Can you paint fabric storage cubes?

Just about everybody has one of those “cube” organizers, whether it’s Ikea’s Kallax or one of the thinner knock-offs sold elsewhere.

We had a cheap six-cube unit* that floated around the house for years — closets, bedrooms, different closets — before winding up in our daughter’s room. Now it’s a six-unit Barbie office complex, complete with a dentist and a daycare centre.

The Barbie retail complex

Years ago my mom let me take her 16-cube light birch Kallax. It was my first Ikea piece and I was so proud of it.

IKEA Kallax shelf unit

We used it for corralling toys for a long time and only had a few fabric bins to slip inside the cubes. Mostly, the toys just sat in their own little cubbies. It was great.

#TBT to our toddler toy organization

Fast-forward to the past few months and my huge home office makeover. The Kallax was no longer working for toys and I commandeered it for fabric storage.

The trouble was that my fabric looked sloppy when it was folded and stacked in the cubes. Unless I was going to painstakingly iron each piece and wrap it around a piece of cardboard — which I would certainly never do — it was going to look terrible. Always.

Now I organize my cottons, my colour and everything else according to the type of fabric (upholstery, knit, fleece, etc.).

#TBT to the fabric shelves in my old home office. They NEVER looked this tidy unless I was taking a picture.
If I was going to buy a slew of storage cubes, I figured I might as well buy different-coloured cubes to “show” the coloured fabric tucked inside.
Well . . . then I looked at the prices.

Can you paint fabric storage cubes? {Heather's Handmade Life}

Can you paint fabric storage cubes? If you do, will they look good? Find out in the rest of my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

Can you paint fabric storage cubes? {Heather's Handmade Life}
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Can you paint fabric storage cubes? If you do, will they look good? Find out in the rest of my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

Can you paint fabric storage cubes? {Heather's Handmade Life}
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So what do you think?

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