One of the projects we have on at the moment is decorating the nursery for our baby girl who’s on the way. I just loved doing this last time around, and am having so much fun with the design for this one too. I’m seriously in full-on nesting mode, and my to-do list may be getting a little out of hand according to my husband!
Anyway… one of our priorities is to create plenty of storage space for all the baby equipment and toys that are about to overwhelm us yet again! We’re trying to stick to a budget, so a lot of the work has involved re-purposing old furniture and DIY projects.
I wanted to share this really easy and inexpensive storage solution, which was inspired by the abundance of great ideas that you can find online these days involving simple wooden crates.
How to make your own DIY toy storage crate
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Basic wooden storage crate
- Spray paint
- Swivel casters
- Wood screws
- Stencil (optional)
Prep the crate by giving it a good sand down to remove any splinters and rough spots. Wipe down with a damp cloth.
We purchased our crate at Home Depot (see here) but they are widely available at most home improvement and craft stores.
Coat the entire crate with spray paint. We used a paint and primer in one, and it really only required a single coat.
The paint color we used for this project is called ‘Passion Pink’ by Valspar, which is just perfect for our bright, tropical nursery theme!
If you’d like, you can then add a stencil design to make your crate look even more unique. Wait until the base coat is fully dry, then position your stencil in the desired position and fix in place using painter’s tape. Try to lay the stencil as flat as possible to avoid paint bleed. I found that again, spray paint worked perfectly well for this.
Affix casters to the bottom of the crate using short wood screws. I used basic 11/2 inch swivel casters from Home Depot, which I spray painted gold (because a girl can never have too much gold in my opinion!).
And voila, you have a finished product… So simple and so cute!
Well that’s one item checked off our to-do list… only a hundred or so more to go!
Have you come up with any creative ways to tackle the toy clutter in your own home? Share your ideas below!