Monday, November 2, 2015

DIY Upholstered Toybox

 
 
When I was designing Tristan's room I was stuck on two things. First, there was an empty space at the bottom of the bed that I wasn't sure what to do with. Second, I needed a place to store his big toys and stuffed animals.

Put these two problems together and you get--a toy box!

I searched online for an affordable one and quickly realized that if I wanted something large it was going to be at least $100. So I came up with plans to make my own!

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It sounds like an extensive list, but  luckily I had a lot of it already, so I spent about $65 total on this project. 

I'll be honest right away and admit that I didn't take nearly enough pictures!  Mainly because it ended up being a learn as you go process, but also because I thought I was going to give up on it at one point.  However we kept tinkering with it and the final product turned out great. 

I had the sheet of particle board cut down at Lowes when I picked it up.  These are the measurments that I used to make a 18" x  36" box:
  • 3 pieces at 18" x 36" (front, back and lid)
  • 1 piece at 16.50" x 36" (bottom)
  • 2 pieces at 16.50" x 17.25" (sides)
We began by attaching the front and back piece to the bottom using wood screws.  We countersunk the screws so that the molding that we were going to use later would sit nice and flush.

 

We then attached the sides.


At this point I went ahead and rolled on one coat of primer and two coats of paint, sanding between coats.  Then it was time to attach the lid.  Buuuuut we ran into a problem.  I originally picked out small hinges, putting one on each side.



However we quickly found out that since the particle board was so heavy, they were ripping right off.  So while I was waiting on a trip back to Lowes for a bigger hinge, I began upholstering the lid.

I purchased some 3" foam at Walmart and cut out the size that I needed from two pieces.  I sprayed the particle board with spracy tacky before laying down the foam.

 
I then went around with my staple gun and attached a layer of quilt batting.  When I got to the ends I tucked them in like I was wrapping a present.
 


I cut the excess off after the first tuck to make it as flat as possible.



I went back around and cut off the excess from the edges.


I followed the same steps with my bed sheet that I was using as the fabric, tucking the edge of the fabric under the batting.



For the new hinge, we purchased a sturdy 30" stainless steel cabinet hinge and it worked great. The hubby just attached the screws right into the batting/fabric. Once I started attaching the molding I was figuring things out as I went, hence the lack of pictures!

I used 1x3 primed MDF for the base and mitered the corners. I was slightly off on my measurements so I freaked out for awhile, but a ton of caulk ended up saving me!  I used polystyrene corner molding for the edges to hide the seams and screws on the sides, and matching polystyrene lattice molding  for the top.
 


The hubby used a jigsaw to cut out a piece to use as a handle and air ventilation for saftey reasons.  This was actually an afterthought after I already had my top molding attached, so we had to rip it off and reattach after the cut.  I added the second row of lattice trim underneath because it looked funny just having it on the sides of the handle.




To hide the staples on the bottom of the lid I went back around and attached more fabric with hot glue.



We also added lid supports for saftey (can be found online here.)



If we had more room in the budget I definitely would have gone with a high quality wood as opposed to particle board, but once it's painted it doesn't look bad and it still serves it's storage purpose!  It's just a little heavy :)
 
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21 comments:

  1. This is such a cute toy box. I love the colors and especially the fabric that you chose for the cushion top.

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    1. Thank you so much Mary K! The flat bedsheet that I wasn't using came in so handy :)

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  2. Oh I love this!!! Great tutorial too! I'd love to have you come over and link your post up to my craft party which starts at 7pm EST. and is new every Thursday! Projects like yours are what my readers love! I also pin every post!

    http://www.diy-crush.com/blog/category/link-party/

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    1. Thank you, I really appreciate it! I'll have to add you to my link pary list ;)

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  3. My kids have a sturdy wooden toy box I bought at a garage sale, but it's beginning to show its age. I could totally follow your instructions to upholster the top!

    Thanks for linking up with The Alder Collective! Your post has been pinned to our group board. We hope you'll join us again next Tuesday at 8 pm EST!

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    1. Thank you Abby I'm glad I could help inspire you! I bet it will turn out fantastic! :)

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  4. My kids have a sturdy wooden toy box I bought at a garage sale, but it's beginning to show its age. I could totally follow your instructions to upholster the top!

    Thanks for linking up with The Alder Collective! Your post has been pinned to our group board. We hope you'll join us again next Tuesday at 8 pm EST!

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  5. Ok, this has seriously inspired me- it would be the perfect Christmas gift for my daughter (we'll be moving the glider into the new baby's room and I've been looking for something to replace it with!). Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to make it!

    I stopped by from Lovely Little Link Party.

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    1. Thank you Jessy that makes me so happy to hear! I'm so glad I could help :)

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  6. Wow, I am so impressed! I love how it turned out, and your tutorial is easy enough, I want to go buy tools and try to make it myself! I love the dino décor as well. I have a 6 month old son, and we just moved into a new house, so I haven't decorated his room yet. Maybe I will go buy those tools and do a dinosaur theme. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing on This is How We Roll linky party!

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm so happy to hear that! It was really simple, if I can do it I know you can :)

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  7. Angela, I absolutely LOVE your project and I am so happy to feature it on the blog this week for Wordless Wednesday Linky.. Come by and grab a button!! Wonderful job!! http://fromevijawithlove.com/2015/11/10/wordless-wednesday-link-party-2-november/ x

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    1. Thank you Evija! And thank you so much for the feature :)

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  8. What a great job you did on the toy box. Love everything about it. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  9. So cute. I love this, and your instructions and photos are so helpful and clear.

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  10. Very cool project. Doesn't look to difficult with your excellent instructions. Thanks.

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  11. What a wonderful idea and something you can have your child help out with. Thanks for sharing this project.

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  12. Wonderful idea!!!! I am looking forward to use this project practically at my Home Decor theme. Thanks.

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I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)

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