I was thrilled several months ago when Mr. Frugalista came home with this cubby organizer that he found on Kijiji that was being sold by a junk dealer who was cleaning out an old garage. These wooden cubby organizers are so multi-functional and fun to decorate during the holidays or special occasions and are fabulous incorporated into a mantel scape.
The original plan was to use it for a coffee/hot chocolate station to hold mugs, cream & sugar bowls, tea bags, and the like. I also thought about using it for a tea cup and saucer collection.
With Valentine's Day soon approaching I decided instead to decorate it for the occasion.
I was sure I took a before picture but for the life of me, I can't find it. You can see the light stain color peeking through the areas that I distressed. All I did was give it a wash of white chalk paint and distressed it with 180-grit sandpaper.
Using wallpaper adhesive, I papered the plywood back with barn wood scrapbook paper. I may eventually add real barn wood to the back.
I couldn't find metal label holders narrow enough to put under each cubby so I improvised. Using a plastic geometry shape template as a stencil and black chalkboard paint, I painted faux back plates. With a silver paint pen, I painted the numbers freehand.
Then came the fun part, decorating it for Valentine's Day.
The garland I made from baker's twine that I had in my stash, some cute mini clothespins, and pretty fabric hearts found in the craft aisle.
The adorable 4-pack mini mason jars came with the gingham ribbon and I filled three of them with Valentine's Candy, which of course were taunting me and calling my name.
I caved and while watching tv tonight, I went on a candy binge. Let's just say, while I'm writing this post I'm a little hyper and my tummy isn't feeling so great!
The cookie cutters were too cute and I simply hung a felt heart with baker's twine for a pop of red.
The shot glasses I found in the back of my china cabinet and used them as mini vases for red roses.
Ya, they're fake.
I couldn't resist this adorable little bear holding a heart.
Or this Valentine's votive candle.
...and Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without a BIG Kiss.
So what would you use this 12-slot cubby organizer for? When I did a google search I was shocked at how much they sell for online.
I hope you'll come back next Tuesday to see what thrift store find I makeover next.
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