This Workstation is Cleverly Hidden Inside a $20 Garage Sale Find

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Printer and school supplies inside refinished cabinet

Decor on the outside, business on the inside.

School and office supplies are essential when you’ve got a household of kiddos and busy parents, but let’s be honest, they’re not the most eye-appealing pieces. Hip2Save reader Laura found a frugal solution to have the best of both worlds.


Refinished cabinet for concealing school and work supplies

I recently purchased an ugly old entertainment center from a garage sale for $20. After some paint, it looks great to house our printer, paper, computer cords, etc. Now when it’s time to complete an assignment, we can simply open the cabinet and everything is right there!

Finished wardrobe cabinet with printer and school supplies

I also put a plastic file box inside the cabinet to store my children’s artwork I wish to save, along with photos and other things I want to treasure (but don’t have time to deal with right now!). I have folders labeled with the year so I can quickly place the pieces into the corresponding files.

Over the door shoe hanger used for markers, pencils, and other supplies organization

I cut some over-the-door shoe hanger pockets to the size of the cabinet door and used some stick-on hooks to attach them in place. Then I stuffed the essentials for homework inside the pockets so my kids can easily grab them when needed. It makes busy school nights so much easier, and the printer eyesore is gone!


What a fantastic, frugal DIY!

Thank you, Laura, for sharing your garage sale find that you’ve transformed into beautiful & functional decor!

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Comments 12

  1. MaymeV

    This is sooo good! Totally borrowing it… Thanks 😊

    • hip2jen

      Thought the same thing. This is more of a storage not a station.. but very clever for using it as a storage for home office supplies.

  2. Jennifer

    I love this idea!

  3. Kathleen

    Great idea!

  4. Pensxfan

    Awesome idea!!!

  5. hazy

    Neat idea! I love these kinds of posts.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I agree! Awesome idea! Thanks for the feedback, Hazy!

  6. Zita

    Great idea!

    I was limited on where I could “set up” shop, so I asked my VERY handy husband to make one of our closets into my office.

    When we have guests, just shut the doors.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      PERFECT! 🙌

  7. Debbie in PA

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome!

  8. pokz

    Workstation? What work do u do? Filing and highlighting?

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