Our informal dining room, affectionately referred to as the breakfast room, received a much-needed makeover. Come see how I transformed cube shelving and a blank wall into a fantastic storage display!
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As a Better Homes & Gardens Influencer, I am tasked with a monthly challenge to utilize Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart products creatively within the home. Sound like fun? It is! This month’s challenge focused on getting organized in the new year. Oh boy. If you are anything like me, then the only problem with this task is deciding which room to tackle first and where to even begin! I have so many spaces in the new home begging for better organization, but our breakfast room was screaming the loudest for a makeover.
**IMPORTANT Update 1/22/2020: Please note that the updated BHG cube shelving may not be the exact size as the IKEA KALLAX cube shelving! A reader wrote to tell me she tried this hack and the IKEA drawer fronts did not fit her shelving. Please double check your measurements before trying.
I’ve had a vision for this room since the day we moved in but kept putting off doing the hard work. This month’s challenge was just the incentive I needed to start the new year off right and finally finish this room! I am so thrilled with how it turned it, and I think you’ll love how obtainable this look is to achieve. Here is what the room started with in our “before”:
The wall of cube shelving is built up on a platform made from 2×4’s and finished off with baseboard molding. To see how to do this, please refer to how we created the base of our built-in bookshelves in our previous home. If you want to achieve a similar look you will need the following cube organizers:
- 1 Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart 4-Cube Storage Organizer
- 2 Better Homes & Gardens SQUARE 4-Cube Organizer
- 4 Better Homes & Gardens Collapsible Fabric Storage Cube in Linen Ivory
The Collapsible Fabric Storage Cubes in Linen Ivory could not be more perfect! They match my linen chairs beautifully and pull out like drawers. As you can see, I still need to label all of the drawers. My handwriting is atrocious, so I’m actually waiting to find the box containing my letter stamps!
The drawers in the two square cube units are from another store known for their cube storage *wink* and work perfectly with the Better Homes & Gardens cube storage units. I replaced the hardware on the drawer fronts to give them a more custom look. I still need a cushion for the top of the bench, but Eowyn doesn’t seem to mind my makeshift cushion one bit! 😂 In typical Pomeranian fashion, she made herself right at home as soon as I placed a luxurious throw on the bench.
Our previous kitchen had some makeshift open shelving that I loved to style and was really missing. Therefore, I added these open shelves using brackets and a stained 1x10x10 board cut into four equal lengths. The chicken wire lantern, acacia paddle board, and marble cake stand are all from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. The other accessories are items I’ve collected over time from thrift stores or home stores.
My beautiful new shiplap walls were my Christmas present from my husband! He installed the shiplap and I did everything else in the room. Matt strongly dislikes to do any DIY, so I’m always hesitant to ask for his help. I wanted to use real wood in here instead of MDF and I wanted long, uncut planks without any seams. Ten foot boards are too heavy for me to install without help so I sheepishly asked Matt if he’d gift them to me for Christmas. He wasn’t thrilled with the request, but as always he did a beautiful job! The room is just shy of 10 feet long, so we used 1x8x10 boards with spacers to achieve the look I wanted.
It’s so wonderful to have more storage space and a place to display my dishware! I didn’t buy anything to place on the shelves. My poor kitchen cabinets and attic were holding plenty already. The cute wood bark charger is from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart and can be found here.
I’m looking forward to changing the look of the shelves with the seasons and switching things around when the fancy strikes! I love to style shelves and have written several posts on how to style shelves here, here, here, and here. Click on any of the “here’s” to read the tutorials and tips on how to style shelves like a pro!
In case you’re wondering, because I’m certain someone may ask, I’m using our new breakfast room cube storage to store a bunch of craft supplies and kitchen accessories. My boys do homework at this table, or at the kitchen bar and are often in need of markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, note cards, etc. The drawers and storage bins are fantastic for keeping their craft supplies organized yet handy.
With much less closet space available in this home compared to our last (and no basement!), I’ve really struggled with organizing my surplus accessories. The drawers are amazing for stashing away extra placemats, cloth napkins, and silverware sets.
And just a few more pictures because I’m obsessed with this space and can’t seem to ever edit down my pictures to a socially acceptable number! 😉 Indulge me. Getting organized is hard work!
A big thanks to Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart for inspiring this project! You can visit Better Homes & Gardens Live Better on: