This post could also be entitled “I love you, Ikea.” Or, “I love you, Mod Podge.”
The challenge: organize the hall closet.
A few weeks ago I was visited by my wonderful and oh-so-easy-to-talk-to friend, Jen, from Feng Shui Jen’s Way. Jen, you inspired me to get my house’s rear in gear (which I guess means my own rear in gear). I hope this post makes you proud!
Here is the hallway- it’s quite long. I apologize in advance for the photo lighting- there are no windows, therefore not a lot of natural light going on. You can kind of see the closet on the right in this photo- it’s one of those old-school, folding door closets with narrow shelves that don’t hold anything very conveniently. Great for my type-A personality.
Here’s the closet “before” (embarassing, I know):
You may notice the white tubs with the lovely pink sticky notes on them. This was my half-a** attempt at organization. Downside to the sticky notes (aside from looking horrid) was that they fell off. Often. I don’t like baskets for things like this- they look nice for a while, then they collect dust, and then they fall apart. I needed and wanted tubs. Ikea rocks in the tub department- did you know?
Here are the tubs in their plain, boring format. The big ones are 5.99 and the little ones are 2.99. They are from the Slugis collection. See their specs here. (added: Apparently this line of tubs has now been discontinued. Insert maniacal crying here.) 🙁
I wanted to beautify them a little and also make them impervious to label-fall-offage. So I went to my paper stash and picked some favorites.
I created a template and traced it on the back of the paper so I didn’t have to worry about marker showing through. I used a nice thick permanent marker so I could cut precisely.
Then I started the Mod Podge process. First I painted the face of the tub with a layer of MP. I used a matte finish for this project because I didn’t want to be troubled with glaring labels whilst trying to find something. Immediately after applying the first layer I put a piece of paper on top. Then I slathered it up with some MP and let it dry.
I had a little bit of fun doing this- they were just so much nicer to look at after they were papered up. Even Michael liked looking at them. Aren’t they purty?!
Then I made labels for them. I made them all 6 inches across to help them look uniform, and used the same font throughout. I MP’d the labels on and then covered them with a layer of MP to finish.
The finished closet:
Can I say that I am in organization heaven? I love opening this closet and knowing where everything is. And the best part is that I didn’t fill them all up, so as we need to, I can put more labels on some.
BTW, this is the very first project where Mod Podge did exactly what I wanted it to. The paper did not bubble, it went on nice and smooth- hooray!
I am so excited that this was featured on Amy’s Mod Podge Rocks Facebook page! Yee haw!
I’m also going to link up to It’s a Blog Party’s Show Me How Party. Yay for links!