When we bought the Ikea Expedit unit for our living room to store the growing amount of toys, we also bought the Prant storage boxes. You may remember me using the lids from these boxes to make jewelry organizers. I initially used fabric starch to wrap the fronts of the boxes in fabric. They lasted through over a year of daily use by a toddler until she figured out she could pull the fabric off. Needless to say, some of the boxes were left naked, showing the bare plywood underneath for the last couple months until I figured out what I wanted to do with them. Not so pretty:
We are freeing up a room to become the play room in a few months. That means the Expedit unit will be moving out of the great room. With this in mind, I wanted to do something with these naked plywood boxes that would work in the great room but would also work in the new playroom. Once I saw the trees in the background of our new family photo, I was inspired to paint tree silhouettes on the box fronts.
There isn't really a whole lot of detail to share about how I did it because it was so easy. First, I painted the fronts with a soft gray using a foam roller. Then, I hooked up our projector to my laptop to project the tree images on the boxes using an image I found on the internet. I traced the outlines of the trees on the boxes using a pencil. Using a paint two shades darker, I filled in the tree trunks and branches with an artist's brush. In this picture, you can see the two different stages. The bottom picture shows the pencil sketch while the top shows it once I filled the trees in with paint.
I love how the two rows of boxes match up with one another visually and how they compliment our family picture on the gallery style photo canvas. The boxes are now understated, and the color is muted and not pretentious.
Some tracing and some paint gave our plain plywood boxes a unique look that will work in a variety of spaces. I love versatility!
Easier Than I Thought!
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