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Polished Mouse Pad

There are two ways (in my myopic opinion) to view your work/computer area, 1) your place of utter torment, or 2) your happy “me time” space. Regardless of your personal situation, we all need a pleasant set-up.

Exhibit A: Ew.

Exhibit A: Yuck.

It looks much worse than it actually is, I swear. At work I use a dual screen computer that uses a mouse. And not just any mouse, an “older-than-time-itself” type of mouse, which has a black bottom. And I’m not going to lie, my grubby hands have plopped on this countless times a day, so it is slightly overdue for a makeover.

A nice little secret is that if you have a fabric covered mouse pad you can typically peel the layer of fabric right off the top. ItGlue takes some yanking, but it will reveal a clean synthetic-y (new word) material. If your mouse pad has no fabric and is just covered with a thick skin that you can’t remove, just make sure you choose a thick fabric to layer over top.

Once I peeled off my gross, pink bubble fabric I grabbed my Elmer’s Spray Glue

and sprayed the surface of my mouse pad. Next I stuck the large piece of new fabric down on top of the glue and smoothed out the wrinkles.

After it dried I took a pair of regular scissors (you COULD use sewing shears, but why get all fancy?) and cut around the sides. I did have to make sure the tiny strings that always hang on to the sides of cut fabric were extremely short so they would lay flat on the adhesive.

Exhibit B: Lookin’ Sexy.

Yeah, that’s probably the first and last time anyone has called a mouse pad sexy and I’m not ashamed of it…but I digress.

It’s a small update that can bring a necessary  lift to your space and help turn your place of torture into your….well…prettier place of torture.

Mouse Pad


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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