This week I was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers Jen Jones from I Heart Organizing and I decided to take on a project I had been putting off. She recently had a post called Trash to Treasure showcasing how you can take something that was destined for the trash or donation and refresh it into a beautiful new creation. Here’s what I did.
For Christmas my girls got a set of boxes from a friend of my Mom who no longer wanted them, so she passed on the cute pink and black boxes to my girls. I had been searching and searching for a box that was sturdy enough but fit well in our IKEA Expedit shelf. So I was thrilled when I put these boxes in and found that the largest box fit perfectly in my girls new bookcase. Although the design on the boxes was cute, it wasn’t what I had envisioned for the room. So it was to the drawing board to figure out what I could do with them.
I started by taping off the metal pulls and corners of the boxes.
Then I (well my husband) spray painted the boxes black while I gave my girls a bath. I chose a black matte spray paint. Learning along the way note: after the boxes were painted we found that the black spray paint scratched easily, so if I did this again I would either look for a primer or lightly sand paper the boxes first.
Then I searched the web for zebra patterns. I found two that I liked one at Clip Art Of and the other at Dreams Time. I just printed the picture from the screen and eyeballed the pattern on to white adhesive vinyl. I thought it might be easier to use a stencil I found a the craft store. It wasn’t easier, but it still made a cute look. If you aren’t good at drawing free hand you can always look for a stencil. Or even better, if you have a Silhouette or Cricut machine it would probably make the process a TON faster. But at the moment, I don’t have one. Boo hoo!
I was really happy with the result! I’m not going to lie; this process took a long time. Each box took about an hour. But we loved the result!
The cost for this box refresh was about $17.00 for the can of spray paint, vinyl, stickers, and stencil. Not too bad for four boxes! As always, I hope this inspires you to get your own space organized! Let me know how you are doing!