I’m a little picky when it comes to furniture. I might scrimp on something simple like a side table, but if it has drawers or other moving pieces I insist on quality. I’ve been looking for a dresser for my youngest son, but everything that I like and is well-made is out of my price range.
They say necessity is the mother of invention and in my case that is always true. My best ideas happen when I can’t have what I want. I came up with a low cost temporary solution, but I like it so well I think I might adapt it for the office, entryway or laundry room.
Here is the finished product:
Here is what I purchased:
· Purchased IKEA shelving unit for $100.
· Purchased collapsible fabric bins from Target.
· Purchased fabric paint, brushes and a wax pencil.
· Purchased wheels, because they look cool.
Supplies on hand, I then decided what items I would be storing in the cubes and selected simple images that correlated with the intended contents. For some items I had to be creative. Diapers and wipes are temporary, hopefully, so I used a skull and crossbones for that bin. Socks were easy, so were shirts and pajamas.
Here is what I did:
1. I found images online.
2. Dropped the images into Word and made them as large as possible.
3. Printed out the images.
4. Cut the images out.
5. Traced the image onto the bins with the wax pencil.
6. Painted the edge with a small brush making sure I didn’t go out of the lines.
7. Finally, I filled in the center with several coats of paint.
Here is my first bin:
What do you think? My dog wasn’t crazy about it.
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