Stir Up Some Cute Storage on a Budget

August 24, 2014 | By | Comments (1)

Do you have enough storage space in your house? Of course not – who does? Conveniently, there are great DIY methods to increase your storage space and keep it looking cute, so it’s not just a shelf but an attractive addition to your home. That doesn’t mean you need to come up with all the ideas on your own, though. This DIY storage upgrade project by Charlotte at Ciburbanity is easily adaptable, once you understand the basic steps involved.

The inspiration behind (and underneath!) this paint stirrer makeover was a simple, white IKEA shelf. Though the shelf is a great storage option. Luckily though, there’s an easy solution.


1) Get the Stirrers

First, appeal to the artistic integrity of the paint store employees in your area and request free paint stirrers. Be very polite and grateful, and you’ll be surprised by how much they’re willing to assist a fellow craftsperson.


2) Attach Stirrers to Shelf

Next, lay the shelf on its side for easier application, and affix the paint stirrers to each side with Gorilla Glue or another form of strong craft glue. Arrange additional stirrers on the outer edge of the shelf to cover the ends of the side stirrers. Place an encyclopedia’s worth of weight on the stirrers while they dry to set them more securely. Now is the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee or read a chapter from that book beside your bed.

3) Apply Stain

Once you’ve finished your coffee, go over the stirrer wall with gray Minwax stain, and bring out the variety of textured colors in the thin wooden pieces.


4) Whitewash

Give the stirrers a whitewash with watered-down white craft paint. After whitewashing, add some chalk paint with a dry brush to infuse a bit more color into your design. (This crafter recommends using Annie Sloan chalk paint.)


5) Decorate

This is a lovely base and already a world of difference from that bland storage item before, but there’s more design to be done and fun to be had, so grab your painter’s tape. Mark off lines on the shelf and create a grid for your geometric triangle pattern with a ruler, and then use your small dry brush to paint in the pattern by hand, meticulously. Don’t worry – it won’t take as long as it looks!


The great thing about this design is that it’s understated enough to match other textures and complement a range of colors, but also bold enough to make a statement in any underwhelming room.


If this got you thinking, check out our other innovative projects from the Hometalk community, on our DIY topic page.


  1. April Wood

    Wow! Who would have ‘thunk’ it?! 🙂 Looks great.

    August 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

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