DIY/ organizing

Back To School: Grand Central Station

We’ve got back to school on our minds now! Only 2+ weeks left until the kids go back, and I’m really torn about it.  I truly love to have them around, and I’m going to miss them loads…but I do love back to school too!

I love the routine, and the start up of all the activities again! And don’t you just love doing all the Back-To-School shopping?!  It’s one of my fave things!

Anyway, I’m way off topic…what exactly does the above little gem have to do with Back-To-School anyway?  Well let me tell you!

So this week while dropping off a load of stuff to goodwill, I had to go inside and see if there were any treasures just waiting for me!  And I found this:


Not much too look at yet.  Not my colour scheme or style.

But I could envision something – it screamed ‘School Grand Central Station’!I don’t know about you, but with school, comes loads and loads of papers, books, notices, agendas…that always end up in a bottomless basket in the kitchen!


In comes this handy-dandy little organizer.
I spray painted it with a few coats of RustOleum’s White Paint in Gloss.
(because everything looks better in white doesn’t it?!)
Added a gorgeous knob from Anthropologie…and now I have a sleek and fun school organizer!

It has a cute little drawer for pencils & homework tools, and the never-ending junk.
Lots of space for agendas, home reading books, notices…
I really love it when you find something inspiring!  It’s hard for me sometimes to see the potential in things at thrift stores, but I go in trying to imagine how something might look with a coat of spray paint!
I just knew I could rescue this little number!  Too fun!

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    August 15, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    Ahhh you gave it a complete transformation!! LOVE IT!! The little knob you added is perfect.

    I can imagine how the back to school thing would be a little bittersweet. Enjoy these last 2 weeks with your kiddos at home 🙂

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    August 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    I love this! My kitchen is turquoise and white…I am am turquoise obsessed. I am also all for anything that encourages organization and looks cute at the same time. I think it is great!

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen
    August 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    This turned out great! I am so impressed. I would have settled for the original or skipped on it. I really need to look for potential in these things. Very nice job!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    August 16, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    What a great idea! I need to make this for myself – someday I will get organized about blogging 🙂 And that knob is gorgeous – love turquoise!!

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    Lucy Designs
    August 16, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    this looks great! so fresh. I just made an organizer out of a breadbox haha…would have been cool to find one already put together!

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    August 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Whoa! That is the coolest organizer I’ve seen! Love the size…usually the ones I see are too small for my stuff! I’m gonna keep my eye out for one similar! Thanks!

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    August 16, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Ahh that’s beautiful. It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do!!

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    Rose and Heather
    August 16, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Love this! We would be so happy if you would come and link up at our first ever link party, Crafty Lassie Tuesdays. Thanks Rose and Heather

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    August 18, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    So pretty! I love the color and fun hardware! I so need one of these in my office.

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    Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers
    August 20, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    This turned out so cute! I love the cute hardware you added!

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    Joselyn @ The DIY Spot
    August 21, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    Nice makeover. As soon as I saw that beautiful knob, I knew it had t be from Anthropology. So pretty. I see you do the same thing I do; drop off donations and then shop. How funny!

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    Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made
    August 22, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    This is really cute — love the color combo and isn’t it funny that we’re often dropping off things but we can’t resist LOOKING and end up coming back home with more?

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    Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads
    August 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    What a great find, and it looks so wonderful now with a new coat of paint and knob. The new school year should go much smoother with your organizer.

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    BerryMorins Bits & Tips
    August 22, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    I love the paint color and the cute knob. It’s amazing re-do!

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    September 27, 2011 at 3:10 AM

    Oh my goodness this is beyond adorable! Love how it turned out! Way to be able to see the potential! xoxo!

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    September 29, 2011 at 4:00 AM

    Everything does look better in white, including your homework station! Super cute.

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