Friday, 27 July 2012

From Toy Chest to Cupboard

 Hey guys,

If you have been following me from the very first post, you know that I gave this toy chest a new paint job from dirty cream to a beachy stripe.

Well, the chest has not actually been working for me anymore, in fact it was just taking up space in our little house and it was storing junk...I was reluctant to get rid of it as it was my toy chest as a child, handmade by my grandfather.


Time for a change...... I decided that it could be converted to a cupboard as it fitted perfectly next to my bed. Sean built a little base for it and added a shelf and door latch inside. He also sanded the whole thing down for me.

My little helpers jumped at the chance of painting the base coat and in turn were covered in paint! Hmm... anyway they had fun together. 
The top coat is a very bright turquoise.

I bought a seriously cool wooden heart shape from Spotlight a while ago, because my bedroom will have a heart theme when I eventually get around to making it over. 
I painted one side of the heart white, and gently pressed that side down onto the lid. It was really uneven in places but I was actually pleased with the effect.

A few days later - I applied a dark wood stain to the whole cupboard. I wiped the stain on with a soft cloth and wiped it off immediately. After another 24 hours I polished the surface twice and buffed to give it a smooth finish..



I love how cute it is and the extra storage is really great 
  
Now I need a lamp and something special to display on the top...I'm still thinking about that....


Thanks for stopping by everyone, have a safe and happy weekend

xxx

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16 comments:

  1. Nat that is a wonderful piece! I love that your Grandpa made it for you and then your kids helped with the prime. (Cute pic by the way!) That is a true heirloom and you have made it even more beautiful with that heart and lovely blue color! How nice that you can still use it and love it!

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    1. Thanks Danni - I have to admit I'm quite proud of this little makeover. I love the colour - adding the stain really worked. I love it every time I see it xxx

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  2. Very nice job! Stopping by to thank you for linking to the Bloglovin' Blog Hop!

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  3. Now that is a fabulous idea! I'll be on the lookout for one now.

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    1. I wish I had thought of it years ago Jeanne xx

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  4. What a great idea, and it turned out so nice! I love the pic of your kids helping! I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

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  5. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the party.

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  6. So beautiful! I have never thought to makeover something that was given to me so that it worked for me. I usually just hide it in the garage :) But you're lucky yours was pretty from the beginning! I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party! Hope to see you there! Thanks for sharing :) http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-4/

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    1. Thanks Britni - I will link up next week xxx

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  7. Way to think outside the toy box!!! Super cute! :)

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    1. Thanks Kammy - you had me chuckling to myself xx Nat

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