Monday, March 14, 2011

craft project: ikea storage unit

so i actually got the idea to do this from one of today's posts at design*sponge : sneak peak: kate durkin. i saw that ikea storage unit that i have and thought - I CAN DO THIS! i had so horribly tried to make mine better years ago by painting it yellow, pink and blue (ick, what was i thinking!). back when i was living with my parents, i had a yellow bedspread and decided that cubes of color on the wall flanking my window would look cool. but i painted them blue and pink (and the walls yellow). didn't look so great.

anyway, this storage unit has stayed the same all those years and i had been contemplating painting out all white until i saw that post! we're going through some furniture at work and i might be ending up with a little storage supported work surface, so i think this revamped cabinet will look great on top!

unfortunately i don't have it's final resting place set up yet, but still - here's the finished product, and i don't even have to repaint the yellow!

(don't mind our delightful orange-brown shaggy carpet...)

(or the orange vinyl flooring...that i actually don't mind anymore, since i love orange!)

i used scrapbook paper i had leftover-that-was-actually-never-used from the wedding (and leftover that WAS used for the bridal shower) and affixed with rubber cement! i'm afraid that it actually isn't going to stay on too well, but the rubber cement was kinda old so it was pretty thick and it seemed to stick on pretty well. i traced the patterns with pencil and just cut out with scissors and a mini cutting board. also, the bottom drawer was bigger than the paper, so that one is doubled up - you can kind of see the difference where the two pieces meet, but i think it worked pretty well.

anyway, this was a first "crafty" project for me, and i must say i think i was slightly inspired by the fact that it was LIGHT OUT when i came home! that was pretty rockin. can't wait for this weather to warm up so i can paint our chairs and table!!!


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Supercute and cheery! Love the patterns on the paper, and re-purposing is always fun. I wonder, if the rubber cement doesn't hold, if you could use a decoupage solution? White glue mixed with water and brushed on?

amy grace said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymous good idea! i'll keep that in mind if the papers fall off!

*Stace* said... Best Blogger Tips

Very fun! Love it! :)

rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

love it so much. do mine!

*kc said... Best Blogger Tips

Very Cute! Now we can start going to estate sales and garage sales and fixing up our finds! Woo hoo!

P.S. I too love that it is light out later. Daisy and I went for a nice walk last night AFTER dinner!

Alisun said... Best Blogger Tips

Amy, I LOVE this!!! it turned out so well!!! Way to go Mini-Martha Stewart!!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it, Amy!! I remember buying you that unit ages ago!!