About a week and a half ago, I posted about this sweet little storage cube makeover:
Well, I had two storage cubes, and I’ve just finished upcycling the second one. Allow me to introduce you to its brother…the industrial toy box!
Both of these cubes were so much fun to makeover! I had two totally different visions for what they could become, so having two of them was a dream come true. These poor storage cubes have been in our garage for years, and even traveled with us from California to Colorado. They are Pottery Barn Tristan storage cubes, so the quality is excellent, but they had been very well loved, and had all the scratches and dings to prove it. They just needed a new purpose, and a facelift. Here is a picture of what the storage cube looked like before I started its makeover (I had already removed the chunky feet these cubes came with by this point).
This little industrial toy box had quite a bit of work done to it!
- The lid on our second cube wasn’t working right, and wouldn’t close all the way even after I tried to repair it, so I removed it! The lid is going to get another purpose one of these days, too. I’ve already got a plan for it! I removed all of the hardware and hinges from the lid, and filled in the holes.
- I painted it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle. I especially like using milk paint for furniture in kids rooms because it is non-toxic.
- I hand-painted the navy stripe, using green Frog Tape to create nice straight lines with no bleeding.
- For the numbers, I chose an industrial-looking font (Google’s Black Ops), and printed the numbers out on a piece of regular white paper. Then, I used my wonderful Saral Transfer Paper to transfer the numbers onto the cube. With a steady hand and a small brush, I painted the outlines of the numbers in with my navy paint.
- I gave the entire cube a couple of coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat. I really like the matte finish it gives!
- I spray-painted four 90-degree metal brackets using Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and installed the brackets over the previous cut-outs from the lid’s hinges. They did a great job of concealing the old location of the hinges, while adding a fun industrial touch.
- I added four small, rubber swivel castors to the bottom that I purchased at Lowe’s.
And that’s how this little guy became the cute industrial toy box he is today. I think this will look so great in some little boy’s room, and will be so easy for putting away toys quickly. I wish I had this when my son was young!
See this and other great DIY posts at the following link parties:
- Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
- The Pin Junkie
- Finding Silver Pennies
- Nifty Thrifty Things
- Coastal Charm
- Create With Joy