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List No.8: House Hunting Frustrations

Sprucing up a Paper Stack


I got this promotional paper stack a couple of weeks ago. Ugh.



I mean, who would put that on their desks? I know I wouldn’t, but I love having note paper handy for all those lists I constantly write so I decided to spruce it up a little.



I tossed the cover and dismounted the paper holder so it lay flat. Then I used permanent spray adhesive (outside!) to cover the front, where the image is.



I then placed the glued surface against the back of the paper I wanted to cover it with (a bit of wood grain gift wrap) and used a craft knife to cut along the sides of the cardboard using it as my template.



When everything was cut out I reassembled the holder with double stick tape on the side and regular tape inside and outside at the bottom and popped the paper back in.



And now it sits in one of the cube shelves by my craft desk and I always have a piece of paper on hand to jot down ideas or for writing yet another list.


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the constant hunger

I am new to your blog and I love it. I live in New York but am obsessed with Scandinavian design. This has been my favorite post so far (have been reading them all!)

Bathroom Mirrors

Very cute! Nicely done.


Great project, looks so much better now. Wood grains can do wonders here's another project that uses it successfully

lisa h.

A nice quick, clever fix! Neat wrapping paper too.

(Why is that woman dumping food all over herself? Silly, silly ad.)


Ha! I did the very same thing only I was lazy/OCD and just flipped it inside out to the plain white - The inside (originally the outside) wasn't too ugly or visible as it had a little flip lid. Great minds ;)


Nice! It looks so much more classy that way!

Camille @ the vintique object

Another edition of making the mundane beautiful. Very clever!


I love it! I will try this, this weekend. I hope it turns out as well as yours.


Åh vad jag gillar dina tips och knep och beskrivninger!!!!


Alison @ thistleandplum

Oh, and they were so hoping that you'd stare at their adverts every day! What a nice makeover.

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

Will post about it soon!

Ness at Drovers Run

I love it. I'm always interested to see what colours/textures you go with, when they're not white. I love white things - but I never know what accents to bring in to it.

I did a post today about a revamp that I'm doing (a small one) on my home office - and it's all been inspired by your style and your blog. :)


Nice work! :)

Lisa Flaherty



Great idea! I'd hate to throw out something so useful as a stack of paper, but I'd also hate advertisements on my desk.

I'm surprised you didn't use white contact paper. ;)


you are soooo very clever!
how's the house hunting progressing?


So creative! :)


Benita, you are a genius.


What a difference!!!! Subtle now and lovely.

Jennifer S.

This is another one of those simple but brilliant ideas of yours. Love it!

mama ring



That is EXACTLY what I did with one of those I got as a gift and did not like the outside! I love that I did something just like you! Now if only my home could be as organized and tidy...


Wow, neat transformation!

Miss VanDroo

Much better! I never would have thought of that!


Great idea!


Inspiring! As all your posts are! Will absolutely go through my house with different eyes...what can I change? Looking forward for more great posts!

Definitely, you're Genius! =)


Du gör så fina saker!


Looks awesome as usual! :-)

Petit Filoux

That is such a neat clever idea!


Oh, that gift wrap is nice!


Really ugly to really classy!!
Love it!


I LOVE this little project!


SO funny!!


You can never have too much paper or too many lists! Nice idea.

Maureen@Notes on a Visual Life

That's. awesome.


Arh sticky back plastic. Brings back such happy memories of 'Blue Peter'.
They could make a perfect recreation of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon with the inside of some toilet rolls an old wire coat hanger and some sticky back plastic.
You would have fit right in Benita. ;o)
Jo xx


Beyond cool!

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