallic acrylic paint in pure gold, $7, joann.com; Sconce: Ranarp 6"-diameter wall/clamp spotlight, $20, ikea.com; Chair: Winston velvet accent chair in violet, $429, onekingslane.com; Pillow: Bonnie and Neil Hand-Painted Stripe pillow in emerald, lilac, and pink, $118, koromiko.com; Rug: Multi Confetti 5' x 7' Moroccan wool rug, $665, caitlinwilsontextiles.com; Wall paint: Quaint Purple Rose by Glidden

Turn Rulers Into Picture Frames

Click here for the step-by-step instructions. Yardsticks: Westcott wood yardsticks, $7 each, amazon.com; Frames: Room Essentials single-image frames in assorted sizes, from $2 each, target.com

Add Color to an Office Clock

Click here for the step-by-step instructions. Clock: 12 1/2"-diameter round clock, $30, staples.com; Paper: World of Color collections 3" x 3" pads, from $8 for a setof 5, post-it.com; Paper punch: Clever Lever 1"-diameter circle jumbo crafts punch, $9, uchida.com

Jazz Up Binders

Click here for the step-by-step instructions. Binder: D-ring binders in assorted sizes, from $7 each, nakedbinder.com; Label paper: White Matte 11" x 17" full-sheet labels, $8.50 for a set of 10, onlinelabels.com

From a School Desk to a Storage-Savvy Nightstand

With its wood-tone laminate top and navy blue base, this kid’s desk has a lot more personality than your basic nightstand. Bonus: The metal legs can be adjusted to your bed’s height, and the built-in cubby is sized just right for stacking bedside reading. Desk: Virco adjustable-height open-front laminate-top student desk in navy and fusion maple, $74, quill.com; Lamp: Amy Gourd 24"-tall glass lamps in marine blue with shades, $223 for a set of 2, homedecorators.com; Bedding: For a similar look, try The Ashbury Yellow bedding, from $30, craneandcanopy.com; Wallpaper: Three Sisters Studio Bistro 750 Trellis wallpaper in marigold/white, $43 per single roll, yorkwall.com for buying info.

From Plastic Chairs to Chic Dining Seats

Even though they’re made of molded plastic, these stacking chairs boast clean lines and polished-chrome legs—the perfect match for a sleek white tulip table. Pad the seats with cushions in a patterned fabric to add to their design quotient. Chairs: Virco 9000 Series plastic stacking chairs in navy, $288 for a set of 4, staples.com; Cushions: (fabric) Waverly Well Rounded in jade, $55 per yard, joann.com; (inserts) Ballard Essential 16"-diameter poly-foam stool cushion inserts, $9 each, ballarddesigns.com; Rug: Positive Slant 19 3/4" x 19 3/4" nylon carpet tiles in slate, $18 per square, flor.com; Table: Docksta 29 1/2"H x 41 1/2"-diameter-top table in white, $199, ikea.com; Curtains: Jaya canvas curtains in aqua, $60 for a set of 2, worldmarket.com; Wall paint: Antique White by Glidden

Transform Basic Bookends

Click here for the step-by-step instructions. Bookends: Steelmaster economy steel bookends, $11 for a set of 2, amazon.com; Arrow: 3" x 12" wooden arrow, $18, treasurevalleylumber.etsy.com; Spray paint: Gold Metallic by Krylon

Transfer Signs Onto Pillows

Click here for the step-by-step instructions. Signs: Cosco Come In We’re Open sign, $3.50, and Will Return sign, $2.50, both available in Staples stores; Transfers: Avery 8 1/2" x 11" Inkjet Dark Fabric transfer paper, $17.50 for 5 sheets, staples.com; Pillow covers: 16" x 16" white pillow covers with red or blue piping, $15 each, plumandlitton.etsy.com; Pillow inserts: Down-alternative 16" x 16" pillow inserts, $10 each, crateandbarrel.com

Wrap a Plain Wastebasket

Click here for the step-by-step instructions. Wastebasket: Hefty Vanity 2 1/4-gallon wastebasket, $8, staples.com; Paper: Pirouette Marbled 24" x 36" paper in turquoise, apricot, and raspberry, $6.50 per sheet, papermojo.com

From a File Cabinet to an Entry Organizer

Give a filing cabinet a job as a doorside command station. To dress it up, wallpaper the exterior (use heavy-duty spray mount to adhere it), spray-paint the handles, and screw wood furniture feet to the base. Use the drawers to stash important papers. File cabinet: Vertical 15"W x 26 1/2"D x 28 1/2"H file cabinet drawer in putty, $220, staples.com; Wallpaper: Lamu in coral, $88 per roll, serenaandlily.com; Spray paint: Coral Isle by Krylon; Furniture feet: Waddell 2"H x 3 ½"-diameter contemporary bun feet in tan, $9 each, homedepot.com; Rug: KD Spain for Surya Alhambra 5' x 8' wool rug in cobalt, dusty blue, poppy, and ivory, $799, shopkatespain.com; Coatrack: The Easel coatrack in watermelon, $80, dotandbo.com; Wall paint: Tidewater by Sherwin-Williams

From a Mail Cart to a Toy Station

Stocked with stuffed animals, board games, and bins of crayons and Legos, a rolling mail cart becomes a snappy mobile toy box. Hot-glue cherry red rope around the handles to make it look more playful. Mail cart: Safco double-sided wire book cart, $210, officedepot.com; Rope: 3/8" solid braid rope in red, 18 cents per foot, knotandrope.com; Bins: Stacking bins, from $2 each, and translucent totes, from $13 each, all containerstore.com; Rug: Tåstrup 4'4" x 6'5" polypropylene rug, $50, ikea.com; Art: This Map Is Your Map 34 1/2" x 23" unframed print, $20, landofnod.com; Beanbag: Cool Beans! 30"-diameter personalized beanbag in new red, $106, landofnod.com; Wall paint: Fresh Peonies by Glidden

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