Office Decor-Chalkboard Frames

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Only 2 more days of the work week left! (Well… after today of course.) A few days ago I moved into a new office at my job and I’ve been itching to make it look more like home. This weekend I’m hoping to make some kind of Pinterest inspired art to put up on the wall. I’ve been thinking about trying out one of these projects from my “DIY-Home” board.

Pinspiration link to Ruffles and Stuff.

I like this because the frame wall looks like home to me. However, with some clean art printed over dictionary paper, the wall still feel smart. Perhaps I could coin it “office chic”.

DIY

I really like this one too because my job has taken me to quite a few places in the last few years. I travel a total of about 12 weeks of the year allowing me to visit places like NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida, and Chicago.  I’ve also been lucky enough to be able to participate in a service trip to Honduras this summer. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done and I can’t wait to do another one next June.

Pinspiration leads to Joann’s.
I’m also dying to try this out.  The question is, do I want it in my home or the office? What do you think?
In the mean time, I figured I should start my redesign off with a nice photo. I went to Marshall’s yesterday and scored two frames for $3.99 each.
Not too shabby, eh? I decided I wanted to give them a little twist, though. Everything around me is pretty much dark wood or black so I wanted to try something a little different. But how? First I thought I would try painting one with my chalkboard paint. So I sanded down one of the frames and painted away.
Cool, yes. Exciting, not so much.
It didn’t really help me step away from the black. Duh, Jenn. So I found a blue paint that I had and I was thinking about adding some accents but I couldn’t figure out what I really wanted to do. I also realized that it was going to take quite a few coats of paint to really make the blue look it’s true color and I wasn’t really up for that. Instead I reached for my blue painters tape, cut strips about an inch and a half long and made a little chevron accent down one side.  Then I just painted around it.
After everything dried, I pulled off the tape and if there were any spots with some thicker blue pint on the edges (there were) I fixed it with a damp Q-Tip. I thought it needed a little “somethin’-somethin'” so I pulled out my pink chalk and drew in a few quick lines, highlighting the funky little chevron piece.
Baby Dean & Jenn -circa 2011

I like it! The blue is just enough to give it a little color, but the black still comes through so it doesn’t stray too far from my other neutrals. The pink adds a cool, funky vibe which I’m really liking. Once I have a solid accent piece on my wall I may change it up the frame again. But for $3.99 I can change it all day! It will be sitting on my little bookcase as soon as I get in.  What do you guys think?

Do you like the idea of a chalkboard frame?
What kind of personal touches do you like to have in your work space?
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