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27 April 2011

Repurposing Kitchen Stuff as Office Supply Accessories

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Yesterday I was at Target and there were desktop organizers 75% off.  I kind of looked at them and then passed the deal up.  SHOCKING!  A year ago, I would have swooped up those pen holders and envelope storage pieces, but my taste lately has veered more towards using vintage kitchen pieces, particulary whiteware or milkglass for office supplies.

Take this bundt cake pan.  40 cents at the thrift store, it was in great shape and super sturdy.  PERFECT for storing photos because they can fan out a bit so you can see a good number of them at the same time.

You could stick some pencils or pens in that middle slot too if you wanted.  
Or pop a candle in the middle and float some around the outside...
Or fill the pan with jellybeans...
or buttons and snaps...
SO much better than a cardboard organizer from Target...

Then there were these little teacups.  Isn't the color divine?
There were also a few plates and saucers, but I just want the cups for 15 cents each. 

They are glued together and hold any number of office (or garden) supplies.
Right now, they are the proud containers for seeds, safety pins and push pins.

The repurposing isn't relegated only to the kitchen however.  
I've been using various sized pots for office storage too. 
How perfect is this pot for storing seed packets?

How about an olive oil dispenser that has lost it's tip?
Perfect for paintbrushes...

Ball jars, jelly jars and various strong, but cheap glassware options are no-brainers for flowers, 
but how about pens?
...and notice how clips fit perfectly on the sides?

How about knitting needles?  A large glass jar holds them well too...

 I could go on and on and on...but it is your turn!  
What have you repurposed from your kitchen?  Are you tired of "office storage" pieces from box stores?


Maggie Wednesday, April 27, 2011  

I'm definitely behind this idea!
Here in my work cube, I have my pens and highlighters in a lovely little mustard-yellow coffee cup, too small for a respectable amount of coffee. I have my tea bags, cough drops and some snacks in a series of mason jars on my shelf. Works out great, and looks gorgeous!

Becky Jane Thursday, April 28, 2011  

I recently transformed a cute tea pot in to a planter for my studio. The colors were perfect! Your photo idea is so unique...
Thanks for the ideas!

Toyin O. Thursday, April 28, 2011  

These pictures are great, I love those tea cups:)

Amy Renea Thursday, September 10, 2015  

Thank you friends :)

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