As we grow older we accumulate things, things that we love or need at a daily basis! Jasmine is a collector of EVERYTHING colorful and fun to play with. Well, what can I tell you the house is overflowing with toys and we can’t start taking stuff to Goodwill because little baby brother is still using most of them.
Something had to be done, and a toy chest seemed to be just the right thing to make her. She has a low window in her room, a toy chest with seating is going to be functional and practical since she will be able to use it for seating and storage for a long time to come!
Here we go…
What you need for the base:
- One 1’x8′ pine board, cut two 30″ inch pieces and use the remaining boards for your sides and to secure your corners.
- You also need one 29×14″ board with a thickness of 1/2″ inch, this is for the bottom.
- To secure the corners I cut four 1.5×12″ inch boards from my side boards.
- Furniture screws and a driller are required to continue!
Step 1. Attach two 1.5×12″ boards to your 30″ inch board(s), with a 1/2″ gap to the edge. This is to secure your boards.
Step 2. I used furniture screws on the outside, but made sure all the holes were pre-drilled in order to avoid cracking.
Step 3. Once the base was assembled, I attached the bottom board to the base. (the board can be secured with gorrilla glue for a longer lasting hold)
Step 4. To assemble the four legs I used the screws that came in the package.
Step 5. I placed the metal plate at each corner and marked where my screws would go. The center had to be drilled a little to make the legs fit better.
Step 6. After I attached the metal plate, I then screwed the leg knobs on.
With all legs on, we can now start sanding down any rough edges, and remove splinters or fill in cracks with woodfiller.
Instructions for the top:
You need >>>
- One 2×6 Pine board cut in two 30″ inch pieces and two 2×14″ inch pieces.
- Two 1×14″ inch boards for support
- More furniture screws
Step 1. Assemble just like the image above with Gorilla glue and screws.
Step 2. Add webbing to the top and secure with staples. (make sure your support board is on the bottom)
Step 3. Apply batting to your top, and secure everything with staples.
Step 4. I used an old cover that we didn’t need anymore, by folding and cutting it, I accomplished the feel and look I wanted.
Step 5. My next step was to lay out the fabric that was going on top. Jasmine chose a very comfortable and soft pink (good choice)
Step 6. Using an upholstery tack strip made this job so much easier.
…next step, adding nailhead trim!
Step 7. I decided to use nailhead trim on her chest top so the cushion won’t move during the time she is using the chest. This is not necessary if you are going to use foam.
Step 8. Adding a dust cover was important to me, because I like to cover up all the staples that are still visible.
Time to give her toy chest a coat of paint!
Someone likes the new “treasure chest” as she called it, when I first showed it to her.
I applied 3 coats of Ultra Pure White Satin Enamel Interior Paint to the outside of the base, and let it dry for 24 hours!
After a couple of days I finally decided on what to add to the chest, I had thought about to let her paint it – in any way she would have liked, or to add our handprints to it, but my finalist was a floral design with a ribbon and her name on it.
With the design printed on two 8.5×11 paper, I had to find a way to transfer the design onto the chest… thinking, thinking …still thinking. Newspaper!!!! Yep, newspaper it was. Remember that every time you read a newspaper your hands get a little dirty or chalky like!
I was perfect, it worked like a charm. I added a piece of newspaper (use a piece that has lots of dark ink on it) underneath my design and taped it to my chest.
Call it a light-bulb moment!
Trace the design…
Then give it some color…
Seal it with a clear spray, and let it dry!
Attach the hinges, and you’re DONE!
You can also download the design right here and customize it with your own name.