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)
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:
I outlined a rectangle using painter’s tape and spray painted it using Rust-Oleum chalk board spray black paint:
I waited three hours before removing the painter’s tape to ensure a perfect rectangle:
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:
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:
I painted the small wood pieces in white to blend in with the rest of the crates:
I framed the chalkboard rectangle by gluing the pieces of the miniature canvas stand:
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:
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:
I was going to leave the inside of the crates untouched but decided to give them a coat of white paint too:
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:
I then sand it. I loved how it looked, so I decided to sand the entire crate to give it a distress look:
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:
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:
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)
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:
Because 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!
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