Finding Method in the Madness – Desk Reveal


I meant to get this posted yesterday but I my parents arrived on Wednesday evening and I didn’t get a chance to finish it up.  Did I mention my parents were coming for a visit?  Well they are here, and it’s been a fun couple of days already.  Yesterday, my Mom and I went to a taping of the Marilyn Denis Show.  It was their fashion show and it was great.  And we got $250 worth of great stuff as giveaways! Amazing. Anyhoo, more on our visit next week but for now, I’m getting back to my organizing series….

…and my desk reveal!  Remember my original post about my desk? Well, I know the reveal has been a long time coming, and it’s actually been completed for awhile but actually posting it has been slow process. Since it has been sooo long, here is a reminder of the “before”….

And this is it now! (OK, I admit,  RIGHT now it doesn’t look like this, but close)…

The chair was a curbside find that I reupholstered (quite a while ago).  Because I’m renting the the desk and shelf were here when I moved in, instead of painting them, I used white stick-on drawer liner and covered the brown. The curtain and little pot lights are IKEA.

Here are more before shots…..

And more afters….

I added a little bit of art by framing some cool retro images from a old calendar which I bought at one of a kind a few years ago (I can’t remember the name of the place…) in basic IKEA frames.  My pencil cups are vintage jadeite salt and pepper shakers I bought at an antique store.  And I added the rod to hang fabric swatches and hold ribbon….but could be used to hang anything really.

A magnetic whiteboard to show pictures and keepsakes.

And my pretty new Russel & Hazel card holder.  Love that I have somewhere to keep all the lovely cards I get…

And I love this idea I found on pinterest…if you have cords that keep falling behind your desk when you unplug them, rather than buying some fancy cord holder, use a bulldog clip to keep them from doing so…working well so far!

And I bought some organizing bins from Solutions for my drawers.  I think they look much better….

And under my desk I added some plain shelves to help store my printer, shredder, and some of my papers.

And on my whiteboard, I kepp two little saying that I think we all should remind ourselves of everyday.  One is more poetic, one is more to the point and I’m sure you can figure out which is which.

And that is that!  I’m trying my best to keep it as organized as it was when I took the photos and so far I’m not doing too bad.  But it’s definitely more please to sit there now.

Next up, my closet. I am swallowing my pride by posting this before picture, so please don’t judge too harshly….


Any suggestions for reasonably priced closet organizers?  Clearly I need one.

Have a great day!



  1. Awesome transformation!! I love the stick on drawer liner that you used – genius!

  2. Your desk looks awesome…and I love the chair too! Doesn’t being organized make you feel better!?!? We used a closet system from Rona (or Lowe’s…forget which). I think it was closet maid – didn’t like any of the wire ones b/c hangers get caught, so went with wood. Ikea might be able to help you too. Good luck!!

  3. This looks so good Lindsey!! I love organization – it is like a breath of fresh air! Plus, the space is so light and fresh, I bet you use it way more now. AWESOME chair project – I may need your help for one I have coming up!

  4. Wow it looks amazing, fabulous job! I love the business card holder, very neat. The chair is stunning.


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