Rolling Chalky Finish Dorm Room Caddy

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Rolling Chalky Finish Dorm Room Caddy
Rolling Chalky Finish Dorm Room Caddy
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Dorm rooms are notorious for being cramped, but yours doesn't have to be. Make the most of your space with this Rolling Chalky Finish Dorm Room Caddy. Use this tutorial to create a caddy to store all of those essential dorm room items you need. These instructions are easy enough for beginner crafters to understand, and advanced crafters can customize the paint colors and stencil choices to their own needs. This tutorial is a must for all college students, as well as any DIY-ers in need of clever storage ideas. With this caddy, you can store your items and transfer them from room to room, which is an added bonus we love.

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniquePainting



  • Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Paint
    Fortune (ADC15)
    Treasure (ADC19)

  • Americana Decor® Varnishes
    Ultra-Matte Varnish (ADM04)

  • Americana® Stencils
    Traditional Medallion (8.5" x 11") (ASC05)

  • Water Container

  • Paper Towels

  • 2" Chip Brush

  • 1" Chip Brush

  • Screwdriver

  • Cosmetic Sponge

  • Drop Cloth

  • Rolling Cart (Home Depot)


  1. (NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.) Lay out all wood pieces to be painted onto a drop cloth and remove any dust with a damp paper towel. It is easiest to paint when unassembled.
  2. Paint the large pieces (which will be the front panel, back panel, and top of the cart) with two coats of DecoArt Americana Decor® Chalky Finish in Treasure.

  3. Paint the smaller pieces (the shelves and the side rails) with two coats of Fortune.

  4. Paint the Traditional Medallion stencil across the entire top piece of wood, using Fortune and a cosmetic sponge, to resemble a wallpaper pattern. You will need to reposition the stencil each time, in order to create such a pattern. Use only part of the stenciled design along the edges. Use a light hand: some spots will be lighter than others.

  5. Paint the Traditional Medallion stencil designs all over the front panel in Fortune. In some cases, use only part of a stencil design for added interest.

  6. Seal all of the wood pieces using DecoArt Americana Decor Ultra-Matte Varnish.

  7. Assemble the dorm room caddy according to package instructions.

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