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Dollar Store Box Makeover & Craft Room Progress

I’m finally getting to the organizing stage of my craft room October Overhaul.

It’s taken a few weeks to get here but, whew, I had a lot projects for this room… and I’m not quite finished yet, but I’m getting there. There’s still more to be posted later, but for now here’s the area above my new craft desk.

The pink boxes are a makeover of some dollar store boxes that I already had.


Dollar Store Box Makeover

Here they are before. They were still in really good shape, but the colour no longer worked with my new craft room colour scheme. So, I decided to try a box makeover.


Dollar Store Box Makeover

I decided  to paint them with the Beauti-tone paint & primer combo in the same Moulin Rouge pink as my desk makeover.

This pic was after one coat, but it took three.

I used a small foam roller so it was pretty easy to do. I left the insides as is because it’s just for storage and won’t be seen. After I painted them I sprayed them with 2 coats of Tremclad urethane to help protect the paint.


Dollar Store Box Makeover

I used the same contact paper as my desk makeover for the lids. This was very easy to do. I measured my pieces of paper, leaving about 2″ on all sides to fold over.


Dollar Store Box Makeover

After removing the backing I rested the lid on the contact paper and pressed. I turned it over and worked out any bubbles on the top. Then I made a cut as shown below and folded the paper up.

Dollar Store Box Makeover

Then I simply folded the other edges up.  Then I made a slit at each corner and folded the contact paper over to the inside of the lid. To finish off the inside I secured it with scotch tape just so the contact paper wouldn’t shift or come loose when removing the lids.


Dollar Store Box Makeover

Here are the finished boxes.

Dollar Store Box Makeover

I cut out some labels out of cardboard (that I saved from behind a picture) and spray painted them with Rustoleum chalkboard paint.

I attached them to the boxes with double sided tape. Now I can easily change the labels with chalk to reflect the contents of the boxes.


Dollar Store Box Makeover

I decided I wanted to keep my pink boxes open all the time for easy access, so I put the lids on the bottoms.

Here’s the finished area above my craft desk. I bought all the other storage boxes, baskets, and containers from thrift stores over a period of months planning for this makeover. They’re holding all my different craft supplies and thrifted finds to be used in future projects.


Dollar Store Box Makeover

You can see my wine caddy makeover for paint supplies on the desk, which I posted about here. Also, I just found the glass storage containers on my desk at my thrift store for $5 for the set, and I love how they look. Now, I just have to figure out what to keep in them.

My new pink boxes go so nicely with my new craft room desk, which I already posted about here. I’m so excited to finally start getting things reorganized and back into this room. I was starting to think it would never happen, but things are starting to take shape now and it’s moving along just great.
My wardrobe makeover into a computer armoire is almost finished. Yay!! That post will be coming later this week, so stay tuned!!



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  1. I love to organize don't you? Everything looks great and your pink boxes turned out super cute. Have a good night.

    1. Yes, I love to organize! During this makeover things have been all over the house and I'm so happy to start getting them back in where they belong. Thanks so much for stopping by Tammy!

  2. Wow! Love the pink and that contact paper is perfect! I am loving the transformation Tuula 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Kathe! It' so nice to finally start getting reorganized. I can actually find things again. lol. Thanks so visiting!

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I'm a girl who loves pink. It feels so good to finally get things back where they belong. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. WOW! I've said it before and I'll say it again, when you put your mind to something, you do it. The boxes are the perfect addition. Why to reuse what you already have. I hope they help keep you organized.

    1. Thanks Amy! I'm so happy to say I'm getting there. Can't wait to enjoy my room all put back together. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thanks Nici! I'm glad to be almost totally reorganized again. Almost. I'll be there soon. Thanks so much for visiting and for following.

    1. Thank you so much Rachel! I'm so glad to have you along. I appreciate you stopping by and following! I'll definitely be popping over to check out your blog.

  4. This looks awesome! I love organizing!! I just found you over at the CHQ blog hop. I am your newest follower and would love if you could come visit my blog and follow.


    1. Thanks Nicole! I love organizing too, and I'm so happy to be getting things back into this room. Thanks so much for following! I'll be sure to stop by and check out your blog.

  5. Great redo on the boxes. Your space is looking amazing! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  6. Love the contact paper!! I have about 6 unmatched storage boxes that I'm going to recover. Thanks for the instructions. I can't wait!!

  7. I have that same contact paper and have used it in different areas of our school area! After looking at your blog I have another use for it! Great job! Can't wait to check out your desk.

  8. Thanks so much! I just loved this contact paper as soon as I saw it. I can see using it for more projects in the future. Hope you like my desk makeover as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. That is such a cute idea. I'm always curious about someone else's craft-sewing room — just snoopy that way. I love my space and had it all planned out on graph paper before we even moved into this house — I'm a tad-bit OCD, too! Have fun getting all organized.

    1. Thanks Carol! I'm one of those people who enjoys organizing, and I'm a bit of a planner myself. That's a lot of the fun for me, but I tend to plan projects in my head and sometimes I change my mind along the way and end up decorating by the seat of my pants. lol. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. Great idea, Ive been looking for decorative boxes for my closet redo.

    1. Thanks! And it was so easy to do. It just took a little time for the coats of paint and urethane to dry, but other than that it was easy peasy! Thanks so much for visiting!

  11. That pink and contact paper made a beautiful recover!

    I am coming over from Make the Scene Monday and I would love for you to come over and check out my Wool Dryer Ball Tutorial!!

    Have a Good Day!
    Ashley Suzanne

    1. Thanks Ashley! I'm a girl who loves pink. And I couldn't resist the black and white contact paper. I used the same paper on my craft room desk makeover. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Thanks very much! I just can't throw things away that are perfectly good to use… especially when I can do a makeover. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Cute, cute, cute!! I love the pattern with the pink! So pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. 🙂

  13. Thanks so much for sharing your creative craft makeover on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Happy Halloween!!


    1. Thanks Hilary! lol. I've always wanted to go to Texas. It's pretty damp and drizzly here these days. It would be nice to see some sunshine. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  14. Love this. When you get all done you will have to give us a tour of your craft room! Thanks for sharing on BeColorful this week.

    1. Thanks very much! I'll definitely be doing a before and after tour when I'm all done. I still have a few projects to go. Thank for hosting such a great party. I love linking up each week!

  15. Wow! They look so pretty and organizing is after all "the thing". Staying organised saves alot of time.

    1. Thanks! You're so right about that. I am loving getting reorganized. Sometimes styaing organized can be a challenge though. lol. Thanks so much for stopping by.