Almost as long as The Dainty Squid has had a home online I’ve been sharing photos of what my bulletin board looks like at the beginning of each year. This is my sixth year of bulletin boards! Links to past years at the bottom of the post. I try to change things up at the end of each year. I like to take everything down, and start over. I enjoy the fresh start, and any excuse to redecorate is fine by me. This year I actually moved on the first, and just before that I finally thrown out that old bulletin board I had been using for all these years. I had a very specific look in mind for my new office and it certainly didn’t include a nearly ten year old cork board that was so well used it was missing chunks.
A while back I spotted this wire grid wall over on Urban Outfitters’ website. It was love at first sight. I knew immediately that was exactly what I wanted in my office. The only issue was the price. It’s 100% not worth that much money…like ever. No matter how cutesy it is or how well they photograph it – it’s just wire. I tried buying gridwall online but was always confronted with the issue of super high shipping costs or having to buy in bulk. I hunted all over for something similar at stores like Lowes, and Home Depot. I figured they’d have some fencing that would work but I just kept coming up empty handed. I eventually found this one which is gorgeous, gold, and has accessories you can buy but it was a bit smaller than I wanted. I had pictured my new memo board as the focal point of the room.
As a last resort I called my dad to ask if he had anything I could use. He was a bit confused by what in the world I wanted it for but suggested an old dog crate he had in the garage. I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of using a dog crate but figured it was worth a shot since I wasn’t having luck anywhere else and was more than ready to get started on my office. I had my dad trim it into rectangle for me then I dragged it home. Two coats of spray paint later aaaand it’s exactly what I had pictured all along. So, I ended up spending a grand total of six dollars and nineteen cents on this project and that was just for the pretty gold clips I’m using to hang things with.
It was annoying process trying to find the supplies to do this project without spending a fortune. There were even a few moments where I was like “Screw it, I’m buying the one from Urban! I don’t even care anymore!” But I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, especially after hanging some stuff on it.
I say this every single time I share photos of the office I’m currently in at the time but this is my favorite one so far! My style feels a lot more developed than it was even last year. Despite the fact I still have a few projects I want to work on, such as painting that Ikea cart (you know the one, the one that everyone owns!) and hanging things on the wall, this office is looking gooood! For now I just have a bunch of photos of my snazzy dog crate heh! and a few peeks at other corners but you can definitely expect to see a full room tour as soon as I finish up.
gold binder clips
give me coffee or give me death patch
black cat print
where is my mind print
Rug is from TJ Maxx. Calendar is from Target’s dollar section. Shark trash can was thrifted. Portrait of Professor by Emily Ledbetter.
Take a peek at past year’s bulletin boards here – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 + 2016.