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giving new life to old boxes {with fabric}

February 15, 2014

I love up-cycling and today I am sharing yet another way to reuse the old!  This week, I have been working diligently on shaping up my craft area in our basement. We got the most fabulous Ikea Expedit Shelves back in July of last year for that area, and they have sat there, cluttered and unorganized, since I put them together. Not very good. One of my projects on the docket was to take the hoards of boxes I have saved over the years, that were bare or sitting in stacks, and fancy them up for some sweet storage.


I know, saving boxes.  It is probably a sign of some sort of disorder.  Don’t judge.  I had a very specific plan for them!  And I don’t save just any box.  They must have some durability and be just the right size to be useful.  Check out the before:


And the after:


Spray adhesive is your best friend, I think, when covering boxes with fabric.  And if you have a box where the lid completely covers the bottom, like a MacBook box, then you only need to cover the top with fabric.

I am in love with that black and white thatched-patterned fabric from JoAnn.  Love.


Here is my progress on some of the squares so far.  I am hoping for a non-cluttered look in simple black, white, and grey.  You might spot some silver, gold, and pink in there too.


I am so eager to get this space finished!    What do you think so far?


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  • Reply Julianne February 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Looks great. I did something similar with diaper boxes in our laundry room a couple of years ago. My daughter has the same shelf in her playroom so I might try this with all of her old shoe boxes (that i am hoarding for no particular reason).

    • Reply Anne February 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Laundry boxes would be great…and since I am going to have an influx of them in the next year I think I will try that out! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Reply Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} February 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

    No, no boxes are expensive so it’s not a disorder to keep them! I wish I would have kept my Mac box it was such a nice box. I really like these they are so cute and it’s so affordable to just cover them with fabric. Sweet! I am going to do up some of my boxes this weekend!

    • Reply Anne February 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I am glad to hear I am not the only one who keeps a stash of boxes at all times! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply JoAnn February 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I love your creative blog! Thanks for some great ideas!

    • Reply Anne February 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

      You are welcome, and than YOU!

  • Reply Linda February 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Very nice, Anne.

  • Reply Grace February 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Such a great idea!!!! My hubby always ask why I keep boxes around mmm…. This is why lol
    Love them!!!

    • Reply Anne February 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      I have been in the same boat! Look who’s talking now…
      Thanks for stopping by!

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