In late April I moved into my tiny baby apartment in my favorite part of Austin. You know what they say in real estate, location, location, location! I was willing to sacrifice space and pay more money for the location I currently live. Decorating and furnishing a new place can get quite expensive,so I decided to try my hand at some DIY decor.

I purchased this vintage onion and potato box for $10 at a local vintage yard sale. At first I thought this was a chicken coop, but I did some research and found that it is in fact a storage shelf for vegetables and bread. I thought it would be fun to up-cycle this box and make it into a storage unit for clothes, purses, or whatever else I couldn’t fit in my itty-bitty closet.

First, I bought some cabinet liner in a pretty black and white print and placed that into the bottom of each shelf. Then, I gave this storage unit two coats of white paint. Lastly, I glued colorful geode stones on the latches that lock each shelf. The stones add a pop of color and give this piece a bohemian vibe. Eventually, I’ll add gold leaf paint to the edges of the stones like in this Pinterest post. I love how this furniture piece turned out. The total cost to up-cycle this piece was a little over $25. Not bad!

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