When I was young(er) and single, I lived in a share house (our little bachelorette pad). Other than our singledom, the other thing my housemate and I had in common was our lack of money and furnishings! We were always on the lookout for bargain-basement furniture.
When I came across these simple cubes, they met all my furniture criteria:
Cheap? $20 each. TICK
Minimal assembly? a few screws. TICK
sleek and functional? They're white boxes Amy, DUH. TICK & TICK!
I completely forgot a 'before' photo, so here's one which you can pick up from Walmart for $25 at the moment
They really are versatile little ditties. I bought three and they really can be arranged anyway you wish. I've used them in our previous apartment in the entryway - stacked three high, side by side on a countertop as a mini bookshelf and currently as a unique bedside table in our guest bedroom.
The walls in the guest bedroom are a light grey colour and I'm imagining a colourscheme of black, white and grey, with a punch of yellow in the accessories. Whilst the white cubes against the walls are quite striking, I feel like they could do with a little pimpin'. So I've decided to add some stencilled images to the backs of each.
Firstly, I unscrewed each cube
I measured the back square and using a funky sheet of scrabook paper, I cut out design that took my fancy and created a stencil.
Next, using simple black acrylic paint, I carefully stenciled the design onto three white squares of paper.
I then taped one onto each of the back boards of the cubes. I did it this way so that I can change it again if the mood takes me.
I then reassembed the cubes back together, being careful not to tear or damage the back decorated side.
And there you have it!
I played around with the layout a bit - here they are stacked three high.
But decided that I really liked them as a little bedside table. What do you think? How gorgeous is that gerbra by the way? Such a vibrant red.
And what about the lamp? I think it matches so perfectly. It was a $4 lampshade from IKEA, which I recovered in some cute patterned fabric which I had lying around. Pretty simple to do - no tutorial required. Just grab your fabric and a glue gun!
I really love a cheap and chic make over like this. I would love to hear about your simple makeover stories - any makeover plans for the weekend?