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.
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.
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
Tape off your stripes.
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.
Paint and let dry. I went with one coat for a slightly thinner, more distressed look.
This wood box is so versatile that I’m thinking I might need to go back and get more.
It’s perfect for decorating…
… And it’s a great way to corral those art supplies.
For us… this one will store necessities in our guest bathroom.
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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