Living Room Storage Boxes
|December 11, 2014||Posted by Emily under Emily's 2014 Projects, Home Decor, Mod Podge, Paper Crafts|
I live in a 100 year old house where there is a definite storage problem. The bedrooms have no closets; built-ins were apparently not a ‘thing’ yet; I don’t have a TV cabinet because, well, I don’t have a TV; my end tables and coffee tables have no storage; but there seems to be stuff that accumulates in the living room-power cords, batteries, my camera (that I never use), the cat claw clippers, coasters… Stuff! I’ve been pretty good about decluttering over the last year, but it’s life, and there’s stuff I need sometimes. I just don’t want to see it.
I had found some nice Basic Grey paper on clearance at a little store. I really would not call this my style, but I have been really drawn to orange lately. This paper is orange, green, pink, blue, and red. Sounds horrible, but I love it. I bought one of every paper they had left from the line. I would’ve bought more had they had it. It has an Indian flair and is already slightly distressed.
I decided to use this paper to cover a stack of nesting boxes. At my monthly craft days early in the year people had been covering boxes, but I had not. Not because I don’t like to, I just hadn’t had a reason to-but because of that there was fresh mod podge in the house.
Here’s a a couple tips for keeping your mod podge fresh:
- Do not open the seal on the lid all the way. Peel it back no more than half the diameter of the lid and pour through the small opening. When you’re done, push it back on to the rim of the jar and screw the lid on tightly.
- Do not work from the jar. Pour out just as much as you need into a dish or plate and seal up the jar again.
- Put the entire jar and lid into a ziploc bag, squeeze out the air, and seal it up.
I chose a different paper for each of the surfaces of the boxes and cut them to the size of the area I was covering. I did not wrap paper around the edges, but cut a different piece for each side. I applied Mod Podge to the back of each piece of paper and applied it, pressing it down with a bone folder to get out any bubbles. After it had dried I took an emery board and sanded down all the edges. I then took slightly watered down brown acrylic paint and distressed the boxes all over. Once that had dried I covered them with another layer of Mod Podge and left them to cure. For days. And days. And you know what I learned from this project? Glossy Mod Podge doesn’t cure. Ever. Apparently.
See those boxes all stuck together? I didn’t mean for that to happen. That was after a week of sitting on my dining room table separately to dry. A fix I was told to try was to cover them again with matte Mod Podge. And that fixes the problem. They are now functional boxes and not tacky at all. No more glossy Mod Podge for me.
So far this is the project I am most happy with this year.