Introduction: How to Redecorate the Office When Everyone Is Gone

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Have you ever shown up to work at 10:30 on Friday morning and went looking to see if anyone else wants to go get donuts with you only to discover there is not a single living human-being in the entire office?

Only then, you check your calendar and remember that April 17th is National Cheeseball Day. Why did no one remind you!?

Well, perhaps the day is not a total loss. If everyone is gone, then there is no one to object to your plan to redecorate the office.

Here is how to redecorate your workplace on those days when you show up to find yourself completely alone (and without objection).

Step 1: Make Sure Everyone Is Gone

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Peek into everyone's office and make sure they are gone. A good indication that they are not in the office is that their laptop and personal belongings are missing.

If their stuff is strewn about the office, then perhaps they went out to get donuts or are in the bathroom. Wait fifteen minutes and check again. Chances are you are not alone.

Step 2: Decide What Needs Changing

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Look around the office and decide what is in need of changing or "brightening up."

Go room to room and take note of what could use a little "livening."

Step 3: Improve Fan Art

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Nothing says "biggest fan" like a giant picture of yourself. Take down all of that other puny 8.5" x 11" fan art and set it aside for a later date for safe-keeping.

It's now time to show your boss how big of a fan you are!

Rasterbate a giant image of yourself and tack it to the wall! Everyone will be thankful you did!

Step 4: Livin' It Up

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Yarn can effectively brighten up any boring old office and if you're like me, you have 300 extra skeens just lying around.

Look how well it worked for Noahw's fabulous office.

He will surely be highly appreciative that I took such careful consideration in adding a touch of subtle color to his desk, chair and ceiling fixtures. How could anyone not be?

Step 5: Make It More Inviting

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When I approached the office of fungus amungus I was honestly a little intimidated. He had a gold record on the wall, after all.

I decided to make his office a little more inviting. The most inviting thing I could think of was furry fabric, but unfortuately I could not cover the entire door. I ran out. So, I figured the next most inviting thing was yellow felt, but that did not cover the entire door either. So, I ended up adding some blue linen and brown other stuff. The effect?

Very inviting!

So inviting, in fact, that I felt welcomed to move inside of his office where I first noticed his chair lacked a backing! This is not very ergonomic. I decided to find him every chair that I could with a backing so that he could try them all out. I'm sure he will appreciate that.

Step 6: Realize You Are Not Alone

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Discover that you are not the only one who didn't get the memo about National Cheeseball Day when you go to redecorate the programmer's room.

In spite of a thorough sweep of the building in the morning, it turns out that people on off sleep schedules show up at all hours and valiantly fight back redecoration of their office.

Some people are just unappreciative!

Step 7: ...on an Unrelated Note

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Longtime friend of Instructables - Matt - has succeeded in eating an entire cake pop in one bite.

For this accomplishment he has won a dollar and a certificate on the wall of achievement (not pictured).


bajablue (author)2012-08-06

Hilarious!!! ;-D

kellie-and-john (author)2009-09-26

awesome slingshot organizer! i have one too :D

randofo (author)kellie-and-john2009-09-26

Yes, quite handy

destructopop (author)randofo2011-07-03

Me too! They really are the best, and super handy!

Kiteman (author)2009-04-20


Rachel is a scary lady when she's riled!

Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2009-04-20

Okay, I'll bite - YGLF?

Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-20

>Smiles enigmatically<

You'll have to wait for the ible...

rachel (author)Kiteman2009-04-20

YGLF??? You're lucky you're an ocean away, mister!

Kiteman (author)rachel2009-04-20


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gmjhowe (author)Kiteman2009-04-21


Kiteman (author)gmjhowe2009-04-21

Pm me that one, I might be able to use it.

jessyratfink (author)Kiteman2009-04-24

Yard Gnome Liberation Front?

Kiteman (author)jessyratfink2009-04-24


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zuner2012 (author)2009-06-24

Awesome 'ible. Parts of it really made me laugh. Especially when I went to the Rasterbator website. There is an online version. Or you can "Rasterbate" offline with any resolution.. yeah.. maybe a new name.. Still.. Nice 'ible; keep up the good work.

stuart576 (author)2009-06-07

Well on seeing the preview image for this instructable i thought you had ceramic tiles above your desk and you had drawn that image with a whiteboard marker, god knows why i thought that. Seems i can be very, very wrong haha

matroska (author)2009-05-27

YES! Long live RASTERBATOR! And offices like that, too.

matroska (author)matroska2009-05-27

...and here's my pretty girlfriend rasterbated!

Once, I told my high school art teacher about the Rasterbator. Then, the last time I went checking the school (I graduated), its wall was covered with raterbation projects from student. It was very nice, a good change; the school was pityful and (more) boring otherwise.

Mafamoo (author)2009-05-01

wooo! gz!

Chicken2209 (author)2009-04-26

Never mess with the programmers she will erase your about you and replace it with Rachael rocks :0

Yerboogieman (author)2009-04-24

Rachel is scary, yet, still looks like my aunt.

wenpherd (author)2009-04-24

bwah! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! ha! funny

Weissensteinburg (author)2009-04-20

I love rasterbating!

*muffled giggling*

cornflaker (author)jessyratfink2009-04-24


majeral (author)2009-04-23

It was not nicwe of the his office family to leave and not tell him. I bet his feeling were so hurt that he sat down and cried for along itme before he pushed away his anger and decided to brighten things up. What a kind forgiving person he is.. And all this kindess will come back to him 10 fold. Maj

RichardBronosky (author)2009-04-23

If your are going to create a mural out of a bunch of sheets of letter paper, I'd suggest using

Here is an example on the one I made:

pdub77 (author)RichardBronosky2009-04-23

uh, that's what he used. does anyone actually read these instructables or just look at the pretty pictures?

jessyratfink (author)2009-04-22

Ah, very nice! Especially the vertical depth. Why hadn't I thought of that?

T3h_Muffinator (author)2009-04-21

Brilliant! Brilliant! I'm sure Eric will love his new mural.

Lithium Rain (author)2009-04-20

Haha! I love you, Randy! xD So totally faved. Also, MATT! <3 <3 <3

thanks i <3 you too!! wait different Matt? (well he aint "THE" Matt is he)

Haha, I <3 you too. I meant Stumpchunkman, Matt Dalson. :)

randofo (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-20

That's not Matt Dalson.... that's yet another Matt

Lithium Rain (author)randofo2009-04-21

Aw. I take back all the <3s...sorry, other Matt!

haha. I'll let it slide. I know which Matt they were really for


Dang, i never get no screaming fan girls. : (

gmjhowe (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-20

Three ASCii hearts? Somebody is crushing...

Lithium Rain (author)gmjhowe2009-04-20

Well I've quite the reason to now don't I? :-P

gmjhowe (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-21

Why? especially when randy and coffee just pointed out it aint stump.

Lithium Rain (author)gmjhowe2009-04-21

Those comments were made after my comment...consider all ascii hearts rescinded...

That may be a different Matt than you're thinking of. _-

D: Are you sure? Hey, Randy! Is that Stumpchunkman?

gmjhowe (author)2009-04-20

Haha! I love it. Great work there. Must be nice to work at a place where you won't get fired for that kind of thing... Unless you spent your first day of un-employment writing this up.

caitlinsdad (author)gmjhowe2009-04-20

Either way, however underpaid he may be, now is not a good time to ask for a raise. There must be some fine print somewhere in the employee handbook that covers rasterbating in the office on company time...

gmjhowe (author)caitlinsdad2009-04-20


gmjhowe (author)gmjhowe2009-04-20

We should make Eric a sign 'No rasterbating on the walls'

caitlinsdad (author)gmjhowe2009-04-20

A simple "Please Knock Before Entering" will do.

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