Instead of going the traditional bunk bed route for her 7-year-old daughter’s room, Annisa of A Pretty Happy Home wanted the versatility that a trundle offered (storage or extra sleeping space). She says, “I pictured sleepovers with giggling girls, but also the possibility of storing off-season clothing or sports gear. Sure, it took us some [...Read More]
Kelli at Lolly Jane created a set of eight numbered wood crates for storage in her craft room. These started as unfinished wood crates that you’ve likely seen at Joann’s, but with stain and stenciling, they look much pricier! The storage possibilities with these are endless. I love how Kelli styled them here in the bathroom to hold towels, and as she points out, you can even add casters to make them mobile.
Erin from Elizabeth Joan Designs needed some storage for her son’s ever-growing collection of basketballs, footballs and soccer balls. She happened to have an old metal laundry basket in storage and gave it an industrial makeover a la Restoration Hardware. I love how Erin was able to use a little creativity to turn an item she wasn’t using anymore into a functional and decorative storage solution!
Brit from House Updated just finished converting a corner of her basement into a playroom. Storage was a must, so Brit combined a couple of different storage systems, including an Expedit-like unit she had on hand and a couple of kitchen cupboards from Ikea, to make her own Pottery Barn-esque storage system. She says, “This way I got all the extra storage and could customize it too! I fancied it up with painted fabric bins and colorful chalkboard labels and now the kids know exactly where to put their stuff. I love organization that looks good too!”
Now that the presents have all been unwrapped are you wondering where you are going to store them all??? Desiree from Camelot Art Creations made this rolling storage bin to corral all the toys that threaten to take over her living area each day. The beauty of this piece is that it allows her children to be accountable for cleaning up themselves since it requires simply throwing the toys into the crate. Desiree built her crate for free using pallet wood, but if building’s not your thing, you could also doctor up an unfinished crate from the craft store.
With the help of Ana White’s plans, Jaime from That’s My Letter built this simple, modern toy box with inset sides and a personalized lid. And let me just say this baby covers all the bases when it comes to safety with a child safe closure that holds its position and a cut-out in front so no little fingers get pinched! The lumber and hardware cost less than half of the retail price, making this DIY version a beautiful and budget-friendly option.
With a generously-sized closet and no need for a dresser, Hillary from The Friendly Home had plenty of space for furniture in her daughter’s bedroom. She already had a set of bookcases. Unfortunately, they happened to be “cheap, ugly, and “not very sturdy” bookcases that Hillary was more than eager to replace. She said goodbye to the laminate shelving and built a pair of solid wood cubby shelves following plans from Ana White. Hillary loves how the cube design keeps book standing up and allows for hidden storage so everything looks neat and tidy.
I recently shared the foldable and portable caddy that Michelle from Chalkboard Blue fashioned after Pottery Barn Kids’ numbered wall cubbies. The smaller design was perfect for holding utensils and other fixings for summer barbeques. Well, that’s not all, Folks! Michelle also created a larger version of her fold-n-go wooden tote that sports a handle, hinges, and a latch just like its little brother. Michelle says, “I love how this tote can be folded up and used to transport items or stretched out along a wall or closed up again for storage!”