Yellow Zebra Striped Magazine Storage Boxes

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diy yellow zebra magazine storage

I decide not too long ago to get rid of the orange in our living room. It was just too shocking a color and made the room look darker. And since the room is already pretty dark on its own, this is not a good thing. The trick is that I’m not going to throw anything away or buy anything new, I’m going to repurpose everything orange.

The first thing I decided to tackle was the myriad of storage boxes that we bought at Ikea a few years ago. This was just after my hubby and I had just moved in together. We were mixing all our stuff and the living room was a clean slate (well not really, since we had a ton of mismatched hand me downs between us). We  I hadn’t decided what colors I wanted to use in the living room yet, and since I had some orange accessories from before,  we just got some white, orange and green boxes. Should have just gotten the blue…

 orange magazine storage boxes

Wow, Shout actually works! I’m doing the laundry while writing this post and used it for the first time to treat a set in grease stain (I always try to go the more natural route and use baby powder for fresh grease stains. But this was already set in). No trace of the stain, my shirt is saved!!!

Anyway, back to the project at hand.

I didn’t actually know what I was going to do with these boxes until I saw Stacy’s (Not Just A Housewife) beautiful home office reveal. She painted her white Ikea magazine boxes blue.

I came across this creamy yellow Rustoleum (Sunflower Satin) paint at Home Depot and knew it would be perfect. Since the color was so light I didn’t want to just paint them but create some sort of pattern. At first I was thinking polka dots, but the thought of having to cut out all those circles was just too much. I found a generic zebra pattern online and modelled my painter’s tape stencil from that.

Yellow Zebra Striped Magazine Storage Boxes

I removed the label holder and taped the metal trim with painter’s tape.

painting orange magazine storage boxesI gave them a couple of coats of white primer and a couple of the sunflower. You have to inverse the colors, whatever color you want the stripes to be goes on first then you paint the background color over the stencil. Both the primer and yellow are matte, I think that looks better on these.

For some reason the paint on one of the boxes was a bit rough. So I gently sanded it with a 220 grit sandpaper and it worked like a charm.

painted magazine boxesWhile I was literally waiting for paint to dry, I cut out all my zebra stripes from painters tape. I cut all shape and sizes, just enough for one box.

creating zebra stripesI got a little impatient during the painting process and sprayed way too much. I had to wipe the globs of paint with a napkin. I then patiently gave it a couple of light coats and it was almost good as new. Luckily this happened on the back side of the box, which no one will ever see.

Of course, I was so into painting and cutting that I forgot to take a picture of the taped zebra pattern on the box. But you can sort of see it here. When doing this, don’t over think the placement. Just put the stripes on randomly and if something doesn’t look right you can just remove it and place it somewhere else.

painted zebra stripesIn my true frugal style I reused the zebra stripes on the second box. This is how the finished product looked.

diy yellow zebra stripesAfter taking this picture I realized they were missing something. I went onto Word and printed out a couple of labels.

diy yellow zebra magazine storage box

Ahh, much better, now we can both store our stuff.

 custom label magazine storage box

Oh, just a note. Make sure to press the stencil tape down really well, if not you’ll get some small runs like I did here below (by the label).

magazine storage box diy labelZebra Striped Magazine Storage Boxes

Now It’s on to the next orange thing.


Yellow Zebra Striped Magazine Storage Boxes — 27 Comments

  1. Yellow zebra print…I love it! I have to say, the way you painted these was pretty clever. I thought it was fabric. Excellent job!

    • I thought about using fabric at first, but was too lazy to go to Joann’s to search for some. Plus this was cheaper 😉

  2. Love this! What a fun idea. Ya know, orange is the color of the year. You were so far ahead of the curve that you had time to use it, live with it and get sick of it before everyone else started on it! Nice! I’m a new follower (found you on 504 Main). I hope you’ll follow me back!

    • I’ve actually had the orange for a few years now. I guess in that time it came into style, came out of style and then came back into style again. LOL Of course I’ll follow ya back.

  3. What lovely paint colours & a great job. I’ve a couple of black ones that I’ve hidden away so you’ve inspired me to brighten them up with some zebra stripes — maybe in a turquoise or the beautiful yellow you chose. Thanks for posting.

    • Something like this would look great, it’s not that difficult plus you could paint stripes on anything.

  4. Well this caught my eye because my blog logo is … yellow zebra! But I never would have imagined that’s how you create a zebra stripe. Fab job — I want these for my office … maybe you should sell them on Etsy?

  5. Thanks for sharing your project at Sunday Blog Love. I was so sure you used scrapbook paper and wanted to get the name of it..come to find out spray paint! Love it! Your project is one of my top five picks for the week. Hope you can come back again this weekend! Have a great weekend.

  6. That’s a beautiful print! Great job! I’m not normally into animal prints but I love how it’s subtle yet still provides that bit of fun. I might actually wear clothes with animal prints if they were like that 🙂

    • Yeah me either, that’s why I did it in the soft yellow. I didn’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb, lol.

  7. Love the yellow zebra print, so cool and pretty. I really like it, you are one creative girls, when I looked at it at first I thought you covered with fabric. But no you painted it. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best Par.tay! PS – following you on the social thingy on the left!

  8. That is so cool. I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

  9. What a great idea to cover those magazine boxes! Maybe I will try that this summer when the paint will dry quickly in the garage. You left the inside as it was orignally? Did I miss something? Thanks for sharing this idea with us.

    • Yes, the inside was a light cardboard color originally. I didn’t paint it since once you fill the box with magazines it won’t even show. Thanks.

  10. I love how these turned out! I wanted to let you know that I just featured this on my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post today. Stop by and see!

  11. Good evening!

    I featured your magazine files in my blog series, Get Your Color On: Yellows. My series highlights DIY projects from other bloggers, decorating tips, and decor picks.

    I love how you combined a strong pattern with a lighter shade of yellow. Great job!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and feel free to post a Get Your Color On! button!

    Angela Conley
    Creative Blossoming