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Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner Observer

Kate Spade Inspired Storage Box


Hello friends!!!!

Long time no blog, I know. I’ve been a busy bee working on many many projects, as you may have kept up with on Instagram with some sneak peeks! Well now you get the full tutorial for one of my favourite projects lately – a little black and white beauty!

Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner ObserverI can’t even explain to you how obsessed I am with this. Who doesn’t love a little something Kate Spade Inspired? As you can see from the image above, I’m kind of obsessed with black and white… if you didn’t catch that already from my kitchen chairs and my recent table/lamp makeover! Here’s what I used to make this:

  • 1 IKEA KASSETT box
  • Black electrical tape

Yes, that’s it. Material count is TWO! Now let’s start by putting the box together. It’s IKEA, and I do love me some IKEA, but everything is complicated to put together. Now that you’re frustrated and ready to eat a chocolate bar, pull out your electrical tape.


Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner ObserverI used a piece of tape on each corner rather than measuring and drawing on perfect lines first. This meant I got to eyeball the lines with some sort of guide.

Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner ObserverKeep going…using the same strips of tape as you move up the box.

Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner ObserverAbout 20 minutes later you’ll have this:

Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner ObserverOh that reminds me… the lid! I went the “opposite” way on the lid. It’s the “right” way when you see the box from the side though…


Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner ObserverDoes that make sense? I also opted not to put tape on the side of the lid because the measuring would have been crazy and the size of the tape wouldn’t really work, and I really just didn’t feel like it was necessary.

Can we just look at this box again, please?

Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner ObserverI do kinda sorta wish that the hardware was gold because… duh! I love gold! But the silver is nice and neutral, and it works!

This might just be the shortest blog post I have ever written – I needed to point that out!

For you visual folks, here’s the full tutorial:

Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner ObserverThoughts on my little experiment? As always, I love to hear from you. I’m thinking I need to use the second box that came in the package to make another striped box, but maybe in the opposite direction? Or in a different colour? Maybe in copper? Oooooh!!!

Kate Spade-Inspired Storage by The Learner Observer




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  • Reply Johanna

    Such a cute little tutorial! I totally agree, no need to tape the edges, it looks great as is.
    I went to IKEA last week, and while I got two shelves that I needed, they were renovating and so had no knick-knacks whatsoever… can you believe it?! I was so upset! I feel another IKEA trip to the other one in my area coming on soon haha

    July 30, 2014 at 5:19 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, girlfriend! Too bad on the IKEA trip! But that just means you get to go back, which is a-ok!

      July 30, 2014 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Vanessa

    So cute, Thalita!

    July 30, 2014 at 7:14 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Vanessa!! Also, how have I never seen your blog before. Ummm… LOVE! Excuse me while I go spend several hours catching up on The Shimmer.

      July 30, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Midsommarflicka

    What a beautiful transformation of a plain box! Love it!

    July 30, 2014 at 8:21 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Mid!!!! Plotting making over the next box now… maybe some copper tape is needed :)

      July 30, 2014 at 10:58 am
      • Reply Midsommarflicka

        I’m not really into copper so I would probably go for girlish-pink-flowery, but yeah, copper might work as well ;)

        July 31, 2014 at 6:42 am
  • Reply Christina

    Such a cute idea. I have 5 of those boxes on my shelves next to me. They suddenly look so plain… :)

    July 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      They are pretty great on their own, though, aren’t they? I’ve used them for so long! Now I keep looking at all the others plotting how I can make them over too! haha

      August 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Stacy

    I have a bunch of black boxes – so I need to find white tape ;-) I love the project!


    July 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh Stacy, I was just at Home Depot and they have white electrical tape, so you could totally do it!

      August 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    LOVE!!!!!!!! And yes to copper. It would be stunning!
    I have a bajillion rolls of washi tape. I need to get to IKEA pronto and get me some boxes to cover!

    August 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I knew you could get behind copper :) I’m so very tempted to slap tape on all of the white boxes I have now!

      August 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm

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