I traded out my brown square storage shelf for a glossy white Expedit (or Expiditty and Dana and I call it) from Ikea. We live in a tiny apartment and I needed a more efficient way of storing all my crafting supplies and this shelf had two more cube shelves than my last shelf. And frankly, was just a lot prettier. I even bought little legs for it and spray painted them gold to make it extra fancy. Even with its shininess and pretty gold legs, it was a mess.
What I didn’t realize was that all my baskets from my Target shelf would not fit in my Ikea shelf. After much searching, I just couldn’t find baskets that I would be happy with. My motto is, “If you can’t find it, make it.” So I went on the hunt for cardboard boxes that would be the correct size for my new shiny Ikea shelf. I found that banker boxers are just about the right size. They aren’t the exact height, but that was ok with me. I then ordered navy and white fabric in two different patterns and got to work!
Then it was time to glue it to the box! I used Modge Podge to adhere the fabric to the box. I put a layer on the bottom and them placed the box on the fabric. I then flipped the box over and smoothed the fabric over so there were no wrinkles or bubbles.
Next I glued the fabric to the long sides of the box.
To give the box a seamless front, I first glues the edges of the long sides to the front of the box.
Next, I folded and glued down the edges of the front flap of fabric. I then covered the front of the box in Modge Podge and glued the front flap of fabric to the box. I repeated the same process on the back of the box.
Next was the top. For the box top, it was easier to lay the top on the fabric and trace it instead of making another pattern. Once I traced it, I measures the lip of the box, added that to the edge, and then added one inch to that for over lap.
I used the same method that I did for the box to have a seamless edges on the front of the box top.
To make them fancy-pants boxes, I added Martha Stewart bookplates so that I can label what craft items go in what box. Here is the final product!