diy – closet boxes

Cassidy came to visit soon after we’d wrapped up our painting project at 514 (a.k.a. our house). I’d accomplished Phase One of reorganizing my part of our closet with Phase Two still just a ruminating idea. Even though Cass and I shopped the entire Container Store at Bridgeport with all those tempting baskets and boxes, I stuck with my plan to transform this:

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into this:

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Before you scroll down to the next picture, let’s establish your level of interest in this post. If you can’t tell the difference between the first picture and the second picture, you are excused to move on to the other blogs in your reader. However, if you noticed those cool boxes on my shelves, stick around and I’ll show you how to make some for your own closet.

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Common sense is nearly all you need, since that’s all I had to work with other than these ingredients. I ordered a set of 12 bankers boxes from Amazon, and while I waited for them to arrive I collected everything else I needed. The leftover fabric I used to make the screen was already in my car, destined for Goodwill, when I realized there would be enough to cover quite a few boxes. So it came back in the house. Lucky me, the boxes turned out to be brown, not the usual white, and they complement the fabric perfectly.

I cut a pattern with butcher paper and laid it out over the fabric, using pinking sheers to cut eight long strips. I pressed the wrinkles out, but only because this fabric had lived in a box in the attic for many years before I found a use for it with the screen.

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Assembling the boxes is a one-hand-snap operation. Here you can see I “tried on” the fabric to make sure the ends matched up right.

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Then I flipped it over to look like this. Oh, you might be able to tell I chose a dry enough day to be outdoors. That spray adhesive can be toxic, and I even wore a mask to protect my lungs and throat.

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Now just flip the fabric on one side back to expose the box. . .

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. . . and spray away. Generously. Because why not? Lay the fabric over the glue and smoothe it with your hand.

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Do the same with the other side.

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Work your way around all the other sides until it looks like this.

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Snip the corners on the bottoms side.

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Let the flaps hang out like this.

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You knew just what to do, didn’t you? And now do something similar to this side.

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It’ll look like this when you finish.

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Stack your boxes somewhere, outside if possible, to dry. The strong glue smell doesn’t last very long, and you’ll soon be able to start filling them with all the good stuff you want to store.

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I took a picture of the fabric and on my computer created these labels that would fit on one edge of the box for identification.

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A good old-fashioned glue stick did the trick.

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I had just enough fabric to cover these eight boxes, but now that we don’t need that privacy screen anymore, I can do the other four boxes and use them in other closets. Actually, there might even be enough for yours!

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