Hardware treat

Normal women treat themselves to retail therapy at Saks and a new pair of shoes. I, in my twisted desires, get excited by a trip to Lowes (despite the ridiculous frequency of my visits) and treat myself to an electronic staple gun.

I don't know about you but those manual ones kill my hands. Not sure why I waited so long because this is clearly worth its price tag of $50.
My new toy - electric staple gun

First project was to turn the Ikea Ung Drill frame into something useful.
Office Accessories

I took out the glass and cardboard backing, cut a piece of screening to fit and stapled it in place.
Ikea frame into earring holder
Amazingly, I didn't staple into my finger once!!

For now its functioning as a earring holder
Ikea frame into earring holder
but the plan is to mount it in my office, get some hooks into and it and use it to hold the office supplies I need most often like scissors, etc. I'd like to keep as uncluttered a desk as possible. I just need to find the right kind of hooks/jars.

Hmm...but looking at this, perhaps I should have used pegboards instead? I think I'll try it with the screen and see how it holds up.

I actually purchased the staple gun for a totally different, non home decor related project but it will also come in handy when my fabric from Spoonflower arrives and I can upholster the guestroom chair seat. In case you're wondering, I scraped the paisley pattern I posted Friday in favor of this which I think will work better in the room as a quirky surprise.
Custom fabric
What do you think?
(loose translation in french : please be seated)


  1. As a collector of little chairs...I love this fabric!

  2. hahaha - i laughed when i saw you get your reatil theraphy from Lowes - i totally understand! i bought a sewing machine this weekend and was beyone excited :o) love the idea of turning the frame into something else - perhaps putting blackboard paint in the centre & using it as a place to leave/make notes?

  3. I love it, and the screening on the frame brilliant, I love a good staple gun.

  4. i love the chair fabric!

  5. I love what you did with the frame! And I can't wait to see your chair when it's finished!

  6. Can't wait to see your office come together!

    P.S. I hear ya. The Hubs and I will plan a hawt Friday night....and it's centered around a trip to Lowe's or HD.

  7. Oh and I really like the whimsical French design for the chair fabric. Reminds me of a chic little boutique.

  8. I love the mirror idea. Very cool.

  9. I would totally buy that chair fabric! Speaking of fabric -- I started to put together a post this weekend (not up yet...laptop was temporarily "reassigned" to the mister) on turning Ung into a bulletin board with funky fabric. But I think your screen idea works even better...lets the frame stand out more. Nice work!

  10. I love my electronic staple gun. And I usually always ask for handywoman gifts for xmas and birthdays. Tools are cool! Love the fabric, it's refreshing.
    Lisa & Alfie

  11. OH! Love the mirror. Great site!

  12. Oh you have done an amazing job on your brownstone. I wish GA had them. Found your blog through someone else???

    Where did you find your gorgeous black post card display rack?

  13. The postcard rack was a gift from a friend - it came from Pottery Barn. I don't think they sell it anymore but Im sure you can find it on ebay.

  14. What a clever idea!

    Girl + Staple Gun = endless decor possiblities!

  15. That is a totally brilliant use for the frame.

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