Homework room cubby

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing our homework room cubby cabinet with you. I am loving how this room is coming together. If you are new, here are a few posts to get you up to speed. Be sure to check out the IKEA Rast Hack transformation and the love your home series posts.

constructing cubbies with d lawless hardware

I have been slowly working towards transforming our formal dining room into a homework room for the girls. It has been a slow process but we are finally in the home stretch. This cubby cabinet is a favorite feature in the room for me. I love how it provides storage and an interesting design element.

I started this project by finding an old postal command center shell for the cubbies on Craigslist. Originally it had old metal backing that was bent and brittle. I removed that and applied a stained wooden back for more stability. I then sanded all the peeling paint off and applied a coat of chalk paint on the sides.

Here is a photo of the shell before the cubby boxes were constructed.

homework room cubbies

I love how the paint is worn in several areas.

We started the process of filling each cubby by constructing boxes from 1×4’s. We created 36.

homework room cubby

And it is always fun to share projects with the little ones.

homework room cubby


homeowork room cubbies

A template was created on a scrap piece of board to make it easier to apply the hardware. Once the template created, I could just tap a nail through the holes on the template to indicate where the screws would go to attach the hardware.

Before the hardware was attached, I whitewashed each box with Annie Sloan Pure White.

homework room



So, what do you think of the homework room cubby cabinet?

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  1. I love this space! You totally knocked it out of the park, friend! Your hardware choice looks AMAZING! All those boxes- that was a labor of love.

    • Indeed a labor of love, but now I have so much storage space! Worth all the work. Thank you Carrie!

    • Ashley, thanks a ton! Your work is amazing, so I am honored that you love the room. It is still a work in progress…and it functions way better now.

    • Thank you Terry. My husband and I spent quite a bit of time on them, but it was so worth it! Now I have tons of storage for kids crafts and homework accessories. Love it.

  2. Wow! I love cubbies and this is so cool. The bookplate hardware is perfect and I love the rustic look of the whole thing in your room. So nice.

    We have been transforming our dining room into an office space and it was the best thing we have ever done to the house.
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    • I hear ya on transforming spaces so that they fit your family’s lifestyle. I can’t wait to see your office space. How fun!

  3. This is wonderful! Can you tell me where you got those two cool chairs??

    • Val, they were a Craigslist find. I still need to share the transformation on the blog! So glad you like them.

  4. So cute1 I love the way it turned out. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you’ll join us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!
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