I promise you, I wasn’t trying to come up with the longest title for this DIY, but it was Sunday night and Momma was TIRED. That’s the best I could come up with. If you have any better less wordy descriptive titles give me a shout and I’ll happily change it. The Project in Progress is rolling along. Here is a quick change anyone can do on some storage cubes. I started with some cheap storage cubes that we purchased awhile back for the toy room. They have seen better days. They have stains on them that won’t wash out no matter what cleaning product I use and the color isn’t working for me anymore.
I thought they could serve a new purpose in our living room. I needed one for blog stuff and one for my little guy’s toys upstairs. I also wanted extra seating for the kids at our game table by the fireplace. They fit neatly under my desk and can easily be moved wherever we need them in the room. If I need to get on the computer during the day, my little guy has some toys close by so he can stay in the room with me.
This is so simple and just takes a quick trip to the fabric store. For the size of these cubes I purchased 2 yards of fabric and that was more than enough. I purchased 7 yards worth of trimming and had about a half a yard left over when I was done. This little quick change only cost me $15.
2 yards of black canvas fabric
7 yards of thick white trimming
Staple gun & staples
1 package of HeatnBond
iron & ironing board
First I measured around each side of my cube base and added an extra inch. Then, I measured the height of the cube and added an extra 2 inches for stapling the top and bottom.
After I measured out and cut my fabric, I ironed on my HeatnBond at the end of the length cut. I just followed the instructions on the packaging, adjusting the heat of my iron since I was working with a thicker fabric. I made a straight even fold so that the end of my fabric would look neat and clean. I then started stapling my fabric to the bottom and inside top of my storage cube base, working around until I reached the end and my folded edge.
I repeated this on my other cube and then made my cuts for the lids. I simply sat the lids on my fabric and added 2 1/2 inches around every side to staple underneath.
Now comes time for the trimming. I wanted clean lines on these and high contrast. I measured and cut my trim in 4 even lengths to go around the top and bottom of my cube bases. I started at the side of my folded fabric and dotted my Fabri-tac on one end of the trim. I slid the starting edge of my trim under the fold. Then I added Fabri-tac to under side of the fold and pressed it down. I worked around the cube and glued on the trim.
So easy, right? The finished product looks much more polished and fits in with the vibe of the room now.
Here’s the B&A:
They tuck away nicely under my desk when they are not being used…
They serve as extra seating when we are entertaining…
They are convenient toy storage for playtime on the floor…
They are seating for the kids on family game night…
I love how these now serve so many uses in the same room. Much better than being forgotten about in the toy room. I feel like if this was Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer they would have been on the island of misfit toys or in my world misfit neglected furniture items. Just call me Santa. Christmas came early for these little cubes. Wow, did I just write that? I need to go catch some zzzzzz’s!
OH…and I think they’ll look pretty sweet against a white library wall. Oh, yes! The trip to Ikea has been planned and is only 3 weeks away. Dave and I have come up with some pretty cool ideas and there is even a hidden surprise. Let’s just say it involves a remote and some stuff that only Dave could explain. I can’t wait!
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