DIY Custom Storage
Make simple boxes from 1 x 4 x 8 boards using a miter saw, nail gun, and glue. Size the boxes to suit your needs, then arrange them on the wall and floor by your entry. It’s an easy, affordable alternative to pricey storage systems.
Paint a basic box to complement your walls, and use it as a stylish display case for keepsakes. We painted these in Valspar Signature Water Lily Bloom (#1007-6C) and Semi-Sweet (#4003-2C).
Deal with incoming and outgoing cards, letters, and bills, and separate junk mail for recycling. This one is painted Valspar Signature Homestead Water Lily Bloom (#1007-6C).
Corral boots and shoes by the door -- the box catches drippings from soggy and soiled soles. Add a plastic liner to the bottom, if desired. This one is shown in Valspar Signature Evening Sun (#3004-6C).
Stash those valuables you’d be lost without -- keys, wallets, phones, change, glasses. Tuck some into a basket (#1351) and add a hook (#308949) for keys. We finished this box in Valspar Signature Homestead Resort Spa Aqua (#5004-5A).
Got a set of items you always grab when you go to a favorite fun spot -- like the pool or the beach? Store them all in one convenient place. (Shown here in Valspar Signature Semi-Sweet (#4003-2C).
Think Inside the Box
Personalize. Build a drop box for each family member and color-code the boxes with paint. Or designate colors for different kinds of gear. Reflect. Like to check your look before you head out? Mount a small mirror inside one of the boxes and you’ll have a mini vanity by the door. Communicate. Make a message box by covering one panel inside the box with chalkboard paint or cork. Or simply slip in a notepad and a pen. Make arrangements. Try different groupings of boxes before mounting them. You could hang the boxes in a single row, a single column, in pairs, or in a grid. Place the boxes above or below garment hooks.