Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Toy Chest Transformation

Yesterday I posted this nursery project I completed this summer. My best buy in regards to budget was hands down, this toy chest.

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I came across this lovely piece at a local thrift store and was stopped dead in my tracks. It was exactly what I was looking for! Price wise, it was really reasonable at $30. Solid Wood. PERFECT condition. Even the key was taped to the bottom of the chest. I couldn't believe it. I was all ready to buy it when I saw a sign. "50% off everything in store". The sign was for tomorrow only.


Do I risk it? 

It was a couple hours until closing. What were the chances this would sell by tomorrow?

So with a bit of anxiety I left empty handed. 

The next morning, first thing I headed to the store. I enlisted the help of my dad because this thing was heavy. Besides, I needed him to claim it while I shopped around for more goodies. 

The store was supposed to open at 9am. I got there right at 9 and the doors were already open! I panicked and ran inside leaving my dad behind in the parking lot. 

Thankfully the chest was still there- just waiting for me to arrive.

My dad finally found me and stood guard while I hunted for other deals. He said while I was gone, he got multiple offers on it. One even offered to pay him double the price. No thank you! This baby's mine.
When I took it home, my mom was horrified that I wanted to paint it. I was a bit apprehensive too because it was just in such great condition. But I got over it pretty quickly. 

I bought a quart of paint and primer in one at Home Depot. I'm a little too lazy to prime, wait for it to dry and then paint. This seemed like a reasonable time saver. It worked out just fine.

Home Depot
I didn't even sand the chest first (tsk tsk.. I know). Here it is after one coat of paint and a coat of spray paint. I found the paint brush was creating unsightly brush strokes. I hear it's important to use a high end brush to avoid these strokes. One day when I invest in an expensive brush, I'll let you know how it goes.

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I wasn't too worried about the panels because I had plans for those areas that didn't require good coverage.

I got some foam from a local foam shop for about $17. Fabric was purchased from Fabric.com which was used to cover the foam as well as some foam core for the panels.

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It bothers me that the circles on the panels don't line up with each other... I actually did make an attempt to make them line up. I'm not sure what happened there... Maybe one day I'll fix it.

Side Note: I love that duck pillow. It's amazingly soft! I want one just to snuggle up with it. I found it by chance at Winner's for $20. The baby's going to love drooling all over that thing!

I also love the birdcage fabric (also from Fabric.com, pillow inserts from Ikea).

So to total it all up:

Chest: $15
Foam: $17
Fabric: $8    

Total:   $40

That's pretty amazing if you ask me!


  1. Wow man!
    Seriously had no idea how talented you are!
    I knew you were crafty but this stuff is crazy!
    Love the price!


  2. that looks so awesome! and you would NEVER in a million years notice circles not lining up- seriously it just looks awesome!

    1. Thanks Cassie! I appreciate your words of encouragement! =)

  3. How cute! I love that you could see the potential in it! The colors are perfect. I didn't notice the circles either. I would also love it if you would be willing to share at our party going on now-Monday. Thanks


    1. Thanks so much for stoppin' by and sharing with us!

  4. That is just awesome!!! Please come by to link up Thursday - you have so much to offer!
    Stacey of Embracing Change