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Monday, July 7, 2014

I Couldn't Leave Well Enough Alone

I hope everyone had a very fun, fabulous and safe 4th with your family and friends.  We had a great BBQ and I had a little time to do some crafting and putzing too.

You know how it is, you do a project and then you just keep tweaking it ever so slightly.  I am really enjoying my new diy desk accessories.   I had so much fun trying to create a look inspired by some accessories that I saw from Kate Spade.  I just needed a place for my paperclips, so I took a trip to goodwill and found just the perfect thing.


Ok, actually I found a few things.  I have no idea what these little rectangle dishes were originally for, but I bought both of them (hubby said he thinks they might have been for sugar packets) and also a little round dish that I thought was cute.  


I'm still using the same gold spray paint that I have been using on all my glass and accessories.  I love this stuff.  It is available at Joann's and on line.  


I taped a strip through the middle of one of the rectangular dishes and then sprayed it with my 24K gold spray paint.  Perfect size to hold my big paperclips.
The second one I left the bottom and top of the dish clear and just spray painted a gold band around the side of the bottom.  I also sprayed some of my butterfly clips gold too.


I think they are a fun addition to the desk.

Alright, I know, this is getting to be a little obsessive, but since I have been painting everything in sight, I really thought I needed to give my tape dispenser a chic makeover. 


 Out came the frog tape and I covered all the clear plastic area really good.


 Then outside to give it a good coat of 24K gold.  I read somewhere that if you spray clear over the top of gold paint, it will make it shiny and look more gold.  It will also protect the paint too.  We'll see how this turns out.


While the paint was drying, I decided to change out the lamp for a more sleek style.   I love the style and geometric shape of this one - - -


 plus it has a metal shade with a brass liner inside.  How fabulous is that!!!!!

Not sure if I did something wrong or what, but the clear spray over the gold paint on the dispenser made it look weird.  I ended up gold leafing it.  Much better.

 I love the tape dispenser, it is a great finishing touch.

Then on a seperate shopping trip with a friend, I found one more upgrade.  I really thought I needed an elegant cup to go with all my other accessories.  How could I possibly turn down this beauty with gold trim.


OK, I am going to quit now, I love it all and I have had so much fun just playing.  Isn't that what counts?


If you want to see the whole desk makeover, you can check it out here.
So what have you tweaked lately?

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53 comments:

  1. Marty, you have turned these pieces into jewels! I love the idea of spraying them with gold paint! Wow, they really pop now! I have always been a fan of brass and gold even when it wasn't popular. I'm thrilled to see it making a big comeback! Love your desk accessories!

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  2. Marty,
    I love your desk space. I think it is great all the little touches of paint to bling things up a little bit. Now this space reflects you and looks great.
    Kris

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  3. I love it .... and the gold really sets a perfect setting on your desk!!!

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  4. These are so creative! I'd love to overhaul my organizational material like this.

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  5. How clever of you! Those look like expensive pieces -- and all with a bit of paint! Nice desk area!

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  6. What a fun project! A touch of glam looks so nice on your desk, you are so creative!

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  7. Love all your up grades; that lamp is gorgeous

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  8. Oh Marty, your desk accessories look terrific and so professional. You really did a good job painting them.
    I am always tweaking something and then have to go back and clean up my messes LOL.
    Your desk look like it should be in a magazine.
    Have a great rest of the weekend.
    Mary

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  9. Geez Marty! I love it! It looks so expensive and elegant. (just like you) :) Great job!
    Hope you had a great 4th!
    ~Liz

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  10. Well I don't blame you for getting carried away! The results are fabulous!!

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  11. Gorgeous, I love the look. Terrific idea for paperclips, love the tape dispenser!

    Kim

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  12. Oh Marty, you're desk bling makes me smile! It is absolutely fabulous and makes me want to get a can of the 24k gold paint (or two)! Have a wonderful weekend, Jane

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  13. Such a stylish desk. It will make paying bills much less of a drag!!

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  14. I couldn't help but chuckle at your title, Marty! I do the same thing with my projects (should leave well enough alone), but your tape dispenser ended up looking lovely, so I think you went just far enough! I love the cup too!

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  15. How pretty Marty, such a stylish desk you created! I am like you, I never leave anything well alone, lol! I get bored and start thinking and if I have to make a Little trip somewhere...I do too! I love the White cup and the containers in clear, just perfect!
    Hope you're enjoying your 4th. weekend.
    FABBY

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  16. WOW! So impressed! Your desk accessories are so impressive and you always amaze me with your talent! Thank you so much for stopping by! Hugs

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  17. Great way to customize your desk accessories! Who would ever know you did it with gold spray paint? Wow!

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  18. I love your tweaks, Marty! You've given some plain every day items a bit of class with the gold paint.

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  19. I am thinking about spray painting a few things for my desk now too. Thanks for the inspiration Marty!

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  20. Looking pretty fancy Marty ... love the gold with the black. Wish my desk looked that neat.
    Hope your 4th was fun.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  21. Classy look for a classy lady. Now if I could find my desk I could spruce things up! <;)


    Cathy's Calamity Cupboard

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  22. Absolutely! So stylish and fun too. The gold spray paint is a great way to perk up everyday items. Enjoy your new desk space!

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  23. Marty,
    Perfection in Progress, dear friend!!!
    I love, LOVE, L O V E all your Midas Touch accessories!!!
    The new mug. . .exquisite!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  24. So cute! I really need to do SOMETHING to my desk - it's just lacking!

    I looked at the full do-over, too, and it looks great.

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  25. OMGoodness, this has ade me loo around here at my desk and it is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTHING pretty at all! I have got to remedy that ASAP! Thanks for inspiring me. Come on over and meet our little granddaughter!!!:):):) Hope you had a GREAT 4th!

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  26. Oh dear, sorry for the typos! My keyboard is OLD:(

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  27. Too cute Marty!!! It all goes together so nicely and looks magazine worthy!
    Cindy

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  28. Beautiful!! Loved checking out your site :)

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  29. Love the new additions, Marty. xo Laura

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  30. Thanks for some great ideas. Never thought of painting glass, but now will be painting everything that doesn't move probably.

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  31. Marty, you are too cute! I love all your gold bling!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  32. Painting your desk accessories gold looks like a terrific way to make things look chic. Generally I prefer a basic black, but your desk looks like a million bucks!

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  33. Amazing what you think up! How rich your desk looks now, love it!

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  34. Love your gold touches Marty, looks amazing and love your lamp! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  35. Beautiful! Just beautiful! Love your home. Every detail is perfect!
    studio-with-gothic-style

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  36. Marty, I love all of your desk accessories. They are so chic! And I love that you upcycled some items from Goodwill. There is so much that can be reinvented when one is creative!

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  37. I'm loving your gold touches Marty, looks very chic. I just love a good paint can project. :)

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  38. Hi Marty! I want to copy your ideas to spruce up my desk/office at work! Would you share what brand/type of spray paint you used? Thank you!

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    1. I just added a picture to the post. It is Design Master 24K pure gold. Love this stuff.

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  39. SO inspirational! I love that lamp! It looks fabulous on your desk! Very, very nice!

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  40. Hi Marty,

    How creative! From the 'M' to the tape dispenser, it all looks so amazing and really makes a statement! Yes, the cup is fine just as it is! Thanks for sharing this wonderful project!

    Have a great week!

    Poppy

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  41. Marty, the gold paint makes everything looks so chic! You did a fabulous job with your updates!

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  42. Do I dare say you have the Midas touch? Everything looks so lovely and pulled together! Very cute idea to spray paint all of your accessories. I'm so glad you found such a pretty cup, because, truly the desk would have been missing something if you had not added that cup! My desk is rarely without a cup (or humungous mug) at least throughout the morning....lol!

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  43. Marty your desk accessories look very stylish...love what you've done to them!!

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  44. looks great! I dont think I would have ever thought about painting that gold paint on the glass items and I love how it looks. I need to remember this!
    have a great day and thanks for sharing!
    xoxo
    vivian

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  45. Love that. They just may be my favorite of it all. That gold spray paint is amazing.

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  46. Love how you updated old tired things and made them beautiful! Love how your desk looks now. Great makeover!

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  47. Love the gold look Marty!! Your desk looks beautiful!!!
    LuAnn ;)

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  48. What an elegant desk set you've created, Marty! You've made me ashamed of my junky desk. I hope this post inspires me to do something about my desk. laurie

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  49. What a great idea to jazz up your desk supplies like that! I had not ever thought to use paint to make everything match. Your desk looks a lot nicer than mine! Mine has doors that I can hide all the clutter, but it usually stays open most of the time.

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  50. I put together a tutorial on creating wall art with a simple decoupage idea. I saw some expensive prints on Oka and I guess sort of 'hacked' the idea. I was quite pleased with how it turned out and hope that your viewers find it helpful.

    Lee :)

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  51. I love the gold! Pinned. We love having you be a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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