We bought some of these storage boxes at Ikea for a bargain price in the As Is section. We got the two pack for $3.99. After they fit perfectly in the intended space we purchased another pack at the full price of $9.99. But still, $3.50 per box is a great price for large, sturdy storage boxes! When stacked on top of each other though, I felt they looked a little boring; so I decided to create what looks like a drawer that separates them. This was probably one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done.
I used two priority mail boxes that I had. Yes, I felt guilty since the post office is hurting, but I had the boxes and never used them (I think what I was planning to ship in them didn’t fit) so instead of recycle them I re-purposed them. I know I could have brought them back to the post office but I didn’t. Okay, confession made, moving on.
I started by slicing a hole in the cardboard in the spot I planned on adding the knob to. I then used fabric I already had, as well as drawer pulls that were in my stash. It was as simple as wrapping the boxes in the fabric, just like you would wrap a present. However, when I wrapped the box I left the far end unwrapped so that I could add the knob. Using scissors I slit a small hole through the fabric in the same spot where I made the hole in the cardboard. I secured the drawer pull onto the box and then continued wrapping the back-end of the box.
That was it, done! I placed the fake drawer between the two storage boxes and I love the way it looks. It adds a little dimension, a nice subtle pattern and makes the whole space look a tad more visually appealing. The fabric is even the perfect coloring to go with the storage boxes I made for free. Now, I totally get that they don’t actually look like a drawer, but I like the idea of it and the way they come out.
Nothing like completing a great, simple, free project! Next up is getting control over those wires and cords. For the love isn’t it time everything be wireless now?