Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"C" is for Cubbies

One dozen cubbies to be exact.

I built my kids a storage wall full of cubbies.




After we bunked the beds (post here) we had this empty wall:


Using Ana White's plans for the cubby storage wall, I built the cubbies and modified the base supports in order to make use of the large baskets we already had.




I used 2 1/2 sheets of 3/4" plywood and 1 1/2 sheets of beadboard backing and cut all my pieces:


All constructed and ready for paint:


To finish I used one coat Kilz primer and two coats semi-gloss white.




Total cost (not including fabric bins) $120.

Here's Pottery Barn's version for a whooping $760:

Cameron 3 Cubby & 3 Open Base Set

I can guarantee the labor to make these is so worth the $640 you'll save.



Now all three kids have their own designated cubbies to store all those trinkets and what-not kids tend to collect.



And we made the best use of the space for a minor cost.


A side by side of the room transformation:





That was fun but enough work in the kids room for now.


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34 comments:

Restoration House said...

They look great! So much more space and storage with this new plan. Lovely work.
Kim

Angie said...

Ok, can you like come to my house and redesign the whole thing? You are definitely my new hero! :)

Angie
Linen & verbena

Holly said...

I'm so amazed at all the things you make! These look awesome, and I love the neat and tidy storage!

Sawdust and Paperscraps said...

That looks so awesome!

Allison@FabRehab said...

Lookit you! So I'm next on your list of people to build for, right? Kidding! Looks great!

Katherines Corner said...

Oh this is lovely, The colors are terrific, Great post. Hugs!

pinktoesandpowertools said...

Fantastic! You are starting to make me feel lazy... :)

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Unbelievable that you made that! I am dying for my husband to finish his MBA so we can tackle similar projects... I'm to scared to do it on my own. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa said...

I have never seen anyone make them before. Nice work!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

these look truly amazing! would love for you to link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings next week! www.ladybug-blessings.com

Kristen said...

Wow! You did a great job.

Kristy Carberry said...

Great savings and lots of storage! Thanks for sharing!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Fantastic job! I love all things Pottery Barn but so expensive so I love seeing "look alikes". You really made these look great.
www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

livegreenlovemuch.com said...

I love cubbies. These are just wonderful! I would love this in a craft room (if I had one:))

Ginger said...

I have been coveting those cubbies for days! I envy you, great job!!!
www.lifewithoutwhiteout.blogspot.com

Robin said...

Fantastic job! I am kicking myself for buying two walls of similar cabinets (from Company Kids) for my kid's room now!

Sweetened by Kagi said...

You did a fabulous job! I love it- I am thinking of doing something like this to store all of my cake supplies in and personally I think your cubbies look WAY better than the ones sold at pottery barn :)

http://sweetenedbykagi.blogspot.com

Jori said...

Looks great! I SO need to do this for my kids! I am following you!

Leonard said...

where do you get the baskets? My daughter wants to do this exact thing but having a hard time finding inexpensive baskets?

Pam said...

Wow, great storage, great job. It looks so nice.

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Oh wow! These look GREAT!!! I love them!! I wish I was brave enough to make those myself because I need some cubbies...love love love them!

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings said...

amazing..i think you have given me the confidence to try tis thanks!

Jill said...

i bet your kids are so thankful...you did a beautiful job!

~Jill
Just dream, Jelly Bean

Amanda said...

Fantastic work, they look amazing! Love the colourful baskets, so cute.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

You are awesome!! I dream about cubbies like that at night!! I can't believe you made them yourself?? Want to come to my house???

Marian said...

So great! Clean, organized and cute!

marian
perfectchancememories.com

Karen At Home said...

Hi there, new visitor stopping by from The Stories of A to Z. What an amazing job. I love the after picture, simply amazing. Have a wonderful day!

Karen

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Isn't Ana White the best? Your space looks fab and yay you for making the storage!

The DIY Show Off said...

Awesome job! Your cubbies are so cute and the bins are so pretty. Great way to add fun storage!

Roeshel

Hopping Along said...

Awesome! I'm visiting via Ana White. I've had these on my "to do" list for a while now. I had a few bad experiences with the circular saw and my boards not being square.... Did you use anything in particular to keep your saw straight and did you use a nail gun? I'm so inspired! Thanks for sharing!

gatheredinthekitchen.com said...

These look great! Your pictures make it look so easy to do!! (I will still need my hubby) But it sure diminishes the case for it's too hard to make! Thanks for the inspiration

Brandy Briggs said...

I LOVE how it turned out. You did a wonderful job. Where did you get the baskets?

Adam Walters said...

Wow.. That takes dedication to build one of those. I am impressed. Great way that you saved money, especially with the holidays coming. I just recently bought a cubby storage unit and I am very pleased with it. Keeps the kids belongings organized and neat.

cheldi said...

Just found this via pinterest and I have a question for you. Are these secured together? To the wall? I have a few climbers and I'm wondering how best to secure them without putting too much push/pull stress on furniture?