DIY: Upgrade Office Storage Boxes

I’m really trying to upgrade our office space in the guest room, as originally, it was super cluttered and unorganized. All of our office things were stuffed into mismatched bins and baskets, so I finally decided to buy a shelf and figure out a way to make it look more put together. Slowly but surely, we are starting to make progress, but I’m not going to post before and after pictures until it’s complete.

I didn’t want to go overboard and spend hundreds of dollars on organization. I almost spent over $100 just on storage boxes from the Container Store, but then I decided I could spent that money elsewhere and instead upgrade some cheat storage boxes from Ikea. These boxes are $3-$5 each, depending on the size vs. the $11-$19 boxes I almost bought (nothing against the Container Store, because I really really love that store, but I just wanted another DIY project). Then I bought some gold tape and gold circle stickers off of Amazon.

The gold tape linked above is Japanese washi masking tape, which is perfect to use for crafts because it doesn’t wrinkle or get easily stuck together like other tape, but it also sticks to the surface that you put it on. I decided to go with a Kate Spade theme with black and gold stripes and then white and gold polka dots.

Additionally, on the mint green boxes I used the gold brackets for the corners to give them a fancier, more regal look. So far, so good! Any other suggestions on office organization?

Office Boxes

Weekend project: Upscale Crates

This weekend, I upgraded a few storage crates. These were a few cheap wooden crates that you can get from Walmart or Michaels or Amazon for $10-15.  I just stained them a darker color and added some corner brackets. Now I use the crates as storage bins for our living room blankets and for my boyfriend’s soccer scarves.

Before:

original-crate

 During:

crate-stain

Staining wood is super easy. I always use this brand because it dries quickly and the color always ends up perfect. To stain the crates, I recommend using an old rag or an old white t-shirt. Mix the stain, dip the rag into the stain and slowly brush the wood stain onto the crate. For these, I used two coats because I wanted them to be pretty dark. A few words of advice: definitely do this outside, as the smell can be strong. Make sure to put down plenty of paper because it’s easy for the wood stain to drip. If possible, wear disposable gloves! Wood stain will stain your hands for a few days.

After:

Crate 1.jpg

I love the way these turned out! As an added bonus, I used some corner brackets that I found off on Amazon to give these crates a more vintage feel.

crate-corner

What do you think? Any other wood staining tips?