DIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

DIY Color Block Storage

DIY color block storage - sugar and clothDIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

photos by Jared Smith

Due to my prop hoarding capabilities, I’ve now successfully driven us to resort to more studio storage. I love the wide open, bright white studio space, but when we we’re building everything out, I really underestimated the power of being able to conceal junk behind closed doors. All of this to say that desperation led to cuteness of our new DIY color block storage.

At first I had a bit of color shock considering I’m used to seeing everything white except for the kitchen, but after being able to shove about three weeks worth of upcoming project materials into the cabinets, I’m officially on board!…

DIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

Ikea Besta cabinets, hinges,  and legs (or cabinets of your choice, just make sure they’re not high gloss!)

Paint in the colors of your choice (I used Montana Gold spray paint for this, and in hindsight it would have been much easier to use sample paint sizes from a hardware store to just roll on, though both will work!)

Clear shellac finishing coat

DIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

If you’re using the Ikea cabinets, then I think you’ll find that painting each of the doors is easier than assembling the cabinets themselves. In which case, you should on the easy side of this tutorial now, so good news!

Before assembling the doors, you’ll use your paint color options to paint each door individually. This took me about 3 coats with spray paint, plus a coat of clear shellac to seal them afterwards. It’s simple, but time consuming when you consider drying time.

I definitely wanted to add the clear shellac on top because of how often the doors would be used, so the shellac makes it easy to wipe them down whenever needed.

Once everything is dry, attach the doors and you’re all set!

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I know, I know, we may have a picked colors that are a bit too bright for most homes, but the kids will always love it! I also like the idea of just doing muted gradient colors, too. What do you all think?! Any ideas for doing this in your space?

Sources: Rejuvenation lamp // Gray Malin giraffe print // Ikea Besta series for main cabinets // tabletop accessories from Target

DIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

DIY Color Block Storage

DIY color block storage - sugar and clothDIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

photos by Jared Smith

Due to my prop hoarding capabilities, I’ve now successfully driven us to resort to more studio storage. I love the wide open, bright white studio space, but when we we’re building everything out, I really underestimated the power of being able to conceal junk behind closed doors. All of this to say that desperation led to cuteness of our new DIY color block storage.

At first I had a bit of color shock considering I’m used to seeing everything white except for the kitchen, but after being able to shove about three weeks worth of upcoming project materials into the cabinets, I’m officially on board!…

DIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

Ikea Besta cabinets, hinges,  and legs (or cabinets of your choice, just make sure they’re not high gloss!)

Paint in the colors of your choice (I used Montana Gold spray paint for this, and in hindsight it would have been much easier to use sample paint sizes from a hardware store to just roll on, though both will work!)

Clear shellac finishing coat

DIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

If you’re using the Ikea cabinets, then I think you’ll find that painting each of the doors is easier than assembling the cabinets themselves. In which case, you should on the easy side of this tutorial now, so good news!

Before assembling the doors, you’ll use your paint color options to paint each door individually. This took me about 3 coats with spray paint, plus a coat of clear shellac to seal them afterwards. It’s simple, but time consuming when you consider drying time.

I definitely wanted to add the clear shellac on top because of how often the doors would be used, so the shellac makes it easy to wipe them down whenever needed.

Once everything is dry, attach the doors and you’re all set!

DIY color block storage - sugar and cloth DIY color block storage - sugar and clothDIY color block storage - sugar and clothDIY color block storage - sugar and clothDIY color block storage - sugar and clothDIY color block storage - sugar and cloth

I know, I know, we may have a picked colors that are a bit too bright for most homes, but the kids will always love it! I also like the idea of just doing muted gradient colors, too. What do you all think?! Any ideas for doing this in your space?

Sources: Rejuvenation lamp // Gray Malin giraffe print // Ikea Besta series for main cabinets // tabletop accessories from Target

Comments

  • gabriella

    10.23.15

    Oh! These are so fun! Who know those Besta cabinets could be so stinkin’ adorable.

    g.

  • I love, I love, I love! I think the colours are great. I’m getting a shelving unit that may be cool to spray paint. :)

  • Wow so bright, so pretty! I love it. Also, maybe a bit random, but I love the window!

  • Brittany

    10.27.15

    love this ashley. I might try these cabinets for my space too!

  • Ursula

    10.28.15

    Simply beautiful! I heart ikea and your work ;)

  • Liska

    10.29.15

    So cool! I love the combination of colors!

  • Supershirles

    11.24.15

    I love the colors! What colors did you use?

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  • Courtney Bradley

    01.23.16

    Could you or someone else share the link to the cabinets? I’ve searched IKEA but can’t find the right ones.

    • Hi Courtney,

      The Besta system comes in components. If you take a picture to Ikea they’ll be able to help you find the individual pieces. Unfortunately, the don’t have links to them online. Hope this helps!

  • Kara Whitten

    02.05.16

    I NEED these in my life! I just need to figure out a place to put them! Great tutorial and color choices!

  • Amanda

    06.19.16

    I love it! The color are great! I’ve always been afraid to spray paint or paint ikea cabinets b/c I though the paint not might adhere to some of their door fronts. But your cabinets look so good! Thank you for advising we stay away from painting high gloss cabinets. Do you have any other recommendations? Or Do you think paint will adhere well to all non-gloss cabinets? (sorry for the all capts)

  • Christina S.

    07.04.16

    I love this! What/where did you get the legs for the cabinets?

  • RB

    08.05.16

    Sorry if i missed this, but did you prep the surfaces first? Thx

    • Ashley said:

      Hi there! We didn’t prep the surfaces, but made sure to add a top coat of spray paint.

  • Emily

    08.16.16

    Hi, there! I LOVE this project so much! I’m trying to look really hard, but the way the cabinets look in the photos, it looks like you have a cohesive top. Is there a seam where the different units meet, or did you add one long top? Thanks!

    • Ashley said:

      Hi, Emily! We actually used three different units :) If you look very close, you can see where they meet! Luckily, it wasn’t too obvious and the units look great all together.