Cube organizers aren't just for dorm rooms anymore. Make over the cheap storage essential into a stunning vanity that houses shoes, beauty supplies, and accessories.

May 30, 2017
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Chic vanities can get pricey fast. Make one yourself with simple, affordable storage cubes. A fresh coat of paint, plus a few other fun accents, turns the organizers from bland to beautiful in only a weekend. Plus, since the vanity is mounted on the wall, you'll get more out of your space.  

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What You Need

  • 3 four-cube storage units (we used ones from the Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart)
  • Damp cloth
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Stud finder
  • Zinc-plated corner braces
  • Drill
  • Wall anchors (optional)

Optional Embellishments:

  • Patterned paper 
  • Adhesive dots
  • 8-inch flat corner braces
  • Saw for cutting metal
  • Spray paint 
  • 1/2-inch screws
  • Beveled glass

Step 1: Assemble Cubes

Remove cubes from packaging, and assemble according to manufacturer's instructions. Wipe cubes clean with a damp cloth to remove any dust, glue, or grime.

Step 2: Prime and Paint

In a well-ventilated area, prime the assembled four-cube units, then paint the desired color. Let paint cure for two days.

Step 3: Mark the Wall

Measure and mark the location of each shelf on the wall. Use a stud finder to locate studs in the wall that will make it easier to support the shelving units, and mark those, too. For reference, we mounted the top shelf so the unit's bottom was 72 inches from the floor, the middle shelf 27 inches from the floor, and the bottom shelf 6 inches from the floor.

Step 4: Add Embellishments

If desired, add embellishments to the cube units before mounting. For a patterned interior, cut paper to size and use adhesive dots to stick directly onto the inside walls. To create golden corners, use a metal-cutting saw to trim 8-inch flat corner braces to 3 inches. Spray-paint gold, and attach with 1/2-inch screws on each corner. If desired, set beveled glass on top of the middle shelf for an easy-to-clean surface.

Step 5: Mount the Units

Drill zinc-plated corner braces into marked wall studs, then attach braces to the shelf. If there aren't any studs close to where you'd like to hang the units, use wall anchors to support the corner braces.


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