As I was preparing Friday’s post about our new entry way, you know, the one we built on the back of my craft bookcases, I thought, hey! – I should show you how the bookcases’ front side turned out too!
You may remember that a year ago I was considering which of several different kinds of coordinating storage boxes I would make to organize all the wonderful stuff I keep in my craft area. Luckily, before I even tried covering my first box, it occurred to me that I could very easily turn plain old cardboard boxes whatever color I wanted, with. . . plain old latex paint! So I got out the burgundy Satin Finish Latex left over from painting our kitchen pantry and started painting boxes.
Once I saw how I quickly and easily I could turn any cardboard boxes, like these eight large ones from reams of copier paper, into matching burgundy storage boxes…
I may have gone just a little box crazy. lol.
Having found how nicely they fit in a bookcase, I painted several boxes from the peaches we buy at a nearby orchard.
And I painted a set of four very old cardboard magazine files,
a couple of lidless shoe boxes,
and a cigar box.
There’s some burgundy paint left, so I can easily replace them if I should ever come across better boxes, like ones that still have their lids! lol.
DH helped me by finding a very old can of tan paint under the basement stairs. It’s the color we chose twenty-some years ago for the basement door, which just happens to be…
right next to my wall of yarn!
Finding this tan paint was like finding an important piece in a jigsaw puzzle. It looks great with the burgundy paint, which looks great with our faux-cherry bookcases!
And tan box lids look great with. . .
tan baskets and tan labels!
Nice leather label pocket, eh? I think it adds a nice finishing touch.
What you can’t see is the very thin U-shaped cardboard piece that I glued between the leather ‘frame’ and the box. That’s what creates the little pocket where the easily changed tan cardstock label sits.
I still like my burgundy storage boxes a year later. They’re simpler any of the other boxes I’d imagined making, but they’re well-coordinated and in several sizes, which is all I ever wanted/needed. I think they look especially good considering they’re all mine for only the cost of a little old paint.
Could something as basic as matching storage boxes have turned my craft area into A Place for Everything and Everything in it Place? Well. . . assuming any transformation would have begun a year ago, it apparently is not yet complete, because this is my craft table.
But I remind myself of the vast difference between before. . .
and after. . .
of my craft bookcases and I still have hope!
And yes, I do manage to keep my bookcases that tidy, most of the time. lol.