Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pottery Barn Knock-Off Desk Organizer

You can see the piles of fabric in the reflection of the computer. 
 My mom got me this sign that says 
"I'm not messy, I'm creative!"
I sometimes get discouraged when looking on Pinterest seeing those photos of other's craft rooms and they are so clean and organized. 

I did clean up for these photos. 
My craft room will never look like that...actually that is why I have a room. Because my husband didn't want to see the mess in the dining room anymore. 

Learn how to make my "Happy Thoughts" Album
Sources of inspiration and smiles. 
I just love that pink and green. 
From Pottery Barn,  "Divided Wood Catch-All" $49.00

My goal is to at least be organized for 2012. So after seeing this "Catch-All" desk organizer in the Pottery Barn catalog. This would be cute on my desk to "catch-all" my stuff. 

Started out with a box I scored at a flea market for $3.00.  And this turning divider for $2.00. 
Wood box. 

This divider turns on a base. 

I primed and painted each piece. The round divider was painted basic white and the box painted mint green. Then using Mod Podge Fabric adhesive, I used a scrap of Amy Butler's "Love" collection to decorate the box. Also added some white porcelain knobs to the ends of the box.  

My Pottery Barn Knock-Off Catch-All
The round divider I used matching scrap booking paper to make labels to organize each section for pens, pencils, markers, gel pens, etc. 

The labels are from Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made. you can get them HERE.
I just love pink and green. 

So far, this has really helped me out. I have been able to find things and been diligent on keeping the "Catch-all" organized. Hope this inspires you to make your own or maybe even compel you to organize your own things. 

Or you can stick with my favorite quote:

"People that are organized are just too lazy to get up and look for it."



  1. I LOVE the turning divider! Wish I could find something like that for all of my pens!

    1. Thanks so much! It seems like I find things I don't need and then it turns out I needed it after all *Pen divider VOILA!

  2. I love your flea market scores! You've done such a great job jazzing them up.

  3. Love what you've done with them. They look so pretty now and are useful too. I am a new follower visiting from Flamingo toes. Vicky from Mess For Less