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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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 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?