August 28, 2012

{Easy & Pretty} Cube Storage Update!



Anyone else have a cube storage organizer in their home?? If you have kids, you've probably at least considered one for toy storage. It's not exactly the hottest piece of furniture, but it sure does meet a need. I actually bought mine in January for my craft room. Because, crafters, like children, tend to amass large piles of crap stuff.

I've recently moved my oh-so practical craft storage piece to my daughter's room and created for her a little reading/toy nook. Honestly, I miss the practicality of this in my craft space, but I refuse to own 2 of these units. I have my limits! 


Today, I've got a 5 minute (or less) project to add a bit of fun to this boring, but practical, piece. I should note that mine was purchased at Target and is ClosetMaid brand. But, this idea should work for any of the cubby storage units. 


To jazz up this unit, I used 5 glue dots (one in each corner and one in the center) to attach pretty sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper to the backs of 5 of the cubes. Yes, that's it! See why I say 5 minutes or less? The longest part of this project was picking out the 5 sheets of scrapbook paper!


This was easy as can be and adds some fun pattern to my daughter's reading nook! After I was done, I decided to remove two of the gray bins and replace them with 2 orange & white baskets. I picked those up for 75% off at Hobby Lobby. I knew I'd find a use for them! Anyone else have a hard time passing up baskets??


I snapped these photos soon after I finished my daughter's little nook. We have since filled the cubbies with all manner of stuffed toys, wooden puzzles and small books. I'm happy to say, it still looks cute!

Just in case you're curious, the hanging book ledges are photo ledges from Ikea. I know there are tons of DIY book ledges on blogland, but seriously, these cost me $15 each and took 10 minutes to install. If you're hesitant about building shelves, consider Ikea! :)

To see my daughter's room before I added this nook, visit her nursery tour!

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28 comments:

  1. Adorable! Wow...so the scrapbook pages were the EXACT size if the cube!!! Now thats awesome!!!!

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  2. I die for that amazing chevron storage basket corralling all your daughter's stuffed animals. Do you mind sharing where you purchased it? Thanks!

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  3. Emily, this is such a pretty update to your storage cube system...and I love how it's so easy...you don't even need scissors! :)

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  4. Super cute! I love the whole arrangement of the shelves above too :) Lily's room is still in the same state I arranged it before she was even born.. (She's 14 months now). Needless to say we need to take some MAJOR efficiency steps soon!!

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  5. How cute! I love her room -- so colorful! :-)

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  6. Well done, Emily. This the perfect ( and cheapest!) way to add colour to that plain white storage unit. Someday your daughter will appreciate it! :)

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  7. How cute and simple!! My kinda project, Emily!
    xo Heidi

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  8. I like it and would like one for my bedroom. :)

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