Initially we literally just moved all the kitchen stuff out to the living room to make space for building the new shelves – food, dishes and all.
When the Rolling Shelves were finished, we tried to arrange my office and creative necessities in a nice orderly fashion on the Industrial Shelves.
BEFORE: Kitchen stuff temporarily stored | Empty-ish | All the creative office necessities
Since we homeschool and I work from home on the blog (often at the same time), I tend to work in the living room and dining room. The lighting in the dining room is perfect for taking photos of smaller projects and recipes and by being on the main floor I'm easily accessible to the kids at all times.
But that means I have a lot of paraphernalia in the living room: a laptop, printers, camera gear, crafts stuff, books, etc.
Shelf Organization in the Living Room
After some Instagram discussions it was quite obvious that we needed to implement some sort of closed storage for the odds and ends, as well as a way to camouflage the more utilitarian things like the iPhone dock, two printers and the Silhouette Cameo.
Dean and I discussed several ways to create more concealed storage, but ultimately I didn't want to mess with the original design of the Industrial Shelves – I love them as they are!
Enter some raw wood crates from Michael's.
And and line of paint I've recently fallen in love with called Fusion Mineral Paint.
I'm a bit of a lazy painter – prep and maintenance are NOT my favorite.
Fusion delivers an exceptional matte finish, is easy to apply, self-leveling, requires minimal prep work, no top coat, waxing or on-going maintenance, and it will not separate or harden in the container for 7 years.
Hallelujah! That's my kind of paint!
White Washed Numbered Crates DIY
- raw wood crates
- Fusion Mineral Paint in Algonquin
- Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain
- Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black
- paint brushes
- number stencils
- sandpaper (optional)
1. Sand crates if necessary. Wipe off sawdust.
2. Paint entire crate with Fusion Mineral Paint in Algonquin. Let dry.
3. To create dry brush look, dip paint brush in Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain and then dab off excess onto paper towel. Using large sweeping motions (with the wood grain) apply Champlain over Algonquin. Press harder as brush becomes drier. Repeat to get desired look.
4. Apply number stencil to front of crate and tape or hold in place. Dip brush in Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black and dab off excess onto paper towels. Carefully paint over stencil. *If a suitable stencil can't be found, print large numbers (I used the font Century Schoolbook) and cut on a Silhouette or use the pencil rub technique and then paint.
5. Remove stencil and let dry.
Then fill the crates and make it all look pretty!
I tried to make the printers and Silhouette blend in a little by putting plenty of stylish things around them – signs, books, etc.
Finally some pretty organization – and camouflaged necessities – in the living room!
Do you have a pesky place that needs organizing in your home? Have you tried Fusion Mineral Paint yet?