I love doing little projects around the house to tweak something and recreate it so it fits my space. It can be as quick as a coat of spray paint on a vase or as involved as hanging a wall of molding in a room.
Over the past week or two, I slowly redid a kids toy shelf that I found online. It was a great find for $50 given it’s a really solid wood piece. I’d bet it was $200-300 new.
Here’s what it looked like to start: (with the exception that it comes with 6 wood baskets and only two are showing in the picture).
Here are all 6 of the baskets before I touched them. It was fun bright colors, but I wanted them to look cohesive and match my vision for the play room.
I envisioned white piece with navy baskets to tie into our playroom space.
So I bought some lime green spray paint (Rustoleum Glossy Key Lime) to paint a few coats on the interiors of the baskets. I thought the lime would add a fun, unexpected pop of color when they’re pulled out. (FYI – I only needed two cans of spray paint to do two good coats on the interiors of all 6.)
While I let those dry for a few days, I painted the outside piece to take it from the light wood finish to a crisp white paint. I just used some leftover molding paint we had in our garage.
Then it was time to paint the outsides of the boxes. I found a navy color I liked at Lowes and had a small can mixed (Indigo Batik by Sherwin Williams). It needed two to three good coats to cover all the bright color from before. I just used a small foam roller and it didn’t take long to do it – maybe 45 mins.
I’m always overly cautious when letting paint dry because it always seems to take longer than expected to get a nice hard cure. So I left them in the garage for about a week.
Then we finally brought them upstairs to their new home in the playroom:
We’ve started filling it with books, blocks, train tracks and other fun boy toys!