LOL Grain Sack Storage Box

A cheap card board storage box, painted with a grain sack looking stripe is the first of my  LOL (Labor of Love) storage box series.  Of course these days we all know what LOL usually means… and that is probably what most of you are doing… at me… right about now, for actually holding a “series” on decorating card board  storage boxes.

I’ve never been one to deny my love affair with  the card board box, namely the faux tin ceiling storage box or the faux rawhide storage box.  


Here is what I like about card board boxes: 

They’re usually cheap, readily available and they store things I’d like to hide away.  Need I say more?

Of course, I’d prefer a real wood box over card board.  Real wood boxes definitely hold storage, but real wood boxes are usually not cheap and not readily available.  So as I am regrouping with the basement update, I’m trying to unify my storage for cheap, which you will see most often, has nothing to do with fast.

And that is why I’m calling this the  LOL (Labor of Love) storage box series, LOL!



I purchased some of these card board storage boxes at the store.

I painted them white-ish using primer mixed with off-white craft paint, using a sponge roller.

I let the paint dry for 24 hours (I said it wasn’t fast).



I used two different sizes of blue painters tape and taped down grain sack looking stripes on the storage boxes and lids.

I mixed up a batch of dark grey craft paint by mixing black, off-white and white.

I rolled on two coats of paint, with drying time in between.

I peeled off the painters tape.

I gave the whole box a coat of decoupage with a sponge roller.

I gave the outside of the box a quick spray of Mod Podge Matte Sealer, which helps keep the decoupage from being sticky.



That was all she wrote on this project.  The part that took the longest was applying the primer/ paint mix and letting it dry.




If my plan goes well with the LOL storage boxes, most of them will be interchangeable with each other and can be placed in either the living room or basement area with out shouting,

“I’m filled with craft supplies and a bunch of miscellaneous junk that should be either given away or thrown away!!!”

Fingers crossed, LOL.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ Amy  

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7 Responses to LOL Grain Sack Storage Box

  1. Vicky June 17, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    Very cool Amy! If you need something to store your stuff, it might as well be pretty.

    • Amy June 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

      I agree, Vicky. Even if it’s cheap as dirt and takes a while to get it done, I’m hoping it will be prettier than plain ole’ card board in the end.

  2. Mel June 18, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Lovely! I didn’t know the trick about sealer I thought MP was a sealer. I hate that sticky feeling.

    • Amy June 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

      I’ve tried it now a few times and it definitely helps to keep the tackiness to a limit.

  3. Feral Turtle June 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    That is such a great idea. Your storage will look like it stepped out of Vogue………well maybe not Vogue, but definitely Martha Stewart Living. it looks awesome!

    • Amy June 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

      Awww, how sweet of you to say that. I’m really hoping I can keep them all looking enough like each other so I don’t have a clash of styles going on in one room.

  4. Thrift My House June 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    Great makeovers on these boxes Amy! I’m impressed!

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