Office Updates & Shell Charger Progress

Welcome to the 171st Metamorphosis Monday!

Greetings!  How was your weekend?  What did you work on this weekend?  Do anything fun?

I have a couple of small little updates to share this week for Metamorphosis Monday.  I decided to remove the TV from the office since I found I only turned it on a couple of times a month.   You can see it in this older photo to the right of the wallpaper organizer, beside the lamp.  I guess I hadn’t added the ottoman yet when this pic was taken.

Pottery Barn Bedford Home Office, Craft and Sewing Room

In place of the television, I have a new little file organizer.  Sorry this pic is a bit dark; these photos were taken after dark.

Pottery Barn Home Office, Craft and Sewing Room

I found the organizer at Marshalls for just $24.99.  (They also had it in black in case you are looking for something similar but need it in black.)

Pottery Barn Home Office, Craft and Sewing Room

The top section holds a folder filled with notes on things I need to work on.

Pottery Barn Home Office, Craft and Sewing Room

The bottom section is where I stash away things needing to be filed.  This has worked so much better than having stacks of little papers and post-it notes squirreled away on my desk.  The file organizer came with the “to do” and “to file” labels already in place.  Pretty cool!  I’ve really enjoyed having it here on the desk.

Pottery Barn Home Office, Craft and Sewing Room

Okay, here’s a pic this morning during daylight hours.  For those who have been asking about Mr. Max, this is his fave spot to be, furring up the ottoman. 😉 I have another little update planned for this room…hope to share it soon.  (If you’re new to reading BNOTP, you’ll find the full transformation of this room from boy’s bedroom to home office/sewing room/craft room in this post:  Pottery Barn Bedford Office Renovation.)

Pottery Barn Bedford Office Renovation

2nd Mini-Metamorphosis:  Pottery Barn Knock-0ff, Shell Chargers:

Recently, I came across some Pottery Barn Shell Chargers I really liked on eBay.  They ultimately sold for $233 dollars, way more than I was willing to invest!  I decided to try and make my own.   This weekend I worked on the other five chargers and here’s how they are looking so far.

Pottery Barn Shell Chargers Tutorial

The one I completed for the previous post is there on the back row in the center.  The others have their biggest shells glued in place and I’ve just started the process of filling in with the smaller shells.  I’m happy to report that it’s definitely going faster now that I kind of an idea of how I want to place the shells.  Yay!

Pottery Barn Shell Chargers Tutorial


So hopefully you’ll be seeing these in a table setting sometime in the next few weeks.

Update:  Completed filling in all the shells on the chargers.  See the final results in this post:  Pottery Barn Knockoff Shell Chargers

You’ll find a little tutorial for making these here:  Pottery Barn Knock-off Shell Chargers.

Pottery Barn Knock-off Shell Chargers

So that’s what’s shaking around these parts.  Can’t wait to see all the Before and Afters linked for this Met Monday!

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  1. black eyed susans kitchen says

    Great looking chargers Susan!

  2. DTTD says

    I definitely need a file organizer too – I need all the help I can get when it comes to keeping my papers in order! And the charger plates look great. Looking forward to seeing them in a tablescape 🙂 Kelly

  3. Your office is stunning!

  4. Thank you for hosting, Susan. I know just what you mean about little stacks of paper on your desk. Your office looks so organized and pretty. And, I love your shell chargers. Great look. I know I would never have the patience.

  5. Thanks for hosting, have a wonderful week!

  6. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Love those file folders, Susan! Thanks for hosting!

  7. Love your shell chargers!! They turned out great. Thanks for hosting. Sherry

  8. Mary Ellen says

    Love your pretty space Susan! Isn’t it wonderful having a creative space in which to do projects like your chargers which are lovely by the way! Though my space isn’t finished completely, it has been nice to sit down at the sewing machine and whip up a few little projects for baby shower gifts- (found one of the projects on pinterest- pee pee tee pees- they’re a hoot!

  9. Kathy A Delightsome Life says

    Hello Susan, Your office is so lovely and stunning! Love the organizer – fits perfectly with the decor! I appreciate you hosting and I hope you have a blessed week! Kathy

  10. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Love that organizer, Susan! Your chargers are coming along beautifully! Thanks for hosting!…hugs…Debbie

  11. thistlewoodfarm says

    Thanks so much for hosting the party this week! I love your office! Have a blessed and wonderful day! blessings, karianne

  12. allisamazing says

    Your chargers and office look great! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  13. Linda @ it all started with paint says

    Oh, I so envy your dedicated office space! And your new filing system. Unfortunately, I have little papers and post-its spread all over the place … the kitchen, the dining room, the living room … And those shell chargers look amazing! Thanks for hosting … 🙂

  14. Your office/craft room gets better and better!! Love it! Thanks for hosting- I really appreciate being able to come party here each week- and thanks for all the work you put it!! xo Becca

  15. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says

    Hi Susan, I am in awe of your chargers and the time involved too! BEAUTIFULLY DONE! Cindy

  16. Chari at Happy To Design says

    Hi Susan… Your new file rack is sweet and I love the pretty decorated folders…such a pretty design and color! I just adore your craft/office…I’m sooo envious, my friend! It has been so much fun watching the metamorphosis of that beautiful space! Love, love, LOVE your new shell chargers! I too, seen the chargers in Pottery Barn and thought they were really pretty…and also at a pretty price. I love how your finished charger looks…GREAT JOB, my friend! I seen a similar charger some time ago…but I don’t remember where. At the time I thought that it could be made. What a fun project. I would love to do a set up too! Thank you for always inspiring us, Susan! And…thank you for hosting another week of Met Monday! So happy that I could join in with the fun today. Love ya, Chari

  17. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Love the whole room! I know what you mean about notes every where. Great job on the chargers. Thanks for hosting again this week – you are appreciated. Have a great week.

  18. Susan, Those chargers look great.I would not have paid that either.Are they crazy??LOVE your office organizer.Looks great.Thank you for hosting.Have a great day! Anne

  19. You have the patience of a saint with those chargers, Susan! They are beautiful. I worked on a Baby Shower this week. Centerpieces, favors , food etc. Next week it is a First Communion!

  20. Scribbler says

    Thanks for the party, as always! Your office folder organizer certainly fits right in — and the coordinated folders are so cool. Your shell chargers look great! I bought the PB ones years ago, (they are wicker based) and now seeing your white ones, I think I might have to whitewash them a little. The color has darkened quite a bit over time. I can’t believe they sold for that much on eBay! They certainly didn’t cost that much at the time!

  21. crystal woolever says

    I really like the organizer, it reminds me of something PB would have. And your charges are just beautiful. Great job on those!!!

  22. Wow, your chargers are really looking gorgeous. Absolutely so much prettier than Pottery Barn. thanks for the party again! Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

  23. Little bit says

    That work space is so lovely! Thanks for hosting! Little Bit from

  24. Kerry Rossow says

    I love this party so much- I linked up from my phone! Thank you for being the hostess with the mostest! Kerry at HouseTalkN

  25. Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista says

    I love your office, plus it’s a space for crafting as well as all that other home-office work that needs to be done. I had been eyeing those saem chargers when they were in the Pb catalogue. They would be perfect for my fantasy beach house:) Jessica

  26. Katie Goldsworthy says

    Those shell chargers are awesome!!! Thanks for hosting! –Katie @ Creatively Living

  27. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    Love the chargers. Thanks for hosting.

  28. Martina @ Northern Nesting says

    Thanks for hosting Susan! Love those chargers!!

  29. The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ says

    thank you once again for a fabulous party and your craft room is amazing and the chargers are over the top WONDERFUL! hugs…

  30. Shari @ says

    Those are fantastic. What a great way to bring a light and airy feel to your table. Beautiful!!

  31. Teresa@SagebrushRidge says

    Love the file caddy. No one ever seems to have enough storage for the daily in and out papers. Thanks for sharing and letting us share too!

  32. There you are Mr. Max, have missed seeing you! Susan, I really like your organizer, even the file folders match the colours in your chair!! 🙂 You have certainly been busy with those chargers, they look amazing. No wonder you do not have time to watch t.v. in that room!!:) BTW, your chandelier provided me with inspiration. I had picked up from a Goodwill market, a five armed cream one for my gazebo tent outside. It was missing the glass globes which hung downwardes. Not needing this for light, I was wondering what to do about the open bulb holders, so…..I bought some faux flowers and covered the chandelier, pushing large daisylike flowers in the holders. My hubby just shook his head..but I like it!! 🙂

  33. Great little wall organizer – what fun you’ll have changing out file folders now and again. And I am amazed at how you are coming along on the chargers – what a dramatic statement the finished set will make.

  34. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    Susan, your chargers are going to be gorgeous! I can’t wait to see them in a tablescape. And your organizer is perfect for your office. I spotted it in the photo before I began reading your post. Thanks, as always, for hosting.
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  35. Carlene @ Organized Clutter says

    Missed your party for the last couple weeks, but I’m back. Thanks for hosting!

  36. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog says

    Thank you so much for hosting Susan! I absolutely love your craft room. That organizer looks so functional…might be fun to try to make. And I think your chargers are coming out so great! Perfect for summer. 🙂 Have a wonderful week, Karah

  37. Savannah Granny says

    Love, Love those chargers. Great knockoff! Blessings, Ginger

  38. Laurel Stephens says

    Your incredible shell chargers are true works of art, and I’m sure they’ll become cherished heirlooms. I’m amazed!

  39. Laurel Stephens says

    Oh! I was so amazed by your chargers, I forgot to thank you for hosting your wonderful party! Thank you!

  40. AshTreeCottage says

    Hi Susan! Your office is looking good. Thanks for a great party! Hugs, Susan and Bentley

  41. Your office is beautiful! I’m liking the chargers very much. Thank you for hosting and giving us all a chance to show off our stuff.

  42. Thanks for hosting. When I read chargers my brain said ‘cell phone’ and then I read your post again. Sea shell chargers, got it now.

  43. We didn’t do it on purpose but I can see the TV in the great room from my office so I can sort of watch if I want to. I have to tell you that I LOVE those chargers and am really tempted to give them a try. I have poor small motor skills though and I can almost feel the burns from the glue gun as I imagine making one! Maybe after I see them in a tablscape it will put me over the edge and I will give it a try! Robin Robin Flies South

  44. How to Nest for Less says

    Happy Monday to you! Thanks for hosting again 🙂

  45. I am glad you posted a picture of Max…I have missed seeing him!

  46. lauren @ West Furniture Revival says

    love the shell chargers! what a great idea, and i love the office, i could stay in there all day!

  47. Donna Wilkes says

    Envious of that super-organized workroom! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful party. I am going back to browse some more.

  48. Cottage and Broome says

    Love the charges and like your savings by doing your own!!! Thanks for hosting, Laura

  49. Crafty Mischief says

    I love your shell chargers and I want your craft room! Thanks so much for hosting a great party!

  50. martinealison says

    Un très bel espace de travail… Gros bisous, je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur et de santé en ce jour de 1 mai.

  51. martinealison says

    Thank you for hosting! Your office looks amazing.

  52. Thanx for hosting and love your office!!

  53. The Savvy Seeker says

    Adorable! We just renovated our bathroom…phew…that was a task! Great before and afters!

  54. I LOVE the new filing shelf…I immediately went to my Marshall’s here in Lawrenceville and they were out of them…which Marshall’s did you find yours at? Thanks Denise [email protected]

  55. Hi Susan, Your new office organiser is perfect for your room. I love Mr.Max on the otterman. Have a good week God Bless Barb from Australia

  56. classicms says

    Susan, with every addition your office gets lovelier. I wonder if you pause in the doorway to just admire your beautiful space. I hope so! I also admire all the work that you are putting into the shell chargers. I think yours are nicer than the original inspiration, and can imagine how well they will go with your shell enhanced bottles. I suspect that we will be admiring both in a future tablescape. Thank you for sharing with all of us. MM

  57. I love seeing those chargers in your home office/craft room as a “work in progress”. Love your vertical file, too, except it makes me feel guilty about all the “to file” items I have stuffed in my desk drawers. Not that you’ve spoiled Max or anything but I do think it’s a bit much to give a cat his very own Ottoman Empire.

  58. Thanks so much for hosting – Love love love what you’ve done in your office!!!!

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