Customize It… Office Wall Pockets

Some of you may have seen a new column in Redbook last month featuring some DIY projects by me (and some people on the team). January is always a huge organizational month for me, I throw out all systems that don’t work (which is basically all of them) and start new systems (that I’ll surely fail at as well). So Beth Ziegler from Bneato (the lovely organizational expert in LA that I work with) came up with some very cute and functional wall pockets to help keep paperwork off my desk and up on the wall in a very cute way.


That was the article but I know its kinda hard to see on just that page, so we broke it down for you.

Here’s what you need, and pretty much everything can be purchased at a hardware store, except the lucite file folder which came from Staples.


1. Painter’s tape $6.58 2. white spray paint $3.87 3. artist tape $5.79 4. tweezers 5. kraft paper $4.99 6. stick on letters $5.99 7. color spray paint $6.95 8. screws 9. clear wall pocket $13.49


1. Apply your letters: Measure the file so you can center the stick-on letters that you’ll paint over and peel off later. I used two-inch vinyl letter stickers from Staples—they’re only $5.99 a pack.

2. Create a center line: Roll ⅛-inch art tape diagonally across the file, going over the letters. This way, you ensure there’s a straight line between the paint colors, and it will be see-through like the letters.

3. Time to paint: Affix a piece of painter’s tape and paper over the art tape so that only the top half of the file is exposed. Spray-paint this half and wait for it to dry before removing the tape and paper. Repeat the process for the bottom half.

4. Remove the letters: It’s so important to use tweezers—you don’t want to scrape off any of the paint with your nails. Then follow the directions on the file to hang it on your wall, step back, and admire your job well done.


I chose to do ‘To Do’, ‘Invoices’, and ‘Receipts’ because those are all the categories that I hate dealing with in my life so they just pile up and up on my desk which really just creates anxiety in my life. So now they are up on the wall (although full disclosure, we shot this at my friends Scott’s house (because he has that killer Farrow and Ball Hague Blue wall).


I’m like a little kid and need organizing (and cleaning and paying bills) to be fun and pretty or else I won’t do it, so every idea like this totally helps.

Thanks Beth from BNeato for collaborating on this project and Tessa Neustadt for the lovely photography.

  1. Kim

    I love this Emily! But would you mind sharing what color you used? I click on the link provided and I don’t see cool mint green. Thanks!!!

  2. This is so cute! In the middle of an office overhaul right now… I may have to make these!

  3. emily

    cute idea! so many many uses.

  4. Victoria

    Love the fie idea and the way everything looks on the desk top!
    Sherman Williams Naval also gives a deep, rich blue which I’m pretty sure I read someplace in your blogs. I used it on my bookcases that I had painted black for my old apartment but it was to dark when I moved. I wanted the color to cause a double take is that black oh, blue. It works, I think that every time I see them!

  5. Judy

    I love, love, love that lamp? Would you share the source?


  6. Kellie

    Thanks for this; looks awesome! But, thank you even more for recommending Hague Blue. I first saw you use it for the Fig House project. We just bought our first house- in Portland- and my living room is Hague Blue. I can’t thank you enough for that one.

  7. Mar

    So cute but I’m so lazy and busy. Wish someone could sell these on Etsy!

  8. SLG

    I am so doing this. Did you have any problems with the tape sticking to the first paint color and pulling it off, after you sprayed the second paint color? (If that makes any sense…)

    • beth

      hey SLG– Use the painters tape and just be very delicate and place the tape only on the artist tape that you won’t take off til the very end. otherwise, the tape probably would pull off the paint. does that make sense?:)

      • SLG

        That does make sense! Thanks for the pro tip.

  9. branka

    Goes without saying the wall pockets are stylish and functional to boot, but the details capture my eye just as much. That desk lamp just completes the look…and the brassy, bauhausy, art deco style sticky tape dispenser – just georgous! Well done!

  10. Whitney

    Love the lamp. Can you please tell us source. Thank you.

  11. Tracy

    Gah! Tape dispenser! Want SO BAD! I assume it is vintage?

  12. love it. super cute. although i think all mine should all say ‘crap i don’t want to deal with’ as if it’s paperwork, then that’s what it is. ;)

    that tape dispenser is SO amazing. i mean….

    good stuff.

  13. alyssa

    Hi Emily, Would you mind letting me know what the paint color on the wall is? I love how it looks with the white/black/teal. Thanks!

  14. I have to know where that lamp in from!! Love it all though. :)

  15. This is a really clever idea…I have this desk space that is right in my family room and this is a such a cute way to add storage. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Kate

    LOVE the desk lamp … Where’s it from?

  17. Kelli

    Hi Emily! I love your blog and especially love this project! I was so happy when I was able to make these for my own office and I love the way they turned out. I showed my results on my blog and I mentioned back to your page so everyone can see how awesome this project is! Thanks for the great idea :)

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