Here’s how it looked when I started this project:
First, I decided it would be cool to do something like this. The Youngsters took metal boxes screwed into a closet door to help with space conservation (details found here).
image from Young House Love
I also bought 2 cans of white spray paint from Walmart at $0.96 each. I raced against the rain to get these finished before the downpour began. I made it just in time. Once they were dry, I set to work with my trusty Command Hooks. I didn’t want to drill holes into my closet because we’re renting. I’ll putty walls, but I don’t really want to mess with wood filler too. I bought the right size for what would fit through my boxes, and hung them up.
Sad day. One of the cheap-o boxes cracked. It’ll be fine to hold larger items, but only sitting on a shelf. Bummer. So I was back to the drawing board. I had already wasted some money (only $6, but still) so I didn’t really want to spend any more money. Even still, I went to a bunch of thrift stores and finally found 4 metal boxes at TJ Maxx. I bought them (to the tune of $30.32), immediately regretted spending that much money, and returned them within 20 minutes. I’m sure the clerk thought I was crazy. Oh well. A penny saved is a penny earned, right? Or in this case, 3,032 pennies is 3,032 pennies earned.
See the arrows? They’re pointing to a mostly-empty, large antique trunk that I bought a few years ago and recovered with vintage maps and travel ads. It was holding a few off-season decorations and not much else. So I emptied it out and made it my new wrapping paper station!
The room is still a mess, but it’s sooo much better than it was. Here’s the in-progress-not-totally-finished “after” pictures:
I’m not 100% sold on this trunk staying in this room. It’s humongous in a tiny space. So it may move elsewhere in the future, but that’s where it is for now.
I will do another post later about how I revived this antique trunk before. Thanks for reading!