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How to outfit your home office with thrift store finds

So I’ve been on a bit of a ‘double kick’ lately. First, I’m cleaning like crazy. Secondly, I’m trying to spend as little money as possible. So when I found myself madly cleaning out my studio drawers and cupboards, I decided to up cycle a few of the items I’d found instead of throwing them out. Then Dan and I hit up a couple of yard sales and thrift stores and I realized I had the beginnings of my new office nook!

Without further ado, here’s how to outfit your home office with thrift store finds!

Here are the things I assembled in a pile:

  • A scrap piece of plywood
  • A leftover piece of cork from another project
  • A thrifted napkin holder
  • A clipboard that had fallen behind my bookshelf (don’t judge)
  • A ceramic horse head I bought at the thrift store for $3 (not seen in the photo because… ummm…I forgot it…whoops!)Thrift store office supplies BEFORE

Oh! And we’re on a hop this week with 18 other blogs…so make sure you check out the list at the end of this post!Thrift Store Item Makeover blog hop

I know this might seem out to lunch, but in the background here Chez DIY Passion, I’m working on the nursery, the back deck and a mini-office nook makeover. I lost my office when we had to swap bedrooms to make space for the nursery upstairs. So the office space is actually a bit of a priority. I’ll write more on that later.

Here are the crafty supplies I gathered!

First up, I painted everything except the cork board using whites and a soft turquoise-aqua tone (here is the exact colour paint I used). Already better and more cohesive, don’t you think?Thrift Store Office Supplies Inspiration Mood Board

The cork board was easy. Using hot glue, I just stuck it right onto my painted plywood. Then labels! Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out three phrases from my Gold Adhesive Vinyl – Pin It, Clip It, File It and stuck them onto each of my three new office supplies!Create custom office supplies from thrift store finds

Easy as pie. And done in less than an afternoon 🙂White gold aqua desk organization

I honestly think when it comes to updating thrifted and found items, keeping the colour scheme simple and clean is the key.Create your own clipboardThrift Store Office Supplies

I’m showing you all these lovelies in my studio now, but they will migrate upstairs to my office nook. All in good time! All I will say at this point is the space is coming together really well and I’ll share it with you soon!Gold Office accessories

Do you love office supplies as much as I do? Here are some of the supplies that inspired my office nook.

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And do you want MORE thrifted Goodness! Hop on over to these Blogs ALL THIS WEEK! We’re sharing our best yard sale, garage sale and thrift store scores across the Blogosphere 🙂


Joy In Our Home

Anderson + Grant

Making It In the Mountains

Hood Creek Log Cabin

Personally Andrea



Canary Street Crafts

Seeking Lavender Lane

Little Bits of Home Blog

Little Red Brick House

Pocketful of Posies

Refresh Living


The Crowned Goat

Bees N Burlap

Iris Nacole

Little House of Four

2 Bees In A Pod

Mom Home Guide


And if you haven’t had enough already, here are some other projects I’ve done that you might like

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Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

These look amazing!!! I won't be passing up outdated desk items anymore!


Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

Love the way you upcycled these thrifted items Erin! Everything looks really good. I love the gold on the clip board and the horse head - so pretty! Hugs, CoCo

Jenny @ Refresh Living

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

What a smart move to paint them all in a cohesive color scheme - they look like they were like that all along! I love the gold accents you used to bring it all together.

Personally Andrea

Monday 1st of August 2016

Love how you co-ordinated everything so simply, it looks so pretty all together! xo

Kendra @

Monday 1st of August 2016

These are the prettiest offices pieces, Erin! Love the lettering too... so pretty! Thanks so much for being part of this blog hop ! xo

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