Thanks to Little Partners for sending these cubbies my way. This DIY Gold + Marble Modern Cubby Makeover is quick, easy and looks great!
I love our mid-century modern home, but it suffers from a serious lack of storage. And the intersection of young kids and lack of storage is called chaos. I found these cute cubbies and immediately fell in love with them. But of course I wanted to add my own twist. Gold hardware, carrera marble looking accents and a geometric planter gave this cute children’s storage piece a unique, modern mini-me look. With a few small adjustments I had a modern cubby makeover.
I used the Little Partners My First Cubby in soft white for this project. They’re best known for their Learning Tower and creating products to help tiny humans get involved around the house. My First Cubby is 48″ high so Blake (age 3) and Kayla (age 9) can both easily use it.
Here is what you’ll need for my modern cubby makeover add ons:
- Marble contact paper (2 rolls)
- Gold spray paint
- Small wire baskets (optional)
- Geometric succulent planter
First, I took all of the silver cubby hardware and painted it gold. My go to paint for this is Rustoleum Metallic Gold. I use it for most of my projects and always have a can and a mask on hand. Wear the mask. You’re not a teenage graffiti artist.
I assembled the entire unit with the exception of attaching the backing of the cubbies. I rolled out the marble contact paper, traced the backings and cut the contact paper to size. You’ll need two rolls of contact paper to accommodate the width of the cubby backings. Fortunately, it’s inexpensive and readily available via Amazon Prime.
These geometric planters had caught my eye while looking for a series of planters to hang from an outdoor accent wall in our backyard. The white geometric shape and gold metal frame felt spot on for that project and felt right here, too.
For the planter, I drilled a small hole in the side of the cubby, going through the bottom cross plank of the compartment holding the wire basket. I added a gold painted screw for my succulent planter to hang from. The one included with the planter is a bit thick to use on this cubby. I filled the planter with blue chalk sticks, one of my favorite succulents and surprisingly resistant to my black thumb. That was it!
I filled Kayla and Blake’s cubbies with our everyday go-to items. As you can see, their Native shoes are well worn and thoroughly loved. They each have a few pairs, including glow-in-the-dark ones and they are perfect for San Diego kid life about 9 months out of the year.
Our Ju-Ju-Be Mini Be backpacks are a house favorite. They’re small enough that Blake can carry his own and somehow also large enough that I can usually fit our family essentials in them for an outing or a hike. Whenever we travel, each kid gets their own Mini Be filled with snacks, little toys, books and other activities to keep them occupied. I tend to gravitate towards their monochrome styles. The Tokidoki Sushi Cars print and the Black Magic print are my current favorites.
The wire baskets are filled with sunglasses, sunscreen and some small entertainment items we can grab and go. I tend to keep some hair things here for Kayla as well because if we’re being honest, hair brushing is usual a last minute on the way out the door kind thought. And that snazzy bike helmet there? It’s actually mine! After a 15 year break from bike riding, I’ve recently started riding again in an attempt to get Blake on his bike.
Want a modern cubby makeover in your own home? You can pin this post and it will be waiting here when you are ready!
Want more modern home decor ideas? Check out my Modern Tween Bedroom Makeover.