From Ugly Cubby to Cool Storage

Hello!!!  It's that time of year....that dreaded back to school season.  I have to admit I really enjoyed my summer and I don't feel like school should have started in the middle of August.  Anyway, with school starting, my mind always goes to organization.  I have to make a confession....I'm not organized in any way shape or form.  It's not really in my DNA, but I really do try!

When I found this solid wood cubby at an estate sale this summer, I had to have it.  It was covered in stinky, gross and peeling contact paper.  It looked like someone wanted it to look like wood, but it is wood.  I guess they didn't like the tone?  Who knows!?  I brought it home hoping to make it better.

Here's the before

You can see how gross the contact paper was!

I was worried when I started that it would be a huge job to remove the contact paper.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was a breeze!  It all pulled off nicely.  I gave it a good cleaning and got to work painting.

I decided to go with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Graphite.  The tone reads a bit more blue in my pictures, but it's dark grey.  I first painted the entire cubby in Pure White Chalk Paint™ because I wanted to give it some depth.  Also, originally I thought it would be perfect white, but when I was done with the white it was boring.  So I scraped that idea!

Once the paint was dry, I waxed the entire piece with clear wax.  Let me just say this....waxing the cubby was a bit of work due to the size and all the little cubby's!  

After waxing, I lightly distressed the edges.  Then I added label holders for each cubby.  I thought it would be a perfect way to organize 'stuff'.  

Here's the cubby all finished!

I love these cute label holders.  I bought them on Amazon.  For 8 it was $7 and I needed 2 packages.

This cute cubby is going in Hunter's play room.  We're hoping it can store his many stuffed animals.  I'm not sure it's going to work, but it's a start.  This way he can see what he has.  I have tried, unsuccessfully I might add, to get him to purge some of the animals however he just can't.  In his mind each one has a personality and he can't part with a single one.  I have to appreciate this while I can.  Some day he'll be too old to love his many stuffed animals.  For right now, he can keep as many as he'd like.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


  1. Wow it was in pretty bad shape. How did you get the contact paper out? Are you going wordless for this one...letting us take in the mess that was before Great up cycle as usual. love the blue color.

    1. WOW, thank you so much for bringing that to my attention! I wrote the post, but for some reason the words went missing. It's all fixed now. Thank you!!!