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My daughter has a lot of stuff, I’m just going to say it. She is the first grandchild on both sides and she is a sweet, little doll face. Everyone wants to buy her something and I now have a whole room devoted to her toys. I’m to the point where I need to start getting creative with storage because only so many open bins look good until it starts resembling a preschool classroom. But again, creative is my middle name…along with cheap and gutsy (I have a lot of middle names.)

It all starts with an empty shoebox with an attached lid.

I then coated each side with Matte Mod-Podge, applying fabric to each side between coats.

Side by side I glued and wrapped it like a gift and coated the top of the fabric with glossy Mod-Podge...but that wasn't enough for me.

I hot glued around the inner sides and placed strips of felt around the edge. My logic was that with SO MANY TOYS in this house, there is no way the box would be closed very often, so I needed to make the box look good even if the lid was propped open.

It's all kinds of cute and adorable when everything fits into place.

And even as boxes tumble out the top, it still looks like that was all part of the plan. And you know what? This time it actually was.

Now all I have to do is figure out how to make my kitchen trash look this endearingly disheveled when it’s toppling over

…maybe next week.


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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