Pinterest Challenge Extravaganza

Aug 2, 2011

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It’s here, it’s here! The Pinterest challenge is finally here! What a weekend. I was high, I was low, I procrastinated as usual by sitting on Pinterest all Saturday morning instead of starting my d*mn project. (Sorry for the curse, but honestly, sometimes I infuriate even myself). And when that wasn’t enough, I was on the twitters. Ugh, honestly, the whole point of this project was to get me OFF the computer. Whatev’s I’m drawn to its blue tinged glow like a moth to a flame.

Review the Pinterest challenge set forth by the lovely blogging ladies and gentlemen at (Style by Emily HendersonJoeyandLanaBowerPowerBlog, & YoungHouseLove) or see my intro here if you’re totally lost.

Leethal do stuff! Blog coffee can yarn holder

See my inspiration above & here. Pinned 26 weeks ago (how’s that for putting things off?) from Lee at Leethal do stuff! Blog. I’ve been hoarding supplies in my work cubie for a while and slowly transferring them home when I’d remember.


Binder clip containers from the officeInstead of coffee cans I decided to use empty binder clip containers from the office. For two reasons really. 1) Our Cafe Bustelo cans are destined for something different and 2) I get recycling/green guilt at my job and when people throw these away in the regular trash I dig them out and put them in the recycling bin. But then one day I thought, “Hey! These’ll do just fine!” Plus I like that they’re more shallow, as I wanted to make a wall organizer where I can store my paper clips and thingie-ma-bobs and doo-dads within easy reach.

I took them home and spray painted them on the roof. My fave Watermelon color from Krylon, first seen here. (I actually started this business back in March/April but ran out of paint and I guess motivation?) Fast forward to July/August and I combined my fave paint with my fave kraft paper decoupaging (see that process here) into one epic messy craft-a-thon. Full disclosure, I almost had an epic meltdown when I tried to spray paint these Sunday morning without a coat of primer. Note to all, use primer. But alas, I made due and I’m very relieved happy with the result.

Spray painting on the roof

I don’t have any pictures of the decoupaging process, as its totes messy and I wind up covered in glue up to the elbow. Don’t ask me how… The boy took off because I think he was terrified at my near melt down/witnessing the frantic craft-a-thon first hand. Not for the faint of heart I suppose. I did manage to snap this cell pic of Soph-Soph. Crafting really takes it out of her and she had to take a serious nap.

Sophie taking a nap mid-project

Once all my surfaces were covered, it takes a long time to dry. So I went to sleep, went to work, and ran home to finish up Monday night. Because I’m a crazy person I walked right in the door and cracked open that can of Minwax Polycrylic (that I actually found when I cleaned out my closet) and started slapping it on with the nearest/tiniest sponge brush.

Poly and brushes for finishing

I also did this standing over the sink which is why you see my fancy drying method of perching them on spice jars/spray butter/olive oil. You know, all those things within arms reach of the kitchen counter.

Sophisticated drying method

Because why not? For good measure I  added some gold paint to the rims from this lamp project I came across in the ‘ole craft drawer. Sophisticated Finishes in Gold. I can’t get enough of this stuff. I really have to hold myself back when the brush is out. I’m surprised I haven’t spruced up painted the cat.

Sophistcated Finshes paint in Gold

After three or so coats of poly and one Bachelor Finale later I was ready for assembly. With what you ask? Glue gun, duh. The only my fastener of choice.

Gluing it together

I’m totally happy with the turn out. I hung it up for a little mini-photo shoot.

Trial hanging

Fancy close.

Close up detail finish

I liked it so much in my home desk/vanity area that I think it will stay there.

Wall organizer in its new home

And yes that is where I store my half empty paint cans right there in the corner. Awkward…

Looks like I’ll have to make another for the cubie… which is good because I have some extra white spray paint lying around and I think for my poorly lit cubie I may paint some insides white for a brighter look for the office.

If you finished a pinned project this weekend, share it below or go follow me on the twitters @cubicle57blog. And while you’re there go ahead and hash-tag it and get in on the fun, #pinterestchallenge! Yay!

P.s. If you’re here for the first time {winky face HI!} Feel free to say hello and stop back anytime and poke around once you’ve gotten your fill of Pinterest Challenges. I tried to link to as many other projects within this post as I could so click away!

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Kelly! August 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I love it! Pics of mine to come soon.


KELLY August 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm

All right B, you’ve seen the inspiration (tweeted link, earlier…) now, here’s the finished product, thus far. I still have, oh, I don’t know… like 6 more jars. Anyhow. It’s food coloring, glue, water and patience. tada! Did 3 already… First pic, two dyed–you can see that the small one needs some touchups…
And the second one, a comparison of one original & one “dyed”…
Hooray #pinterestchallenge!


B.Strave August 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Glue, Check. Water, Check. Food Coloring, Check. Patience? Ummmmm. You are a brave lady! It looks great, if I ever develop more patience than a four year old maybe I could attempt something like this.

Petra August 3, 2011 at 12:07 am

first time, but I noticed some tweets from here last week, so I’m glad you pop’d up while perusing the challenges. I’m glad someone else feels the same regarding wasteful office supply packaging. You put it to great use! Here is what I came up with for the challenge:


B.Strave August 3, 2011 at 9:54 am

Welcome Petra. Jump on in the waters fine here! I think they should sell binder clips in big tubs like cheesballs or something? Then you could just refill from there. You know? I’ll use a whole pckg of binder clips in one swoop. Annnnyyyway. Your closet is going to look fantastic, my renting heart is very very jealous!

Emily @ NewlyWife August 3, 2011 at 1:28 am

Looks great! Cute idea!


J.David August 3, 2011 at 2:27 am



B.Strave August 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

Does it count as hoarding if its at my cubie?

Sarah August 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

This is waaaayyyy cute…… love the whole workspace! Will definitely stick around! : )


B.Strave August 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Yay party at my cubie!

Brooke August 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

How CUTE!!! Great job…obviously worth the effort, loving it :o)


B.Strave August 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

“E” for effort is my middle name!

Krishann August 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

So creative of you to use binderclip containers. Looks great!!


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