Posted by Eileen
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Before our baby was born, we spent a lot of time putting together the nursery. We ordered the best furniture for our budget, scouring the reviews for others’ opinions and tips. We found a great changing table on Wayfair that was a good fit for our nursery and for our budget. It had open shelving, so I was planning to buy storage bins.
However, I ran into a snag - realizing that I could only fit two of the standard sized storage bins on each shelf. Two had too much leftover space, and three just didn't fit across. On top of that, I could not decide what colors I would go with that complimented the colors I already chose for the baby's room – there wasn’t much of a selection.
Being that I was 7 months pregnant and had some time on my hands, I decided to make my own storage bins. I tried using fabric from the curtains, but that was a fabric/hot glue mess. I found a much simpler way using contact paper. I can't emphasize how easy it was!
Here is the end result - made out of just contact paper, cardboard boxes, and packaging tape! Not bad, huh?
I ordered a bundle of boxes from Amazon, since we didn't have any laying around. (Have I mentioned how much I love Amazon prime?!) We were planning to move soon, so we would use the rest of the boxes then.
I also ordered three types of contact paper. The baby’s room was going to be gray and turquoise (gray walls, one striped with a lighter gray, turquoise carpet, and white furniture – look for an upcoming post about how my sister’s painted stripes for the nursery). I found a cute, high-quality turquoise patterned paper and a gray one that complimented that on Amazon. For the inside, I used a less expensive, thinner paper in a neural color from Target. You don’t have to cover the inside, but it does make for a nice surface that can be easily wiped.
After I was finishing covering the inside and outside of the boxes, I drilled one hole in the front of each and added simple, white knobs, so I could easily pull them in and out. For less than $5 per box, I had functional storage bins that I LOVED.
This was one of my favorite DIY projects because of the character that you can add to a space with patterned paper. You aren't stuck to just one solid, drab color - or stuck trying to match colors of shades.
I was so pleased with the outcome that I used the leftover materials for winter storage bins and pantry floor bins. I also just ordered chalkboard contact paper to make bins for Ash’s messy office closet. I'll let you know how that turns out :)
Total Cost: The total cost of the project is really just the amount you spend on contact paper and knobs. I made my boxes for less than $5 per box. You can't beat that price!
Below are the materials and steps - enjoy!
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