The continuing tale of the toy box

The toy box is continuing to take shape thanks to another afternoon nap. The front panel is done with the detail added and I have now painted one of the side panels too with a little robot. I just have to decide what is going to go onto the other panel and then it will be all ready for varnish. Fingers crossed the little one will let me get the last panel done in the next couple of days so I can varnish at the weekend. You’ve got to admit that it looks quite different to when we bought it! Keep an eye out for further updates.

Progress report

As promised I have a picture of progress on the toy box. I have painted the first of the panels since yesterday (although it will need another coat and still has detail to be added). It’s a slow job, speeded up enormously thanks to Hubby being home today to help with the little one, but at least progress is being made now.


The toy box so far


The little one has been good this week and has been taking sustained afternoon naps which allows me to get stuff done. My number one priority was the toy box, it’s been sitting in the garage gathering dust since we bought it, waiting for me to strip the black paint off it to give it a new lease on life. Yesterday I did just that.

The toy box to be

The toy box to be

I bought some paint stripping goo (it really was quite goo like!), slapped it on and scrapped away to get the worst of the paint off. It worked like a charm although after watching it in action I was very careful not to get it on my hands! With the paint off I gave it a bit of a rub down and it was ready for its new colours.

Next I slapped on a coat of water based undercoat and it was ready for the real painting. I’m painting the panels and framing cream and the main body blue. My intention is to mark off a space themed design on each of the panels and then using a stencilling technique leave the detail in the cream and the rest paint blue (I hope that makes sense!). My job for tonight is to try and come up with a design.

I don’t have a photo at the moment (maybe tomorrow) but trust me when I say it is looking better already and I have a great sense of satisfaction for starting to give the tired old blanket box a new lease on life.

A New Project

The toy box to be

The toy box to be

I’m excited. I have a new project and new projects always excite me! Finding the time to actually complete the project may be tricky but the idea and the will is there so I am sure we will manage somehow.

My inspiration

My inspiration

The project is a toy box for the little one. For someone who is only seven weeks old he has a pretty impressive amount of toys already, we figured that unless we provide a place for them to live they will end up populating the floor (which will become a major problem when he gets into Lego and starts leaving those evil ‘one’ blocks lying about…anyone who has ever trodden on one of those will understand where I am coming from!). Five minutes on Trade Me (the New Zealand version of EBay) led to a blanket box being purchased and the toy box project was conceived.

Maybe I'll paint a robot like this

Maybe I’ll paint a robot like this

The plan is to paint it up a nice colour and decorate it with space themed pictures (I’m not sure why space, it just seemed the thing to do). I have spent the afternoon on the Internet, pinned some pictures to Pinterest and am ready to go. I love to jazz up old items and give them a new purpose in life, it is much more fun than going out and buying the item ready made, not to mention cheaper. Generally speaking you can pick up good quality items that were built to last (something a lot of today’s products are not). This way we can get something that has been personalised for the little one and prevented a perfectly good blanket box from going to the dump. Mummy also gets to have fun completing the project and Daddy gets to play with the electric sander, it’s a win all round situation!

Somehow I now need to find the time to sand, prime, paint and varnish the box…this is the tricky bit. Obviously at only seven weeks old the little one is rather demanding time wise, I’m hoping that with hubby’s help we will manage to complete the project before he’s old enough to actually use it. I think this one will be a case of watch this space.