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DIY: Home Office Message Board

Is your office an unorganized mess? You’re not alone! Meet Kristina Barbee: This expert DIYer shares her adventure on how she made her office more organized with a simple but fun project! The end result is not only functional, but a stylish addition to any office space.

I’m going to be honest, I am not the most organized person when it comes to my office. I throw stuff in there and hope I find it later.

Lately, my desk has been looking like this (excuse the blurry picture that I took right before I hung stuff up onto my message board):


When we first moved into our house, I saw this cool chicken wire frame that I think used to be a gate for a coop. Since it was hidden in the rafters and we have no ladder, I left it alone. Last week though, I had enough! I had to get that puppy down to use as a message board in my office. So I did what any responsible adult would do and stacked some drywall buckets together and jumped on top of them with a 2×4 to poke and push at the thing until it fell down.

empty frame

I took it inside, cleaned all of the cobwebs off and added some frog tape to it. Let me just stop right now and express my newfound undying love for Frog Tape! It is pure perfection and the best painting tape around!

After it was taped off, I grabbed some leftover white paint and primer that was left by the previous homeowners and painted on 5 – yes 5 – layers of paint! The brand of paint was a brand I hadn’t heard of, so I can’t attest to the quality of it.


After all 5 layers were dried, I sanded off around the edges (which was way too easy to do, I expected some sort of resistance but this paint came off without me trying) and used a Q-tip to stain the exposed wood. I also accidentally spilled the can of stain over the entire project, so I had to do a sixth layer of paint once I was done.

At first, I didn’t like the distressed look, but once I distressed more, I loved it!


To finish off the project, apply a nice layer of poly, then add some saw tooth hook to the back to hang your new message board. You can pick them up at any craft or hardware store.

DIY projects aren’t for everyone. We have a whole list of handy experts who can help you with any projects that need completing around your home!

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About the Author: Kristina Barbee shares her DIY adventures on her blog My Own Home.

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