You may have something ugly and really do not want it in your house because it clashes with everything else but it is practical for storage. What do you do short of tossing it out and buying a new one? Well that is not what this blog is about. You know we strive for DIY solutions here.
And if you've followed me for any length of time you know that my motto is "The Power of Paint". The simplest way to transform something is with paint.
See the ugly below? It was sitting in my living room looking oh so ugly!! But I found a way to solve this problem! I'm going to show you how to paint cubby storage units the easy way.
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But let's back track a bit. Last year I gave the bedroom a makeover. I started with way too much stuff in there and painted a lot and also removed some.
One of the items that was taken out was this two piece cubby storage unit. There was simply no space for this in the bedroom so I moved it into the living room.
We have an open plan of sorts in our home. To walk from the living room to the dining area there are two steps. The rail is a divider that keeps us from falling over into the dining area. Those cubby units were going to be placed against the railing, to create a more defined space for the living area and also because we can never have enough storage in my house. After all this isn't Texas, this is New York and all homes are tiny!
Below is an after photo. Don't mind the mess, Tatou will get mad at you if you judge.
But first they needed a makeover!
What I Used:
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The paint does not need a primer so I just started painting. I used a soft tip brush because I found that the plastic brushes make it harder to paint and leave all sorts of streaks.
After two coats it looked like this. I knew it would take quite a few coats to cover the black but as I was painting I changed my mind and decided to go with a grey finish.
I added a bit of black to the white and also a tiny bit of beige to warm up the grey and came up with my own custom color. Of course I could have just bought it like that but I really like to torture myself. This is a taupe grey which is also nice.
Actually in the spirit of decluttering, I am on a mission to get rid of all my paint cans so I just used what I had around. I got this idea from my friend Marie of the Interior Frugalista. She has even more paint cans than I do. Go check out her blog and you can thank me later. She is a wiz with the paint brush!
A few more coats of this grey color and I was done. This paint does not need a sealer. If left alone for a few days to cure, it dries to a hard finish.
If you are working on a piece that is wood and you want to seal in the wood paint you can also use this sealer. My cubbies were laminate so there was no need for that on my part.
In fact I've also painted laminate furniture many times in the past, on this campaign dresser, this Ikea Malm dresser, using gel stain, on this Ikea desk, and these nasty bookcases. That was a lot of painting!
I painted the back as well because no one wants to look at an ugly backside!
I ended up placing the cubbies horizontally on the floor. This way they do not block the sun from reaching that dark dining area. And lucky for me, it was a perfect fit, just grazing the railing. This is also great solution if you are starting from scratch.
Once dry it mimics the faux grain of the laminate. The color is grey, but depending on the light it can have a hint of blue, which works fine by me. If you know anything about me, it is my love of blue and how I've transformed the living room into a blue oasis!
My storage solution was to take some cardboard boxes and dress them up with wrapping paper. You can read about why I do that here.
Now I have lots more storage and a place to put all those books which get displaced from their normal spot on the bookshelves every time I get the desire to create vignettes for every season!
Oh the first world problems we have!
And that basket makes a nice contrast to the whole grey look. Should I paint it white or leave it as is?
I put some of those felt furniture pads on the bottom of the units so they would have a bit of a cushion too.
And that is my solution to my storage problem. You can see just how easy it was to see how easy it was to repaint these cubby storage units. I was really glad I could make use of these storage cubbies and in a way that fit in perfectly with the rest of the room.
Have you ever tried painting laminate?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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