Some people have asked me why my design blog features storage/organizational solutions and crafty things. It’s a good question! Here’s my take on good design – it goes hand-in-hand with having good organizational solutions for the space that you’re designing. And sometimes you have to get creative with how to organize all the things which brings out the crafty side of me! So there you have it – that’s why my motto is: Design, Organize, Create! Take these plywood boxes I found at the dollar store:
In our guest room/office, I needed some space to house the little things: paper clips, post-it notes etc. When I found these plain plywood boxes, I thought they’d look really great stacked and mounted in an area right by the desk that’s out of the way – but they needed a little pretty-fying! (Is that a word?!) Here are the materials that I had on-hand to use:
Each drawer unit was a bit rough so I gave it all a light sanding while still maintaining some texture. I then took inspiration from my business card and rolled on two coats of Decoart’s Light Lime acrylic paint on the exterior of each set of drawers:
I used my trusty FrogTape to cover my new minty goodness so that I could roll on the light yellow that was going on all the dividers of each box:
I also painted the inside of each frame with Decoart’s Coral Blush acrylic paint which at first I wasn’t sure about but it gives it such a nice hit of colour!
Next up was making the boxes look pretty so I started by painting the same yellow colour on the inside and bottom of each little box:
Then Mod Podge came to the rescue! I found this gorgeous floral scrapbook paper that I cut to size and then used Mod Podge to adhere and seal them to each box:
This next step was my favourite. I filled up the boxes, used self-adhesive bookplates that I had and used my label maker to identify what each box would hold (I LOVE LABELLING):
The final step was putting it all together and mounting it. I used 3M Command Strips to do this and, as always, they are holding up beautifully:
No wait, the final step is admiring your work!
Don’t you just love darling storage that makes you smile?! If you’ve done something similar, let me know!
In the meantime, check out three other talented bloggers participating in this August edition of There for the Making! I would love it if you would take a moment, stop by their blogs, and see what they made on a zero-dollar budget. There is some really creative inspiration to be had this month! A big thank you to Sarah from “Flourish and Knot” for organizing this challenge!
Check out all the no-spend DIY inspiration in this month’s #ThereForTheMaking Challenge!