3 Colorful, Beyond-easy DIYs for Your Work Space


If your work station is looking a little lackluster these days, then this trio of color-packed, ultra-easy desktop DIY ideas is for you. Just block off your next lunch break, make a run to the drugstore for your four supplies – nail polish, acrylic paint, paint brushes, and a Sharpie – and we’ll show you how to brighten your cube in 30 minutes flat.

DIY Colorblocked Thumbtacks

Thumbtacks are a workplace staple, but often come in an uninspiring array of dull colors. To reinvent the garish, traffic light-green tacks on my bulletin board, I gave them a pretty, pastel makeover using nail polish and paint. (Nail polish works best on these flat, metal tacks, but I also used paint so I could mix custom colors.) To start, stick your tacks into an even surface, such as a discarded magazine or shoebox cover, so their heads are facing up. Paint over each tack, using 2-3 coats of each color, and then finish each tack off with a layer of clear topcoat.

DIY Decorated Paintbrushes

Jazz up humdrum items in your pen holders with a little paint and a little Sharpie love. All you’ll need here? Acrylic paint and a metallic Sharpie.

DIY Colorblocked Planter

Like many of my coworkers, I keep a plant at my desk to liven things up. Inspired by all the color-blocked decor on Pinterest, I couldn’t resist dipping my cactus planter in cheery pink, and painting a ModCloth blue racing stripe down the center!

How have you dressed up your work spaces? We’d love to know!


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    Lauren 02/04/2013 at 6:32 am #

    Recently, I revamped my office space by adding open shelving and filling the shelves with brightly colored books, gift boxes that I’d covered in pretty wrapping paper, and big glass jars full of ribbon. You can see some of my process in this blog post: http://plumfieldshop.blogspot.com/2012/11/new-office-details.html
    I even made myself a cool fabric covered bulletin board, but have yet to find push pins that are pretty enough for it. So I was thrilled to see the nailpolish idea today! I can’t wait to get started on it!

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    Nauli 02/05/2013 at 4:25 am #

    Love the colored thumbtacks and had to blog this forward. Hope, you’re okay with this.

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    Eliza 02/07/2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Oooohhhh….I love this! I have been using nail polish in DIYs for forever. Great ideas!

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    Raine 02/07/2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Love the colors you chose. Definitely will be doing this to liven up my desk space. Don’t you love how versatile nail polish is?

    I even tried using it to embellish some of my buttons for my Etsy shop; however this was a failed attempt and resulted in my oven catching fire. Lol! Will be sticking to thumbtacks from now on.


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    Tereza 04/23/2013 at 8:59 pm #

    those pins are super cute!

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    D Walstead 09/01/2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I would think that co workers would not enjoy the smell of nail polish in the work place break room?


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