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!…
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!)
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!
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?
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