To make the desk decor in my tween son's room more fitting for masculinity, I decided to go with wired baskets.
I bought a few wire or "caged" storage baskets and a pencil holder from Target's dollar bins.
Then I found a 3 tiered rack at Walmart in the bath department.
I also had this lamp in my office that doesn't get much use and thought it would be perfect for my son's desk if I could give it a makeover.
When I found this wire lamp shade at Lowes, I knew it would be a perfect fit so I set out to paint all of the wired pieces in my son's favorite color: red.
I prime painted the chrome pieces before the final coat of red.
Now, it's all matching decor very easily and quickly.
I decided to use soda bottle caps for fun.
Pulling out the crimped edges with pliers helped to hammer the caps flat more easily.
Then I stenciled numbers with a Sharpie pen.
Finally, a nail punched a hole through the top.
Then hung with paper clips.
Super easy; very inexpensive; and appealing for a tween's desk.
He has already filled the baskets with "stuff".
Saving money by repurposing and upcycling allows for a splurge... we found this amazing metal soda tote at CVS in the seasonal aisle. Perfect for holding more desk tools. Totally worth the $10. He was completely delighted with it!
Now if only he would keep it all tidy.
I went junking a found a freezer bin... free!
With the magic of paint, it became a laundry basket!
With a gentle reminder to keep things neat... let's see how this goes.