Coral Crush

Our main bathroom remodel still isn’t done, so most people aren’t using it, but that doesn’t mean I can’t work on storage.  Being drawerless in the bathroom, wait, that came out wrong.  Without drawers in the vanity, I have to get creative with hidden storage.  So, I took to Pinterest to see what fun I could come up with.  I saw neat tutorials to make soft sided fabric bins, creative hard sided boxes, and even considered a rope covered box.  Ultimately, I decided to combine a few ideas to make something perfectly suited for our bathroom.  So, I started by cutting a large box to fit inside our small linen closet because I couldn’t find a pre-made box to fit the same.

Of course, cardboard boxes are ugly.  Luckily, I’ve been hoarding fabric lately, so I pulled out a yard of light gray duck cloth.  I didn’t have a long enough piece to completely wrap around the box, so I cut one strip 12 inches wide along the long end of the fabric.  To cover the back, I cut another small 15 inch wide by 12 inch tall strip to piece together.  With my long strip taped in place, I marked the corners.

Using those small marks, I sewed the smaller piece to make a box slip cover.

Because I was feeling lazy, I used Gorilla tape to hold the fabric in place along the underside and around the top edges.

It seemed too boring, so I dug through my paint stash until I found a bottle of coral acrylic paint.  How ’bout some stripes?  After measuring and marking two-inch wide strips, I taped off my edges.

And used a sponge brush and pouncing motion to paint near the edges and filled in the middle.

Pulling off the tape is such a fun part of painting.  Especially when the lines are crisp.  I had some rope on hand, so I marked two holes to create a handle.  Using a screw, I rotated through the fabric and cardboard to make the pilot holes.  Stuffing a pen through widened the holes enough to get the rope through.  Simple knots on each end hold the rope in place.

Now I’ll have to find a white or gray vinyl to line the inside.  Right now, it holds bath toys and we’ve got room for other ugly junk.

I’m really surprised at how sturdy it seems, but we’ll see how it holds up over time.  I think I’ll add fabric to the bottom so the shelf doesn’t get scuffed up when it’s pulled in and out.  Gotta hunt down a good-looking clothes hamper and maybe a few wire baskets.  Or maybe I’ll get all DIY on the hampers arse and make something myself.  Who knows.  Until then, tell me about your bathroom storage situation.  Do you prefer drawers, cabinets, boxes, open shelves?

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14 thoughts on “Coral Crush

  1. awesome idea!!!! I love the versatility, and the colors are awesome! I’ve been obsessing over coral for some time… I haven’t found a place where I can inject it into our home just yet, but I did go ahead and incorporate it into my new header! 😉

  2. I am so glad you did this! I was planning on doing the same and just debating thehow “how”. Love the creative storage.

    1. Hi Samantha!

      I’m still debating the how to tackle the lining, but at least the outside looks pretty. Haha. Glad I could help you out!

      Thanks!
      Amanda

    1. Hi Nora Rose!

      So glad you like it! It was easy, too. After figuring out the size, it was simple. 🙂

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  3. that’s pretty awesome! i’ve hacked one unsuspecting cardboard myself 2 months ago and turned it into a decorative container! 😉 they are pretty sturdy aren’t they? 😉

    1. Hi Craftymumma!

      So easy! And I think a vinyl shower curtain would work wonderfully! I’m keeping my eye out for a cheap piece of something like that, so hopefully soon. 🙂

      Thanks!
      Amanda

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