One Mile Home Style: DIY Portable Office Space: Create and Share

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DIY Portable Office Space: Create and Share

I'm so excited to be joining with 8 other amazing bloggers this month to show off how we each styled a simple wooden tray. We all started with the same basic wooden tray*, but the finished products are anything but basic.

September Create and Share - Wooden Trays

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Wooden Tray Portable Office Space Create and Share | One Mile Home Style

Initially, I wasn't sure what I wanted to use my tray for, but I knew exactly how I wanted to finish it. I grabbed a grey paint from my hoard supply of sample pots, an old atlas, Mod Podge*, and some leftover stain.

How to create a DIY wooden map tray | One Mile Home Style

I gave the entire tray a couple of light coats of paint and then lightly sanded the edges to soften the corners and edges a bit, and to slightly distress it. Then with a rag, I lightly rubbed wood stain over the entire piece to finish off the aged look.

DIY Map Tray Portable Office Space Create and Share | One Mile Home Style

For the inside of the tray, I ripped a couple of atlas pages up and used Mod Podge to hold them in place. Once I was happy with it, I applied one last coat of Mod Podge to the inside to fully seal it.

DIY Map Tray Portable Office Space Create and Share | One Mile Home Style

Then the fun part!! What to do with this tray?

DIY Map Tray Portable Office Space Create and Share | One Mile Home Style

After looking at my coffee table, I quickly realized I needed a place to corral all of my blogging "office supplies". I rarely work at my desk, and this tray gives me the perfect little portable office space I needed. All my pens and post-its, my planners and my to-do lists all have a place now, and it's easy to pick-up and move to wherever I decide to work.

Wooden Tray Portable Office Space Create and Share | One Mile Home Style

Be sure to check out what these other lovely ladies created!

September Create and Share - Wooden Trays

1. Faux Living Wall Art by Up To Date Interiors
2. Tray Makeover by Refashionably Late
3. DIY Wet Mitten Dryer by Our House Now A Home
4. DIY Portable Office Space by One Mile Home Style
6. Grain Sack Stripe Inspired Tray by The House Down The Lane
7. DIY Tray Art Organizer by Shabby Grace Blog
8. DIY Trendy Plaid Tray by Casa Watkins




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14 comments:

  1. This turned out great! I love the atlas pages as the bottom! What a great idea to make a portable desk! I rarely work from my desk either so this would be a great idea to keep all of my blogging tools in one place.

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  2. I love this! That map is gorgeous with all of it's colors.

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    1. Thanks! Maps are such an easy way to add a little dose of color!

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  3. This is great! My blogging supplies are usually in a pile in the kitchen! Yikes! I'm gonna totally do this! Love the paint and antiquing you did on it and the map tops it off! Great work!

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    1. Thank you! It at least makes my coffee table look a little more organized!

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  4. Stephanie, this is genius! I need a tray to corral my blogging supplies, I don't know why I didn't think of it! I love the paint technique and the atlas. Such a great update on a boring little tray. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Stephanie I love this map insert!! I definitely need a portable office space as well. Would work especially at night moving all my work stuff around. Thanks for participating in the create and share this month! Pinned and Shared

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  6. Super cute!! I love the map and blue/gray. It's perfect for blogging supplies.

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  7. Cute idea Stephanie! Is the part of the map have any sentimental value to you? What a fun project and not too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday! Hope your day is going well.
    Cheers,
    AJ

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  8. A tray like this would be really nice to have around. It would make it so easy to cart around all the things you need and/or are working on. I would love to have one or two of these in an office trailer so I can move things inside of it around easily and quickly, while also being able to move the entire office itself.

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