Storage Cube Gets New Life as an Industrial Toy Box

About a week and a half ago, I posted about this sweet little storage cube makeover:

eulalie's sky miss mustard seed 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!

red toy box with navy stripe

red industrial toy box

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).

pottery barn tristan cube makeover

This little industrial toy box had quite a bit of work done to it!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I hand-painted the navy stripe, using green Frog Tape to create nice straight lines with no bleeding.
  4. 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.
  5. I gave the entire cube a couple of coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat. I really like the matte finish it gives!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

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By | 2017-07-16T17:52:53+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|DIY Projects, Furniture, Kids Bedroom, Organization, Paint|22 Comments


  1. Wendy Ryan July 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Love this! Soooo cute for a boys room. If only I were in CO I would snatch this up!

    • mwelsh July 6, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Thanks Wendy!

  2. vrmm26 July 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Great transformation! I need multiple of such boxes!! Visiting from Vintage Charm party.

    • mwelsh July 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks! I love how different it looks from where it started.

  3. acraftymix July 8, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Oooooo I love the colors you used. Such a great and fun look for a toy box and now it can be loved all over again. They both look beautiful

    • mwelsh July 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks! I love the red color, too. When we mixed up the milk paint, it looked bright pink, and I wasn’t sure how it would end up. Luckily it dried as a beautiful shade of red (no pink at all). 🙂

  4. Carol ("Mimi") July 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Cute makeover! It’s perfect for a boy’s room. Thank you for linking up at The Blogger’s Pit Stop. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

    • mwelsh July 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Mimi!

  5. Helen at the Pleasures of the NW July 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing your ideas at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    • mwelsh July 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks Helen!

  6. July 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Super cute makeover! Thanks again for sharing these with us on The Creative Circle Link Party!

    • mwelsh July 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks Iris!

  7. Lori Leeper July 9, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    really cute! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! 🙂

    • mwelsh July 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks Lori!

  8. Angie ~ ambientwares July 9, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I love how this turned out! For some reason I’m obsessed with putting casters on everything 😀 Thank you for sharing this with us at Funtastic Friday! Pinned & sharing

    • mwelsh July 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I love castors, too! So easy to install, and they add an instant “industrial” look.

  9. Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home July 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Love adding the wheels and the bright pop of color! I’ve repurposed a baby’s room storage cube and still use it as a rolling ottoman! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    • mwelsh July 22, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Thanks Kathleen! What a great idea to repurpose your storage cube as an ottoman!

  10. Jann Olson July 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Such a fun and useful idea! I love numbers added to anything. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • mwelsh July 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Jann! The numbers give it a fun touch!

  11. Cindy July 16, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    So cute and useful! Thanks for also sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    • mwelsh July 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Cindy!

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