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January 26, 2016

How To Quickly Transform A 12- Slot Cubby Organizer

Hi Everyone, time for another edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday and this week I'm sharing How To Quickly Transform a Wooden 12-Slot Cubby Organizer and decorate it for Valentine's Day.

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.

12 Slot Wooden Cubby Organizer Makeover

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.

Wooden Cubby Organizer Decorated for Valentine's Day

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.

Wooden Cubby Organizer After Makeover

Using wallpaper adhesive, I papered the plywood back with barn wood scrapbook paper.  I may eventually add real barn wood to the back.

Cubby Organizer with barn wood papered 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.

Cubby Organizer stenciled faux metal tags

Cubby Organizer Interior with barn wood papered back

Cubby Organizer with faux painted metal tags

Then came the fun part, decorating it for Valentine's Day.

Cubby Organizer decorated for Valentine's Day

I rarely never decorate for Valentine's Day so I had nothing to pull from so off to the dollar store I went to find some inspiration.

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.

Cubby Organizer with fabric heart garland

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!

Cubby Organizer decorated with I Heart U Cookie Cutters

The cookie cutters were too cute and I simply hung a felt heart with baker's twine for a pop of red.

Cubby Organizer with heart shaped cookie cutter

Cubby Organizer with letter U cookie cutter

The shot glasses I found in the back of my china cabinet and used them as mini vases for red roses.

Cubby Organizer with shot glass and fabric rose

Ya, they're fake.

Cubby Organizer with mini shot glass vase with red rose

I couldn't resist this adorable little bear holding a heart.

Cubby Organizer with mini Valentine's Bear

Or this Valentine's votive candle.

Cubby Organizer with glass heart votive candle

...and Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without a BIG Kiss.

Cubby Organizer with a Big Kiss for Valentine's Day

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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