You know the Ikea cubbies you see everywhere?
I believe they used to be called Expedit but now are named Kallax.
When some of our old neighbors left their rental they left a set behind. In passing, the cleanup crew offered them to my husband and of course (since we love freebies) he said yes.
We were using them to store the kids’ toys but decided they needed a makeover. Our littles were always knocking toys out the back and the cubbies were already a bit, dinged, dented, stained and falling apart. It was time.
A particular set of cubbies floating around Pinterest caught my eye, so a plan was made to redo the Ikea cubbies to give them the same look. Turns out my inspiration is the retired Mitchell Cubby Storage (x4) from Pottery Barn.
As inspired by the original, for now we are using our cubbies as dining room storage. This may be short lived though since we have two other storage pieces in this space (a matching buffet and hutch) and to me it feels too out of place. We will most likely be putting them up for sale in the near future or might save them for our workshop renovation.
I throw around workshop renovation as if it might happen soon. Probably not. We still have some house projects to finish first. Not to mention my idea of workshop renovation is gut and redo whereas my husband wants to cover and go. I’ve informed him cover = bandaid = not good enough for my future plans for the space. He’s informed me bandaid = affordable AND gut job = out of the budget. Blast.
So here they sit until we make up our minds.
This is a relatively easy hack and as an added bonus the changes sturdied the unit up quite substantially!