White Stripe Storage Box

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been living in our new house for over 7 weeks. In addition to unpacking and painting, I’m quickly discovering that what worked in our old place is not necessarily going to work in our new. From paint colors to decor, we are rethinking everything as we start this new home chapter. And our most pressing need has been for new storage solutions in a variety of areas.

In our move we lost over 600 square feet of space. Although we gained some great storage (hello pantry and laundry room cabinets) we lost several rooms. We sold off and donated a lot of the big stuff, but storing the smaller stuff that we brought with us has required a little more creativity.

Our guest bathroom that once had the most amount of cabinet storage in all of the bathrooms in our home now has zero. So I quickly began looking for a cute basket or crate to hold toilet paper. I knew I was on to something when I came across the Skogsta wood handle box at IKEA.

Skogsta Wood Handle Box | Storypiece.net

How cute is this box for storage?!

In fact, the moment I saw it, I snatched it up before even thinking through where it would go. Once I took a minute to consider if it would be a “responsible” purchase, I remembered the guest bathroom and was completely sold.

Of course I had to make it my own with a little paint.

Skogsta Crate Storage | Storypiece.net

The guest bathroom is a rust color which we plan on changing, but not for awhile. It’s a small and darker space so I’ve been adding white to lighten the mood. What my IKEA box needed was some white striping.

Cue intro to Seven Nation Army

Custom Skogsta Box with Handle | Storypiece.net


Tape off your stripes.

Easy Trick for Creating Stripes |Storypiece.net

Easy trick: I chose not to use a ruler, but instead followed the edges of the box as my guide. I then, eyeballed the thinner stripe down the center.

Custom Storage Solutions | Storypiece.net

Paint and let dry. I went with one coat for a slightly thinner, more distressed look.

Skogsta Box with Handle | Storypiece.net

This wood box is so versatile that I’m thinking I might need to go back and get more.

It’s perfect for decorating…

Simple Outdoor Decor | Storypiece.net

… And it’s a great way to corral those art supplies.

Creative Art Supply Storage | Storypiece.net

For us… this one will store necessities in our guest bathroom.

Creative Bathroom Storage | Storypiece.net

Goodness… I can’t wait to paint this room!

What would you store in this wood box? How would you customize it for a more personal look? What is your most creative storage solution? 

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  1. Kelly says:

    I see an IKEA stop in my future. I’ll have to find that box for my two bathrooms at the townhome! Thanks, Danielle!

    • Danielle says:

      IKEA is amazing for reasonable priced window treatments too. We picked up blackout curtains for Tessa’s new room and they are incredible! When she has them closed, it’s like walking into a movie theater.

      Looking forward to hearing about your new place and seeing photos on FB.

      • kellycreason says:

        Ooooh! Thanks for the tip on the blackout curtains. I bought some at JCP when I first moved here, and they were crazy expensive, so I’ll definitely check out the IKEA ones. I am going to make curtain rods from PVC pipe (spray painted), super cheap curtain rod brackets, and hot glued finials on the ends. I am not DIY, but even that looked easy for me! Thanks!!

        • Danielle says:

          Before you head to the hardware store, check out IKEA first. They have some really reasonable priced curtain rods with cute finials, no DIY required. 🙂 They even have a dual rod mount so that you can hang two rods over the same window… one for curtains and one for sheers. We did that in Tessa’s room in the old house. She loved it!

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