I hope you are all enjoying your week! With the cloudy and rainy weather we’ve been having I have been more than content staying indoors keeping myself busy with sewing and diy’ing. Which leads me to my next diy nursery project. Our toy bench.
At first when I started thinking about storage I wanted to have a shelving unit in the nursery. But the shelving units we found were either really poor quality or waaaayyy to expensive. Not to mention that we’d need to secure it to the wall, purchase all the baskets and the toys would still be in sight all the time. Plus the shelving unit can only be used as a shelving unit. Then I remembered as a child the awesome toy bench I had that stored all my trinkets and treasures! Finding a toy bench would solve all my problems… I wouldn’t have to secure it to the wall, I wouldn’t need any fancy baskets, the toys would be hidden out of sight AND it would serve as a great seat for reading as well! And the extra bonus is that once it outgrows it’s use as a nursery toy bench, it’ll be a funky bench/shoe storage for a front entryway. So I started my search for storage benches. I loved this one I found online, but there wasn’t much storage and the $599 price tag had me close to tears
Then a couple months later my hubby and I were out garage saling when I stumbled across this
piece of crap heavily loved bench.
The wicker seats were destroyed, the hinges were broken and it was filthy but it was only $20!!!!! The hamster upstairs started running and I knew with a few coats of paint, a new wooden seat and some fabric I could make this bench into a beauty. Let me rephrase that…. I could convince my hubby to make this bench into a beauty. He agreed and this little bench came home with us. My hubby took it all apart, sanded it down and repainted it white. Next we replaced the two wicker seats with one solid piece of wood. Then with some scrap fabric, cotton batting and a staple gun I reupholstered the wooden seat much like how I made my fabric wrapped canvases. Finally, some shiny new hinges and for under $30 I had my dream toy bench!!
Never underestimate what a few coats of paint and
your hubbies elbow grease can do! I am so happy with how it turned out and I already cannot wait to start filling it with little toys for our soon-to-be son!
A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine. ~ Author Unknown
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