My husband and I had an old cabinet that was going to go into the trash and had just set it aside. One of our kids asked for a toybox around the same time, and the brilliant idea to maybe use the cabinet to make a toybox suddenly popped into my head. I thought it would be really cool if we could just reuse the cabinet and make it into a spiffy toybox for the kids.
The initial idea was to sand and paint the whole thing and then use the cabinet doors for the toybox lid. It wouldn’t be a traditional toybox, as there would be two doors instead of single lid, but we thought it could still work and be really cool for the kids.
Making Space and Time
We knew this was going to be a big project, and we didn’t want to leave a big mess in the house for a long time. We don’t have any work area, like a garage or basement where we can leave tools out and work supplies over a period of days, so we had to crunch all of our project time into the space of a day or two to minimize the mess and the safety hazard.
We hired Apartment Cleaning Los Angeles to give ourselves enough time to make this. They took care of our regular chores while we had more time to focus on this lovely craft.
We got the kids involved as well and worked in my office to make sure we were using a space the kids would not naturally be spending time in. That meant we had to hurry this along so that I could get back to work on what earns money.
We had our space and we had the time to do the project at that point.
Prepping the Cabinet
Next, it was time to prepare the cabinet for painting, so we sanded the entire thing down lightly. We didn’t want to damage the wood, just smooth out the rough parts and make sure the paint would stick to it for a long time.
After the light sanding, we painted the cabinet in a bright blue for the base and bright red for the lid (doors). These were the kids color choices. They like the bright primary colors, and that worked pretty well for the color scheme of their room already.
Finalizing the Project
Besides the painting, we also wanted to make sure the cabinet would be secure enough for a toy box. It was meant to be stuffed with tons of toys, so it had to hold some weight.
This meant reinforcing the edges with some strips of plywood. We painted these as well, in white, giving the whole toybox a beautiful border.
We also tightened the screws and secured all the nails to ensure that this toybox could take some abuse. We figured it would be used a lot more roughly than in the life it enjoyed as a cabinet. The completed project took about eleven hours of labor, and we were thrilled with the results.