Pretty Storage Box

My husband and I recently updated our bathroom because we will be putting our house on the market soon.  I find it ironic that we have painted, replaced and spruced up almost everything in our house so that someone else can reap the benefits! 😉   But our home is almost 24 years old and we are the original owners, so a lot of things needed sprucing up!

Fabric over cardboard box

Our newly refurbished bathroom. It  feels naked and needs some bling!

In our bathroom we installed a new vanity, floor tile, lights, shower doors and all new shower and vanity tile!  Now it’s time to stage the bathroom.  Following the advice of numerous real estate agents (and a few staging blogs), we used neutral colors (white) for everything that is permanent and are using color only in the paint, towels and accent pieces.

Cardboard Storage Box

This box fit into the space pretty well – tall enough to hide the contents and not too wide. Perfect!

The middle of the new vanity has two shelves.  I plan to put some towels on the top shelf, to bring in color.  The towels I am planning to buy are just a shade darker than the wall color.  On the bottom shelf I needed something that also brought out the main accent color, but I wanted it to be useful and not just a pretty dust catcher.  At first I thought I would put a basket in there, but couldn’t find the right size or color. Nope – not even IKEA had the right size or color!  Nothing seemed right.  Then I realized I had a cardboard box lying around that fit in the opening pretty well. So, I decided to cover the box with fabric that would coordinate with the towels and paint color.

Fabric covered box

The bottom color – Celtic Grey – is what we painted on the walls.

At my local fabric store I found some fabric in the discount bin (50% off – wahoo) that would be enough to cover the box (just about 2 inches less than a full yard) – and it was the perfect color!  I don’t like everything all matchy-matchy, so when I saw this fabric which is about two shades darker than the paint color – SOLD!

After pressing the fabric to get all the wrinkles out, I measured the length needed to cover the sides and cut the fabric to that length, adding one inch for the seam.  I also cut the fabric tall enough so that it would fold over the top of the box to the inside. Then the box was placed on top of the remaining fabric and a line drawn around the bottom, plus a 1/2 inch seam all around.  This piece will cover the bottom of the box.

Covering a cardboard box with fabric

I pinned the fabric pretty snug, then sewed the seam.

First, the seam for the fabric covering the sides of the box was sewn.  I made sure this was the right size by fitting the fabric over the box.  Nice and Snug. Perfect!

Now I pinned the side fabric to the bottom fabric and sewed that into place.  The corners can be tricky so take your time.  I found it easiest to cut a slash in each corner as I was pinning the pieces together.  Then, when I was sewing the seam, the fabric stretched a bit so I could get sharp corners.  Before putting the fabric on the box, I sprayed the box with a bit of tacky glue and let that dry for a few minutes.  This helped the fabric adhere to the box, especially on the inside, but it sure made it harder to get the fabric on!  I think next time I will only spray the inside of the box. This project went really fast and only took about 1/2 hour to cut out the two pieces and then sew them together!

How to cover a cardboard box with fabric

I had this drawer handle that I didn’t use from a previous project, and it was the perfect finishing touch to the box!

Once the box was done, I felt it needed something else.  A handle!  I had an extra drawer handle that would work great on this box and seemed to be the perfect finishing piece!  It had the same rubbed bronze finish as the handles and pulls on the vanity, although it was a slightly different style and size, which seemed to make it all that much more special!   At first I was just going to punch a hole with an awl through the fabric and cardboard,so I could screw the handle on, but the fabric started to pull!  So instead I had to actually cut tiny holes in the fabric (easier said than done when it is stuck with glue to the cardboard – I ended up using a razor blade), threaded the screws in from the inside of the box and screwed them into the handle.  What is great is that the screws also help to hold the fabric down on the inside of the box!

I can store a lot of things in the box that I wouldn’t want out in the open, keeping a “spa-like” atmosphere in the bathroom.  Aaahhhhh….

How to use fabric to cover a cardboard box

Here is the fabric covered box in place with some matching towels.

I found some nice fluffy towels at our local BB&B store that were almost an exact match to the fabric!

Pretty Storage Box 8

So…  whaddya think?




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54 thoughts on “Pretty Storage Box

  1. I love the fabric you used… I have been covering boxes for storage myself but, I love the idea of adding the handle… looks so finished… thank you for sharing.. Cathy

    • You are right, Cathy, the handle does seem to finish it! When the box was done it just needed something extra. At first I thought I would make a fabric handle, but then I felt that it might feel too casual or beachy. I wanted a bit more elegant and spa-like feel to the bathroom and I think the handle was just the right touch!

    • That is so true! We are renovating to be as neutral as possible, but beautiful also (at least we hope!), so if it doesn’t sell at least we won’t mind living in it! Good luck to you also!

    • Hello Angelika – it’s nice to hear from you again! I have a few book shelves in my living room that need a few boxes like this also. I guess I will be busy making more of these! Thank you for visiting!

    • Thank you, Claire! The fabric was such a blessing – the perfect color and on sale. Wahoo! Thanks for stopping by – come back soon.

  2. That’s a lovely solution for storage! Your bath looks lovely and I’m sure whoever buys the house will love it. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Thanks! I actually found a plastic tub that fits perfectly inside while at the store yesterday, so now we are going to use it as our trash bin! It’s really convenient right there in the vanity between the sinks! Serendipity! 🙂

  3. Good Morning Vickie, just saw you on Krafty Cards etc.’s Inspiration party. Your fabric box looks lovely, especially with the addition of a handle. I absolutely love your bathroom update; wonderful calm color scheme!
    Have a great day!

    • When hubby and I were looking at paint colors for the walls, we knew we wanted something serene and soothing. We were actually looking at a dusty sage green first, but then when we looked at the blues, we saw this one and fell in love! It’s one of those colors that looks greenish in the morning and more bluish as the day goes on. Why they called it Celtic GRAY I will never know! 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Val! Hope to hear from you again soon.

  4. Hello Vickie,
    I too would like to write to you, that you have this box very good job .. It fits well into your bathroom with the other Dingen.So you can combine used as the box and the new material on well together, if you have a good idea as you!
    Thanks for sharing.


    • You are right – it’s a small change but brings in a lot of color and pattern to the otherwise bland bathroom. Thank you, Anne

    • Thank you, Sandra! I love upcycling too! Of course, I also like downsizing sometimes! 🙂 And recycling, reducing, reusing, repurposing! Whatever you call it, if it’s good for the earth – it’s good!

  5. Beautiful AND organized! My 2 favorites. Adding the drawer handle to the box really made it sophisticated. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

    • Oh – thank you Susan for saying it looks sophisticated! I was hoping for a sophisticated look, but wasn’t sure I got it quite right. Have a great week!

  6. Hi Vicky, thanks for leaving me a sweet comment on my blog Little Brags (The Adirondack Chairs post). I tried to reply to your comment directly but you come up as a non reply blogger (Google Glitch) Christine from Little Brage…btw I love that storage box, super cute idea!

    • You are welcome, Christine! Maybe some day we can have a nice visit in your chairs – with a glass of wine, of course!

  7. Love the box and the bathroom makeover. We are in the same process of making over our home so someone else can enjoy it. Every time, I say next time I’m doing this stuff for myself, but it never happens. 🙂

    • Yup – you got that right. I absolutely love my bathroom now. Just when I finally got it right, we have to sell it! Oh well – my hope is that someone else will love it just as much and buy our house at our asking price. Oooo – maybe a couple of buyers will get into a bidding war!!! 🙂 I can always hope, can’t I? Hahaha… The good news is (hubby thinks it’s bad news) that I get to do this all over again when we build our new home. Good luck to you, Sheila, when you put your house on the market!

    • Thank you, Sheila! We worked pretty hard on that bathroom and are glad to get it done. Thanks for visiting me today!

  8. This reminds me of my MIL. She does all these sorts of crafty things all the time, and the always look good, like yours does. I love the colour you’ve chosen!

    • Good morning, Mrs. Yub! That color really is beautiful, isn’t it? Thank you so much for the compliment! 🙂

  9. Yes, that’s so true – but they have to be able to envision themselves there – wonderful box – looks great! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  10. Hi! I’m one of the co-hosts from the Wake Up Wednesday link party and I’m stopping by to say thank you for linking up with us this week and I hope to see you next Tuesday night! Your box is great! This is an inexpensive alternative to those really high-priced ones. Your bathroom looks awesome too!

    • Have fun with this project, Carrie! BTW, I just went to our local dollar store yesterday and they have cabinet pulls and handles! Also, I have enough fabric left over that I think I will “spruce up” the hand towels! I am going to sew a strip of the fabric along the band that is woven at the end of the towels, so now I will have a coordinated set! Wish me luck on this one. I have never done this before, but in my mind’s imagination I think it will look great!

    • You know, Megan, I think this could be done with glue! Maybe hot glue or even good old Elmer’s? I would cover the bottom of the box first with a 1/2 inch overlap coming up the sides. Then, I would fold the fabric that goes around the sides of the box about 1/2 inch up, iron it flat, then glue that on with the seam in the back. It may have to be done in stages, but I believe this is totally do-able with glue! Let me know if you try it, because it would be wonderful to let my readers know that this is, indeed, possible! Have a great weekend. 🙂

    • Hello, Alisha! Thank you for your kind compliment. I will certainly stop by and look around your blog – thanks for the invite!

    • I’m right there with ya on the intelligence scale of designing! 😉 This box just seemed to happen out of necessity and I was lucky that it turned out as well as it did.

    • Thank you for the wonderful compliment, Lily. I sure hope you are right. We want our home to sell as soon as possible so we can get on with the plans to move up to our future homestead.

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