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IKEA bar stools spring makeover
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Crates an easy Toy Storage solution

TOY STORAGE SOLUTION

Toys and Book Crates storage

Good weekend everyone,

I hope you are doing great and enjoying these sunny summer days. The weather was not great at the beginning of the week over here but Friday was beautiful, got a chance to pay a small visit to IKEA, got new lamp shades for my living room, I will share more on that later.

You might remember that back in June I had a chance to guest post over at The DIY Dreamer for Christine readers; crates used as a toy storage solution.

Some of you might have already seen these crates and some of you might have missed them. In case you’re the latter, please let me share them with you today!

This was a very easy DIY project to do but also very meaningful for me as it was for my son.  Over a month later he still loves them and uses them every single day, not to mention they also help my house stay a little bit clean.

Now, here is a list of the materials I used:

Materials needed :

  • 1 small bottle of blue acrylic paint
  • 4 small bottles of white acrylic paint
  • Rust-Oleum chalk board spray black paint
  • 2 crates, I got them from Michael’s arts and crafts store
  • 8 wheels
  • 2 miniature canvas stands, I got them from the dollar store at $2 each (or any wood frame)

Instructions :

I started by applying the acrylic paint with a medium size paint brush directly on the wood, no sanding was necessary for this project because I was working with untreated wood:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 01

I outlined a rectangle using painter’s tape and spray painted it using Rust-Oleum chalk board spray black paint:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 04

I waited three hours before removing the painter’s tape to ensure a perfect rectangle:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 05

I had previously bought mini canvases for future projects, and I felt that the wood from the canvas stands would make the perfect frame for my chalkboard rectangle:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 06

I measured the outline of the chalkboard rectangle and used my miter saw box to cut the pieces as per the measurements to create the frame:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 07

I painted the small wood pieces in white to blend in with the rest of the crates:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 09

I framed the chalkboard rectangle by gluing the pieces of the miniature canvas stand:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 10

Here is the difference of appearance between the two crates, where one has had the frame completed and the other one has only the chalkboard paint. As you can see, the frame adds a layer of texture and charm:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 13

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 14

I decided to add wheels to each crate, so that my son Nate, could move them around at his leisure without damaging the floors. We bought the smallest size available for the wheels, however the spacing of the screw holes were bigger than the wood of the side of the crate. I was only able to put 2 out of 4 screws per wheel:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 15

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 16

I was going to leave the inside of the crates untouched but decided to give them a coat of white paint too:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 17

Not all my ideas turn out the way I envision them, the blue acrylic paint I chose stood out too much against the white, so I decided to soften the blue by
washing out the color with a mix of white acrylic paint and water:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 18

I then sand it. I loved how it looked, so I decided to sand the entire crate to give it a distress look:

DIY tutorial crates as toys and books storage solution 19

This is a picture of Nate, playing with his legos while I was working on these crates. Looking back at this picture taken only over a month ago, I can see how much he has grown in such a short time:

crates storage solution

Voila, these simple crates are now transformed. Since, I made this for my son, he has played with them and moved them from room to room:

Toys and Book Crates 04

These are always in our main living room and they still look great.

(this picture was taken before I removed my brown sectional from the living room)

toys and books storage with crates

See, told you this was an easy and fun project to do, you can get creative with different colors that could work well with your kid’s play room décor. These are now full of legos too and he doesn’t want his books inside of them anymore:

Toys and Book Crates storage

Toys and Book Crates 05Because my blog is also a place where I want to keep some of my family memories: I wanted to mention that Nate recently started saying the word ‘Mario’ for Mario Bros (Nintendo) every day, every hour. ‘Spiderman’ seems to have taken a back seat for now. I might have to rethink his Halloween costume, does anyone know where I can get a Super Mario Bros costume for a 2 year old? We don’t let him play the game all the time, so he cries and begs for it. I would prefer if he would beg me to read him a Dr. Seuss’s story instead.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Linking this week to these fun parties!

Ingrid

 

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  • Krista @thehappyhousie says:

    So cute Ingrid! I love these little bins… I might have to make some little toy storage crates myself… if I ever get around to ‘doing’ the playroom (or I should say “redoing”). Have a fabulous weekend!!

    July 27, 2013 at 1:44 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thanks Krista! yes, you should, they are so cute and functional in any space! My little one knows he has to put his toys back inside the crates after he’s done playing with his legos! 🙂 Wish you a great weekend too 🙂

      July 27, 2013 at 8:17 am
  • Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    Aww how cute! My son used to have a Mario obsession and that’s why he still has a huge Mario mural in his room. Have to change that soon!
    Love your crates! Have a great weekend!

    July 27, 2013 at 3:45 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Julia! 🙂 Mario is a big part of our lives now, I can’t believe he mentions him almost every hour, he’s trying to trick us into us giving him his game & I guess we will have to get him a Mario mural for his room too 😉
      Thanks again Julia, wish you a fun weekend too! 🙂

      July 27, 2013 at 8:20 am
  • HomeforNow says:

    I just bought some of these too! And I happen to be redoing my girls’ playroom! Thanks for the inspiration.

    July 27, 2013 at 10:13 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Glad to hear it Michelle 🙂 it must be nice you redoing your little girl’s playroom, you can choose girly colors for her! 🙂
      thanks again Michelle 🙂

      July 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm
  • kalamitykelli says:

    I told my husband last time I saw these that we need to get some crates and make some of these for rocket! Beautiful job!

    July 27, 2013 at 10:14 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Kelli 🙂 so happy to know you will be making these too! I’m sure he would like them and play with them after you add the wheels 🙂

      July 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm
      • kalamitykelli says:

        Oh he will love the wheels for sure! Congrats on making the newsfeed on Hometalk!

        July 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          🙂 Thank you very much Kelli 🙂 I was surprised when they sent me an e-mail on Friday about this 😉 & I can’t believe the number of views too 🙂 it’s great and fun! Thanks again Kelli for introducing me to HomeTalk 😉 because of you I subscribed to their site! 🙂
          thanks again Kelli 🙂

          July 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    These creates look absolute beautiful Ingrid, you did a great job I love them.
    Nice to know that Nate vocabulary is growing, enjoy this wonderful time 🙂
    Have a good weekend you too 🙂

    July 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Izabel, I am also very happy he loves them and still plays with them too 🙂
      Yes, he’s vocabulary is growing but I have noticed that he only puts an effort to pronounce the words he needs to say for us to understand him! 🙂 he’s a clever little boy! 🙂
      & thanks again for your lovely comment Izabel

      July 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm
  • Vashti Quiroz-Vega says:

    I love this idea Ingrid! The painted crates with wheels are brilliant. I think they would work great to put away my husbands toys in the garage too. Haha! 😉

    July 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      ha!ha! 🙂 this is funny Vashti, you know it’s not a bad idea, maybe I should do the same for my hubby 😉 I think he would like them for his tools as well 🙂 glad you liked these crates Vashti 🙂

      July 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm
  • memyselfandkids.com says:

    They look great. I also like the wheels – convenient.

    July 28, 2013 at 1:29 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Larry! 🙂 & yes the wheels are very convenient; he loves to use them as cars 😉
      wish you a beautiful weekend too!

      July 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm
      • memyselfandkids.com says:

        Double usage is a good thing.
        We had a nice weekend. Thanks.

        July 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm
        • now at home mom says:

          glad to hear you had a good weekend Larry 🙂 just wanted to let you know that when I wished you a great weekend a couple of hours earlier, I thought we were Saturday afternoon and then hubby told me we were already Sunday … 😉

          July 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm
          • memyselfandkids.com says:

            You are losing it!

            July 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm
          • now at home mom says:

            ha!ha! Yes, you are right, I believe so, I’m exhausted 🙂

            July 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm
  • motherhoodisanart says:

    I guess I could go google the words jouets and livres but I’ll let you tell me. I did take French in high school but for the life of me I can’t remember these words. Your crates really do look great! We have a small toy box in our living room for my youngest son’s toys but I think we are soon going to put a end to that and move everything to the basement toy room or to his room. We just moved him and Bency into a room together this week….my youngest is turning into a big boy before my eyes!

    July 28, 2013 at 8:16 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Yes, of course Melissa; JOUETS is Toys and LIVRES is Books 😉
      Brothers in the same room, I’m sure they will like it very much, I remember growing up my brothers used to share a bedroom, I am the oldest sister and had my own room but I could always hear them fight and laugh in their room 🙂 & yes, when I see Nate, I can’t believe he is already 2 years old too and looking older too! I can imagine yours now too, Cesar is too cute 🙂

      July 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  • Ronit Fried says:

    So pretty. You could give Pottery Barn a run for their money!

    July 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! thank you very much Ronit 🙂 I am very happy to read your comment! 🙂 I love Pottery Barn very much, so this is a very nice comment! 🙂
      thanks again for stopping by!

      July 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm
  • Gail says:

    These are cute and functional. Like that they have wheels.

    July 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm
  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    I love these, Ingrid! Not only are they functional, but they have such a whimsical look to them, too! I love all the details you added…the wheels for mobility…the frame around the chalkboard label…the wash over the blue boards. Really top-notch project! (Can we expect any less from you?) This is a great IKEA hack, friend. 😉

    July 29, 2013 at 12:04 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Lauren 🙂 it was a fun project to work on and I’m very happy my little one really loves it too and when the toys are stored away in the evening I don’t have to see them every where in the living room ha!ha! 🙂 thanks again Lauren 🙂

      July 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm
  • gotasté says:

    I saw them in your previous posts and they are so well done! Thank you for sharing the “recipe” 🙂

    July 29, 2013 at 1:36 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Danny, yes, I’m glad you remembered about this about this project and that you liked it too! 🙂

      July 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm
  • The French Hens Nest says:

    All great ideas. Great tutorial!

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

    July 29, 2013 at 9:02 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Linda and thanks for visiting too! hope to see you back soon! 🙂

      July 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm
  • Rexlin Victor says:

    Great job!!! I like them very much!!!

    July 29, 2013 at 11:55 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you very much Rexlin, happy to hear you like these very much!

      July 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  • ourlifeinaction says:

    aww – this is adorable. I love it. I have to do some major sorting to get rid of some of my little man’s toys; he has a TON!

    July 29, 2013 at 4:53 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Gabriella! 🙂 oh! yeah, I love sorting his toys because I get to get rid of them (too much clutter in our living room and basement) 😉

      July 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm
  • gentlestitches says:

    My son has always enjoyed “cos play” which is what the big kids call dressing up as their favorite characters. He is going somewhere as “Luffy the pirate” soon. All these character outfits can be found quite cheap on ebay but we usually go to the thrift shop and buy clothes and then cut them down with scissors. Mario is powder blue overalls with big gold buttons and a red shirt. We look in womens and girls as well as boys and men. The gold buttons could be circles of gold painted cardboard with little holes for the cotton. Sounds like fun.

    July 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Sharon for these ideas; I love them! 🙂 I love the idea of blue overalls with big gold buttons and yes a red shirt! I should have all these already! 😉 I’m can’t wait to see what will he want to be 😉 thanks again Sharon!

      July 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm
  • Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    This is a fabulous idea and I love how your painted them. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    July 30, 2013 at 10:03 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you very much Marty 🙂 and I also appreciate the visit too! 🙂

      July 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Time With Thea says:

    I love how you took us through how to make the crates but also your thinking process when you worked on the project. The sanding created a really nice distressed technique. I also like how you created the built-in label. I have to admit I like the framed version better. This project is so versatile because as Nate grows older you can re-purpose the crates for other uses. Brilliant and of course I pinned it. ~Thea

    July 30, 2013 at 10:09 am
    • now at home mom says:

      thank you so much Thea! 🙂 really happy you liked these crates and that you prefer it framed, so do I; that’s why I decided to add it and it looks much better too 🙂 & thanks again Thea for pinnin it! 🙂 I appreciated it!

      July 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm
  • rita0830 says:

    Awesome idea, love the look of these crates. If you get a chance, please link up to my link party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/sunday-linky-18.html

    July 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm
  • ohlidia says:

    Although I’ve seen them before, you just reminded me what great storage solutions these pretty crates can be.

    July 31, 2013 at 8:16 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 thank you very much Lidia! yes, I love crates very much; they are great for storage and pretty too! 🙂 thanks again Lidia!

      July 31, 2013 at 11:19 am
  • D@TheShadyPorch says:

    This is such a cute and handy project! I can see using this for all kinds of organization needs…I first think of all the puppy toys laying around the house right now! I can also picture it in the mud room for sports equipment too! Thanks for sharing, D@TheShadyPorch

    July 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much D 🙂 oh! yes, I will be keeping these when he won’t need them anymore for storage! 🙂 thanks for the visit too!

      July 31, 2013 at 8:47 pm
  • Alannah says:

    I was thinking of getting some huge chests for my new clients family room (they have two kids), I might have to do something similar to your toy storage now! Thanks, Alannah.

    August 1, 2013 at 4:38 am
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 very happy you liked this idea for storage Alanna! these are very easy to keep in any room or space and can be easily tucked away in case you have visitors too! & thank you so much for the visit as well! 🙂

      August 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm
  • Mrs. Sarah Coller says:

    These are adorable—great job! I’d love for you to link up at my Homemaking Party. Have a great week!

    August 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much for the invite to your party Sarah, just linked up and very happy you liked the crates as a storage too! 🙂

      August 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm
  • Noreen says:

    That’s a nice way to use the crates, and I like the wheels on them, too.

    August 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Noreen, I’m glad I added the wheels too because he loves playing with them and he uses the crates as cars 🙂

      August 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm
  • Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

    Those crates are so cute! I love that you added the casters, too! Makes them so easy to move around! Great job!

    August 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Allison, I’m really happy you liked the crates and I appreciate your visit as well! 🙂 Thanks again!

      August 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm
  • Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch says:

    What a fun project idea, Ingrid!! I would love for you to link up to my Tasty Thursdays party going on right now. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/07/tasty-thursdays-52.html

    Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

    August 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Nichi for the invite, just linked up and visited your blog too! 🙂 Thanks again!

      August 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm
  • Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse says:

    Ingrid, this is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    August 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      🙂 Thank you so much Kathryn for featuring my crates! YAY! I’m really happy about this 🙂 & Yes, absolutely, I will be there tomorrow thanks again, hope you are having a great Sunday!

      August 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm
  • Seasonsgirl says:

    Love this idea again… you are so creative 🙂

    August 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much 🙂 glad you visited!

      August 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm
  • Home Coming says:

    Such a great storage idea! I don’t even have kids and might need to do this myself. I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-my-new-rug.html

    August 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much for the invite and for the visit too! just linked up, thanks again! 🙂

      August 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm
  • Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch says:

    Ingrid, Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. I love this project. This post will be FEATURED this week. The party goes live tonight. Thanks, Nichi http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/

    August 7, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Nichi for featuring my Toy Crates this week, very happy about it! 🙂 & thank you so much for letting me know, I will make sure to link up too! 🙂

      August 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

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