Monday, July 19, 2010

Storage Containers...

This last week we've been attempting to get our laundry room in order. A new utility sink was installed with countertop and cabinetry. I painted one of the walls a beautiful neutral green -- "Oolong Tea" from Martha Stewart's line of paints at HD. Some accessories and storage containers were added to the room, and this week I'm making some new curtains for the space.

Now about those storage containers I just mentioned ... I would venture to say that most women would opt for more storage in their homes if given the opportunity. It seems we never have enough. Fortunately, last week we added to the storage space in our laundry room by adding the extra cabinet which brought additional storage to the room, but as I was rearranging items in the cabinets I realized that all the space on several shelves in one cabinet was being taken up by light bulbs. I knew there had to be a better solution to storing these items.

Last year I bought some small paper mache boxes and covered them with scrapbook paper to use as gift boxes. (You can see them here and here.) I decided to use the same technique to cover larger boxes that would fit on the top of my cabinets for light bulb storage. I have a step-stool tucked away nearby, so reaching those boxes would not be a problem at all...

I started this project by buying three round paper mache boxes in descending size. One was 13" wide x 8" tall @ $5.99; another 10 1/2" x 6" @ $4.99; and the last 9 1/2" x 5" @ $4.49. I also found some scrapbook paper -- half price! I used the Mod Podge and a paintbrush that I had previously purchased. Start by measuring the height of the boxes and adding 2 1/2" to that measurement. For the box below I cut my paper to 7 1/2 inches.

Paint Mod Podge onto the side of the box and down the middle of the length of the paper -- leaving about 1" on the sides of the paper free. When using Mod Podge make sure you cover both surfaces for adequate adhesion.

Place your box onto the paper and roll it down the paper -- adding Mod Podge to both surfaces as need be. Smooth the paper with your hand to avoid wrinkles. Then, on the bottom side of the box slit the "overhanging" part of the paper every 1"...

Put Mod Podge on the box and on the slits of paper and adhere the slits to the bottom of the box (they will overlap slightly), like this...

Do the same to the top of the box turning the paper to the inside of the box.

I followed this process for all three boxes, but they still looked a bit plain...

I didn't want to have to remove the lid each time I needed a bulb (the epitome of "lazy"), so I did the following...

I cut around the edge of the lid about 1/2" from the side with an exacto knife. This enabled me to be able to put the "lid" on the box, but the box would be open at the top so I could easily grab a light bulb. The lid was covered with scrapbook paper in the same manner as the bottom part of the box...

After I covered all the containers with the paper I put one thick coat of Mod Podge over all the outside of the scrapbook paper to add some texture, shine, and durability to the paper.

After that was dry, I dabbed some brown glaze on the paper to distress it ever so lightly in spots. Then a tag was added to each box to identify the type of light bulbs residing therein!

I have to admit I love these storage containers. They have freed up an enormous amount of space in one of my cabinets! I also love the fact that they add a little color at the top of my cabinets.

The whole project cost about $20 including the scrapbook paper, the paper mache boxes, and the Mod Podge. I paid full price for the boxes at HL, but they often go on sale at 50% off. All in all an economical, practical, and fun project!



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39 comments:

Blessed Mama said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and I have to admit...I am totally going to "borrow" (sounds so much nicer than steal) your art gallery and paper mache' box idea. I have been looking for something to fill the wall in my kitchen and I really wanted to show off my kid's artwork, but didn't want the wire thingy running across the wall because I had heard that they tend to sag. This is a perfect option! Plus, I love burlap!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!! :)

Lynn said...

Love the boxes! What a great idea and the open top is so smart!!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

Great idea! There are so many choices in scrapbook paper to cover and re-cover these in many ways! I think I might have to try that with batteries and light bulbs!

Tanyia said...

I am visiting from Just Something I whipped up Mondays

Those are adorable but what really makes them for me is what you did with the lids! What a perfect solution! Thanks for sharing!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Most excellent project and your lids solution was genius! They look gorgeous!

Christine said...

I really love the way these came out. It's so clever how you handled the covers too...

Carrie said...

I absolutely love it! I love the "open" function with a "closed" look. Very creative idea!

Julie Harward said...

Oh, you are so clever..I love this idea...I just love how women doll everything up and love to be organized! Very cute! :D

Jennifer said...

i love it!!!! I have always loved that orange polka dot paper! I made my hubs a birthday banner with that paper!!!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a great idea, hmmm....

I think that maybe I need to look at my lightbulb storage spot again.

Jen

Moe said...

Stopping by from Sew Can Do. These are absolutely gorgeous! I have cabinets exactly like that at my new apartment, I better spruce them up with something like this!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

HAHAHA! I can't believe you "faked" the lids! SUCH a great idea!!! I love it!

MiaKatia said...

I love the lids! What a great idea :) I might do that in my kitchen, just to add some color.

Mary-ham said...

Fantastic job Suz! Looks so good.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Gorgeous!! Great idea as always! :)

Ginger said...

Super cute! Love it! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

sportzmom said...

Awesome project! I can't wait to make some of these!

Nancy said...

Those boxes are so adorable! I love how you glazed over them and added the tags. Perfect!!

Nancy

Nestled In Rosenberg said...

I really need to try this! If your gonna store it-at least make it look good! Perfect for open shelving!

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

What a wonderful idea. You really made them look great with the tags and paper and the distressing.

Linda said...

What a great project~ these just look great! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

That is THE absolute cutest way to store house supplies! I LOVE this idea - I will definitely be using it sometime. :)

Brandi Nell said...

Love! Love! Love! This is definitely something I will be trying in the future! Thanks for posting this one.

Patti said...

well done!! Love the papers you used

Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} said...

I love these. From the paper combination to the distressed tags. Super cute.

Amanda said...

hi Suzanne :) I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

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Lynda@ One Project at a Time said...

They turned out great. Love what you did with the lid!! The tags finish them off nicely.

Visiting from All Thingz Related.

★All Thingz Related★ said...

THis is such a terrific idea! I love the papers you chose, too!
Thank you for sharing this with us at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, I love these! I am signing up to follow your blog*
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good day!
Leticia
www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

I have been struggling with what to put up above my cabinets in the laundry room. I love the boxes covered in paper idea. They add some cuteness and color up there. Thanks for sharing.
Brooke

Leanne said...

I love this idea. The boxes are so pretty too. THey look perfect on the cabinets and I love how you have more space now. THanks for joinin We're Organized Wednesday.

Kansas Amy said...

What a great idea! Thank you for the inpiration!!

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

My heart is beating so fast right now!! This is going in my to do project file!!!

BUT ahem.. your bulbs look a little ole fashion! Where are those new fancy ones that are suppose to last 20 years!? No I'm kidding! =)

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MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

I LOVE these! How clever to cut out the tops of the boxes! Off to check out what else you have come up with!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

I love a good hat box, and these are too cute! I love the idea of cutting a hole in the top for easy storage! Too clever! : )

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Fun idea!! I like the cute papers you chose, and the tags are actually really pretty! What a clever and stylish way to store lightbulbs. :) Visiting from The CSI Project. Hope you'll come by and say hi. :)

Sarah said...

Ok, I gotta admit I was ready to copy your original idea. And then?? And then you bumped it up a notch by adding the top band. Now all I can think is "What time does Hobby Lobby open?!!" Thanks for sharing your project with us, it's FABULOUS!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Jamie Gupton said...

The orange polka dots! Love it! I'm Pinning you yet again. :) I sincerely hope you don't mind!