I love this project! I’m going to show you how I made this adorable toy box out of 10 cabinet doors from the ReStore.
Don’t you love it? would you think it was cabinet doors?
These are the doors I used. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve actually purchased. Just looking at the picture makes me want to go buy more.
I used my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes to attach the sides together. You can see a “br” and and “bl” on the edges. That’s for back right and back left. These particular doors have a couple of flat edges and a couple of beveled edges. I ripped the beveled edges off using my table saw.
Clamps make it easier when I work alone.
This is the box all put together, with the lid just setting on it to make sure it all works.
I used some 3M Spackling (with primer) to fill all the holes, then I gave everything a light sanding.
I recently received this new HomeRight Finish Max . Doesn’t it look so pretty and new? The toy box has been given a coat of DIY chalk paint as primer. I actually mixed some Plaster of Paris into some latex primer. It turned thick and goopy immediately. It’s the only time I’ve had that happen, so NOTE to self—don’t use primer as DIY chalk paint.
I readied the paint booth. I have a piece of plastic hanging on a wall, draped over the floor. I use some 1×2’s around all sides to keep the plastic from flying around, and then I actually put my pieces on a pallet.
When done, I fold up the plastic, and lean the pallet against the wall.
I strain all paint that has already been opened and used.
I use a ladle and find that if I dip the ladle into my bucket of water first, that less paint actually sticks to the ladle. After adding the paint, I add a little water to dilute the paint.
I had asked Jamie what color she thought I should paint it, and she said white. As soon as I imagined it white, I knew immediately that it would look super as faux ABC blocks.
and… I’m ready!
It was really hot and humid, so I brought the toy box indoors for a few days so it could cure properly.
To give the look of the faux abc blocks, I knew I needed to get a nice border on each of the doors. I used some Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape.
To get the bright primary colors, I used DecoArt Americana Paints in Calico Red, Cadmium Yellow, True Blue, and Holly Green. I used 4 sponge applicator brushes, one for each color.
To insure a crisp line, I put a quick coat of the white around all the borders. After the white was dry, I got busy with the colors. I gave two light coats to each one.
I made some alphabet stencils using some contact paper and my Silhouette Portrait.
Aren’t the dabbed letters cool looking?
After I got all the details painted onto the toy box, I gave it a coat of Polycrylic for durability.
To make a cushion, I picked up this men’s shirt at my local Goodwill store for $3.00.
The piano hinge I bought was too long, so I cut it with my jig saw.
I attached the piano hinge and a slow closure hinge.
I wish I had a place to stage it with some cute little kiddos, but I don’t, so here it is in the staging area for MRL.
It’s hard to say which of the colors I like best… I’m leaning towards the blue or the green I think.
I made a box cushion (not my best sewing job) for the top. (Thanks to a good friend that helps me make these decisions.)
Originally I was going to make these little cushions. I made one, and wondered if the box cushion would do better. After a text to my friends, the unanimous decision was the box cushion instead.
I even painted the back of the toy box.
What do you think? Do you think it was a good use of 10 $1.00 cabinet doors?
have you seen my other toy box made from a crib?
Which do you like better?
Edited to add:
I’ve made another project using these $1 cabinet doors… it’s that sweet little gray DIY easy planter with begonias.
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