$50 Studio5 Cubicle Makeover

I was recently asked to do a cubicle makeover for Brooke Walker of Studio5 for just $50.  This may seem like an impossible task, but with a little thought and a lot of effort I think it turned out awesome! I was on Studio5 today, here is the video of Brooke, Darin and me talking all about it:

Here is what the cubicle looked like Before we started.

Pretty typical.  Middle of the building, no windows, basic gray and maple.

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover

Here is the After.

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover

Let me show you how we did it.

   Feeling

First, it is important to start with the feeling you want the space to have when it is finished.  After communicating with Brooke, we understood that what she was really looking for was a fresh, feminine, and simple look for her space.  We started with the background and found a clean and funky damask fabric with a small punch of color… in aqua parrots (available at Hancock Fabrics or Fabric.com).

Aqua Parrot Damask Fabric Lined Cubicle

 Brooke mentioned that aqua and blush were her favorite colors so we used those throughout the space but also added a few other accents to our color palette like dark grayish blue to keep it interesting.  To keep it bright, Amy (my sister) and I taped white stringed lights underneath the cabinetry to give a warm glow to an otherwise dark area.

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover

  Grouping

Grouping is an organizers best friend.  With Brooke’s space, there were family photos, awards, thank you cards, and the like that were peppered all over the space.  We made an inexpensive “bulletin board” out of coordinating linen and burlap to highlight her favorite photos and cards in one place (to read exactly how we made this, click HERE).

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover

 All of her important books were corralled into a simple crate stained to match the space.  They are within easy reach but for the most part, out of sight.

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover

 Two simple bags, that we embellished and personalized, become the perfect “IN” and “OUT” bags.  Hung with some hooks from the side of the cubicle wall, they are easy to take off and move to the desk or hang up out of the way.  We organized the random items and mostly DVD’s in the chevron boxes on top of the cabinets (chevron box tutorial HERE).  Each is labeled with a number 1-4, so even if you can’t see over the top of the box, you can remember what is in each one (label tutorial HERE).  The best part about grouping is taking the guess work out of straightening up.  When a new photo, book, pen or DVD comes into the space, you’ll know right where to put it.

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover

Recycle, Reuse and Reduced

I love to recycle things, especially packaging that we would normally throw in the trash.  I had recently started saving the bottom of orange boxes because they were clean, a great size, and an excellent neutral colored cardboard.  After a little paint and some labels (all of which I had on hand), they became a great FREE storage and décor statement for Brooke.  Glass jars from spaghetti sauce now hold decorative shells and office supplies.

A mirror that I found in the garbage (yep garbage, thank you neighbors) gets a fresh coat of spray paint and now is the perfect place to check  hair and makeup before heading off to that important meeting… or TV show.

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover Placing old Christmas lights in a candy jar really brightened up Brook’s space.  A drink box from a local eatery was the perfect catch-all for small office supplies, and it was free for the asking.

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover When I found the two “IN” and “OUT” bags on clearance, I over looked the ugly front side and focused on the blank back-side and what it could look like with a little embellishment.

Embellished In Out Bag with Monogram and Feather Earring

 

Finally, a coupon, discount, or clearance item should never be looked down upon.  It is amazing how much farther your money can go by simply flashing a 40% off code from your smart phone. Now who’s the smart one!

Here you can see the mirror is hung on the inside of the cubicle for easy access.  A Velcro Command Strip holds the remote to the TV so it doesn’t get lost.  Blush sea shells hold neutral pens from around the office.  And Brooke’s childhood letter stating her dreams of broadcasting has a place of honor among other framed photos and awards. Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover

 

So where did the money go?

Crate-$6

Mini Clothes Pins-$2

Bulletin Board Fabric-$9

In Out Bags-$6

Feather Earring Embellishment-$2.50

Damask Wall Fabric-$24.50

All other supplies were on hand!

Studio 5 Cubicle Makeover

NOTE:  I shared these ideas on April 12, 2012 on Studio 5 at 11am (Utah’s NBC station, KSL)

14 Comments

  • How fun! I love the way it turned out. Very cute, cute, cute!! I’m a new follower :)

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

  • Amazing, Amanda! I’m in love with that fabric! The space looks so clean and inviting and functional. Have fun on Studio 5!!!

    How’s you do the lights in the jar? Where does it come out to plug in??? Such a cool idea. Twinkle lights have invaded my house :-)

    • Thanks Ange, the lights are just shoved in the jar and the plug comes out the top and plugs in. My sister just shoved the lid right on top over the cord. You know, I love twinkle lights!

  • Glad I found your blog via Studio 5! Loved the makeover! You’ve got a great site!

    • Thanks Maria, Your blog is awesome! Great photography and recipes, thanks for your comment, honored.

  • Amanda…I know I say it every time I comment, but you are AWESOME!!!! How cool to be on Studio 5 and be named one of the top 5 pinners to follow! So cool!!!

    • Thanks Britt, TV was a bit nerve racking, but making over the cubicle was really fun!

  • Very cute! It makes such a huge difference to have a fun workspace to go to – especially if you are living in your cubicle 10 hours a day like I do! I had redone my old cube (http://mycowboyswife.blogspot.com/2011/08/extreme-work-cubicle-makeover.html)
    but I have recently moved to a new cubicle area. Any ideas for me?
    Thanks!

  • I work in Carrollton, TX (75007)
    Could you or someone do a makeover for my cubicle?

    Please e-mail me or let me know where if you or someone can!

  • How do you attach the fabric to the cubicle wall? Is it just tacked up, stapled??? I cannot tell by looking.

    • We took the top rails off of the cubicle, stuffed the top of the fabric inside and popped the rails back on! At first we tried to pin or staple, BUT the fabric was so puffy that they didn’t stick. Try taking off the rails, see if that works.

  • Hey there, How did you secure the fabric to the cubicle wall? I want to do this.

    • Adriana, the hard metal top rail of the walls pops off with a little help from a screw driver. We tucked the fabric up underneath it and popped it back down over the fabric. We tried pinning it but that failed.

  • How did you secure the fabric to the cubicle wall?

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