I've had my eye on the Cameron Storage System from Pottery Barn for about 2 years now. I love the size of it, the storage it offers, and even the fact that the bottom doubles as a little bench. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the $1500ish price tag.
Amazingly, I came across these plans here on the Ana White web site for how to build the exact same storage system...for only around $350ish! As you can imagine, I [coxed and pleaded and implored my hubby and then...] immediately jumped in!
Initially, I was going to try to have all the MDF cut at one time. I thought that would help me to get the most out of each board. However, after a week of making lists and lists of materials needed and graphs of how each board would be cut (and then realizing I made a mistake and having to start all over), I decided to take it one step at a time. Also, had I tried getting it all cut at one time, I would have to wait while they made 56ish cuts for me at Home Depot.
So, I've started on my first open cubby! I bought enough wood (MDF) to build three cubbies. After reading about other peoples' experiences online, I decided to paint the inside boards before nailing it all together.
Deciding on which white to use was also a task! I definitely didn't want it to be stark white. I ended up going with Magnolia Blossom, which is a creamy white with a hint of yellow (as opposed to hints of brown or gray).
This is the look with which I hope to end up. I'm positive that if I have this storage system with little baskets inside, the children will never leave a toy on the floor and the school/playroom will be perfectly picked up all the time....right?....right?!?