Easy Upcycled Desk Caddy

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I don’t know if I have mentioned it here, but recently my firm at my day job as an architect moved to a different office building. Where the old office was an upfit of an old textile mill, this new office is a sleek and modern upfit of a more corporate space. This new space is bright and airy with lots of white and pops of orange, gray, and green. As I was looking at my desk, I decided that my desk caddies that hold my pens were dark and outdated and I needed something new and more in keeping with the new office building. Enter my upcycled desk caddies that I made from cans - they are simple, and yet bright and fun - perfect for my office!


These caddies are really, really simple!
This is really just an adaptation of how I made my silverware caddy inserts.

Take some fruit and vegetable cans.


Since I wanted white cans, I painted them with white chalky paint.


I used  (affiliate link) Folkart Home Decor Chalk in White Anirondack.



It took 2 or 3 coats to get good coverage. I didn't want to add a wax coat with this project because I really like the matte white on the cans. If I decide I want to add some gloss, I can always add some wax later!

Then I took some twine and cardstock labels I happened to have that matches my office decor.




I labelled what was going in each caddy with a black marker and then tied them on with the twine.


And that's all it takes to make a much more contemporary and bright desk organizer!

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