Memory Box Storage + Artwork For The Wall

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

Last weekend I finally decided to clean out my hope chest. I was so sick of cramming things in it and vowed to organize the mess once I had some free time. Ha! Free time? I don’t think that exists anymore. It is wedding season and my etsy site has been really busy BUT I made some time to get this done! It  was given to me by my late grandmother Nan whom I adored and I knew that she was rolling in her grave over the mess I had made of my chest. I am sure my cousins would not be pleased if they saw it either, since it is one of the most gorgeous pieces of furniture my Nan owned and I was lucky enough to inherit it (I am the baby of the family which has always worked out in my favor 😉

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

Once I had it organized I decided I wanted to fill the space right above my hope chest and the idea came to me to use memory/shoe boxes. I had bought a few for $1.50 for organizing the hope chest and I had a bunch leftover (I bought extra knowing I could use them for SOMETHING, they were SO CHEAP). I decided to do XOXO art because it reminded me of my grandmother, she always signed everything xoxo and since my hope chest is from her I thought it would be perfect.

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

These boxes were SO EASY TO MAKE and could be used for lots of different things. Wall storage in a nursery (hang hair bows, binky clips, stack medicine). Also a great way to make a wall look pretty. I used chalkboard paint but you could decorate anyway you want. Add clips on the outside and clip up printables or pictures of family etc.

Here is how I did it:

Step 1: Paint the boxes with chalkboard paint (or any paint)

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

 Step 2: Tack the boxes up to the wall.  ** Use more then one tack, that was my first picture I took then decide to tack all 4 corners for stability to to keep it from moving.

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

Step 3: Put up command strip hangers inside of the boxes that you want to hang stuff from. These things are STRONG. My chest doubles as a gift wrapping station s it worked nicely for me to store my tape, scissors and washi inside of the boxes.

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

Step 4: Add some sort of artwork to the boxes. I used chalk but you could paint, mod podge on pictures or printables, hot glue on little clips and hang things. Endless possibilities

** I sprayed the boxes with a little clear gloss finishing spray when I was done so that the chalkboard letters would stay put, I don’t plan on changing them 🙂

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

All finished! I love these boxes so much. The XOXO being right above the hope chest reminds me of my grandma and makes me smile every time I look at it.

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

 

Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot




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Chalkboard Storage & Artwork - SohoSonnet for My Crafty Spot

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Sonnet O’Kane is a graphic artist and author of blog SohoSonnet Creative Living, providing DIY tutorials for the home, crafts, kids, free printables and more. She recently made the shift from office job to designing paper goods for her Etsy print shop full time. The transition from a paid office job to working at home has been a hard one but worth it. Sonnet loves spending more time with her 1-year-old daughter Scarlett and focusing on her own business endeavors.

Comments

  1. Great idea, Sonnet! I love creative storage ideas.

  2. I seriously love these Sonnet!! I’m totally going to copy this (with a Courtney twist of course) for my crafting area in the new house. But I do like that you can use chalk on the sides.

  3. Sonnet, I LOVE this idea! I recently went to a bunch of craft stores looking for those exact type of boxes for office storage, but couldn’t find them anywhere so I went in a different direction! Not sure if they were sold out or what. Where did you find them? I never would have thought to put them up on the wall, so clever! Pinned 🙂

    ~Katie

  4. Love this idea for upcycling shoeboxes for clever storage. Great tutorial! ~ Erika @ http://www.yayforhandmade.com

  5. I had to PIN that it’s totally cute and genius.

    Love it!

  6. Great idea and beautifully done! Pinned it.

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing these boxes on Worthwhile Wednesdays! They’ve been featured http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2014/04/worthwhile-wednesdays-16.html

  8. Thanks so much for joining us at the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party! This memory box storage artwork is absolutely adorable! Hope to see you tonight, 8:30 PM EST -Doree

  9. Your project looks so cute! What a great storage idea. I like how you simply tacked them to the wall.

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