Additional storage for toys is often needed especially in common areas of the house like the living room or family room. In about an hour, you can make your own toy storage solution that matches your home décor and can be moved easily by your kids. We ended up using one of these for toys and the second one for shoes by the front door.
Time: One Hour (excluding dry time)
- 2 Unfinished wooden crates
- Electric sander
- 120, 150, and 180 grit sandpaper
- Bristle paint brush
- 8 oz. Wood stain
- Clean rag
- Clear glaze for wood
- 4 small swivel casters
- 32 flat head Philips wood screws #10 x .5in
Unfinished wooden crates can be purchase at your local hardware or craft store. First, sand each crate with an electric sander with the grain. Start with 120 grit and move gradually to 180 grit. Be sure to sand both inside and outside of the crate. Sand hard to reach slits and handles by hand.
Next, remove any debris and sanding dust and apply one coat of wood stain liberally with a bristle paint brush. Allow it to penetrate for 2-3 minutes and then wipe off the excess stain with a rag in the direction of the wood grain. If desired, polyurethane can be applied one hour after stain application. Allow the wood to dry completely.
Note: Be sure to work in a well ventilated area.
Once the wood is dry, apply a clear glaze to protect the wood. If using a spray wood glaze, apply a full wet coat, and then wait 2-3 minutes in between the second and third coats.
Lastly, attach the casters with a drill on the bottom of each crate. Casters should have a swivel top plate. This will allow the crate to move easily.
By changing the color stain, you can create toy storage to match the décor for each room.
This article originally appeared on Angie’s List.
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