It all started with a thrift store toy chest. It has been waiting and waiting in the barn for many months… waiting patiently for its transformation.

It just needed a good cleaning and a face-lift…no anesthesia required!

If mixing colors….write down what you mixed so if you run out, you aren't playing a guessing game.

I had exactly enough with that mixture to paint 2 coats with a little extra.

I have so gotten my money's worth from it!

I traced with a water color pencil in a charcoal color. Try to match as close to the paint color as possible. Don't worry about being so perfect with the grain motif. All ready to paint with a black craft paint.

I usually vacuum it off and wipe over with dry microfiber cloth.

I can so see this toy chest in a family room.

A little more sophisticated to blend with your decor. Looking forward to joining you all in the next round!

You, your overhead and paint.. crazy good!

I can’t make this stuff up, funny mom/kid conversation.

I can even envision it at the foot of a bed. Love the graphic and the color that you chose. What we really need is somewhere to store everything. Predrill and countersink your screw holes properly.

You will need to also use matching hardwood trim boards. Not shown is the footer moulding, instead shown is a board. Moulding will add detail and soften the footer edge. Then fasten the front and back to both the bottom and the sides. In the same manner as the sides, fasten the front and back footer to the box and the side footers. Notice that the dimensions for the cutout is slightly different than the side cutouts. The top trim will be flush to the inside. Use glue and 2″ nails or screws to fasten to the top. Measure and cut, mitering your ends, the cove moulding, to both soften and strengthen the top of the toy chest. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to fasten to the top. Careful about your nails poking through to the insides of the box. Wheels can be directly attached to the bottom of the toy chest. They would be great to go at the bottom of a bed!

Both work outstanding when trying to avoid mashing little one's fingers. The thought of more toys to fight my kids to pick up makes me crazy. My son is starting to get older and so his toys are getting smaller.


Rustic Wood Chest Toybox

The open bins at a comfortable standing height also make it easier to dig through and play with. That was the starting point for the build plans for this toy storage unit.

We also had bins of action figures, cars, and assorted super hero paraphernalia and weaponry. He loves that the bins can be rolled around to where he is playing.

I love that he can easily throw the toys back in the rolling bins and when they are pushed under the storage unit everything looks so neat and clean. Our rustic toy storage unit is also the perfect organization console to grow with my son. It will hold all his toys now, but as he grows, we can use these bins to hold whatever he decides to entertain himself with. The storage console is not juvenile looking, heck it doesn’t even look like a toy storage unit. The top shelf on the console can hold his creations, as well as a lamp and alarm clock. My son is super happy with his new toy storage console. A bit of wood glue, then you just stick them in there. Legos on, but a larger top that opened up would be even better. Check online for the price of wood in your area to get a good estimate.

I love the rustic/farmhouse look of it and that it’s so functional for storing all those kids toys that seem to take over!

Or, if you're not wanting to store toys in it, feel free to use it for whatever. My father-in-law said it looked like it would be a good ammo box. For this project, we chose pine tongue-and-groove paneling for the structure, along with a small amount of plywood, and some 2x2's. Once we figured the size out, it was on to the hardware store!

Lowe's is the closest to us, and they have a great selection, so we chose this location for our material needs.


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You won't use all of this, so you'll have extra to do other projects with. Definitely go to the store and find a color you love!

These, are little pneumatic actuators that help lift the lid, and keep it from slamming shut. These aren't necessary, but will kelp keep little ones from hurting their fingers. You're going to want to glue the pieces of tongue and groove together.

I put a long piece on top and bottom, and shorter pieces on the ends to clamp it all together.

You could use bar clamps, or other long wood clamps, however without the compression on top and bottom, the panels wouldn't glue flat. You're going to want to cut that last piece of tongue and groove into thirds. Then glue those together, and clamp, and wait for them to dry just as you did with the 12' sections. Once these are dry, you should have a 12' section glued together, as well as a two and a half foot section glued together.

I did these 2 steps at the same time since both required waiting for the chemicals to dry.

The length of the sides will be determined by the size of the chest you'd like to build. After your 2 sides are cut down, you'll want to cut 4 pieces of 2x2 to the appropriate height for your chest. Add wood glue, clamp into place, and use the 1-3/4" drywall screws through the 2x material into the finished paneling.

You should have 3 pieces that are now 36" wide. Once you have all the pieces cut, you should run the tongue side through the saw (or use your circular saw if you don't have a table saw) and cut the tongue off. Attach the front and back to the sides using the same glue, clamp, screw method as before.

Remember don't sink the screws too deep, or you'll see the screw tip poking through your nice finished chest. Once the sides are attached, you'll need to cut your bottom out of the 1/2" plywood. Once it's all assembled, you can measure the interior dimensions and cut the plywood to the exact dimensions needed. Once it's cut, you can screw the 4 corners into the 2x2 material that is used to hold the sides together. Then you'll cut some scrap pieces of 2x2 to attach to the sides beneath the bottom panel to support it. Cut them slightly shorter than the inside dimensions of the box, so it can clear when the lid is opening and closing. Cut a slight angle on the pieces to add a nice finished look.

I measured 7" from the outsides to the center of my 2 supports, but this was arbitrary.

You can now set the lid on the box to see what your box will look like. If you had a router you could put a nice round over on all sharp edges.

I used a palm sander with 80 grit to take off splinters, and rough edges, then finished with 120 grit. Now you can really start to see the project come to life!

I didn't kill too many brain cells from the fumes.

You can wipe it off after application if you'd like a lighter color. Attach your 8 corner brackets, on the sides. This adds a nice look, along with strengthening the box. Attach the 2 handles on the sides, and finish it off with the padlock latch. The last step was to add the gas springs, or gas actuators that helped the lid close slowly. Use the instructions that come with the actuators to install them. It is pretty simple, you'll have a few screws on each end to attach to the lid, and to the box itself. If you have any questions, feel free to comment.

I guess the list is endless as to what you could do with it. It only used about a quarter to a half of the can. Is there a bunch of boxes and cables from old cell phones and printers and tvs in that drawer that we don’t even know what all they do or go to?

Are we hiding a pile of old dirty socks in that cubby because we keep forgetting to wash the whites?

But it doesn’t matter, because the storage itself is pretty, right??

Drill 1 ½” pocket holes into the ends of the 30” long pieces. Then, using 2 ½” pocket hole screws, attach two frames together like the picture below. Attach the bottom 2×2 so that the top of it is 3” from the bottom of the leg. Cut four pieces of 2×2 at 12” long and drill 1 ½” pocket holes into the ends of each of them. Cut 2 pieces of 2×2 at 12 ½” long and center them on the front and back between the top and bottom pieces. Use 2 ½” wood screws to attach the piece between the top and bottom supports.


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Once you’ve got them cut to fit, drill ¾” pocket holes around the edges of each piece. Using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws, attach these panels in place making sure the inside of the trunk sides are flush. If you wanted to get fancier, you could add some cove molding around the edges of the panels for a more traditional look. This is the perfect little piece for an entryway bench, toy box, or end of the bed trunk. Please do not remove any watermarks, crop, or edit any of my images.

I would not call myself a good painter, so the fact that this went on so nicely and looked great made me feel pretty darn good about myself.

I let the paint dry a few hours and then added another coat.

I was over my fear, scuffed along, especially around the curved edges and was really pleased with how it looked.

I simply brushed an even coat on, removed any excess with a damp cloth, allowed it to dry for 24 hours and then applied another coat and buffed it with a cotton cloth.

I love the character that it will add to our home and to her bedroom. Since the drawer is planked and will be filled with toys the fabric will give it a solid clean bottom for all those little toys that eventually end up all over the house. Dark green is somehow the perfect neutral but not neutral color. The entire chest was sealed for protection with a clear sealer.

I wanted to place my new pulls and drilled new holes. The hardware screws were just a bit too long when attaching them to the drawer. Love the final look and your pulls are very stylish. Love how you pay attention to the details!

It may be a toy box but it looks like a lovely antique. Love the way you left the dovetail showing through the paint. Not only that, but it’s even possible for them to be used in pirate-imagination games!

The gorgeous chestnut color is bound to blend in with any room décor or colorscheme. This item can be personalized with your child’s name, making it a great birthday gift. Flip down the top of the chest and transform it into a desk or bench. This sports themed wooden toy chest depicts images from football, soccer, basketball and baseball. It doubles up as a bench box for you to sit or play on. Perfect for storing toys, blankets and other children’s goods.

It doubles up as a seat, making it a stylish addition to any nursery or children’s bedroom. Make use of its book rack feature and store their favorite toys and books in one unique unit. The slow closing lid feature also means little fingers will be safe. Choose a quote or phrase that means something to you and it will be engraved lovingly into the wood. With a nylon rope toggle, they can pull the chest along the floor to their chosen location to play or tidy. Measures 25 1/2″ (length) x 17 3/4″ (width) x 19″ (height). The chest can be personalized with your child’s name or initials. Furthermore, each chest can be customized with your child’s name. Measuring at 23 inches wide, 16 inches high and 15 inches deep, this chest has plenty of room for toys and books. Collect toys, train sets and teddies in this fun novelty box measuring at 10 3/4 inches in height x 13 1/4 inches in length x 9 inches in width. It also has a unique flower feature on the front and excellent detail on top. This stylish looking rustic chest is hand painted with a vintage air craft.


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Can be customized to include your little one’s name or initials. Air vents are built into the back and hinges are safe for little fingers. This hand crafted toy box measures at 55 cm x 35 cm x 35 cm and can be customized. Measuring at 14″ wide x 9″ deep x 10″ in height, your little action hero will love storing his or her video games, figurines and combat weaponry in this vintage style chest. This beautifully painted wooden toy chest will brighten up any bedroom. This item can be personalized to meet individual requirements with names or initials. Made from sturdy wood, there is enough space for toys, teddies and blankets. This pine chest is impeccably presented, measuring at 19″x36″x16″. These cute bears will be a hit in any kids bedroom. The top’s dimensions are 22 inches by 11 1/2 inches and the chest is 12 1/2 inches high. This toy box has been finished with a mod podge acrylic gloss for a shiny effect. Store all of their favorite farmyard toys and tractors inside this little pig’s belly!

Store your toys, books, blankets or games in this fun running hog!

With a silver horn, black main and bushy tail, this gorgeous item compliments any little one’s bedroom. Also available in white and pink, or turquoise. This bull shaped toy chest is just what’s needed to make tidying up fun. Store books, blankets or games in his belly!

There’s tons of storage capacity, making this fun chest useful for all manner of storage. Hand painted with beautiful colors and tones, this truly is a stylish playroom feature. With safety hinges and smooth edges, this box is suitable for young children and protects their fingers.

Make cleaning up a simple job with a wooden storage box that can move around the room with ease. Add an entirely new feature to your playroom or child’s bedroom. Learn the art of upholstery and make a gorgeous soft seat cushion to add to this useful storage box. Now you can recreate this beautiful chest from home!

Add to any child’s nursery, toy room or even a living area and store any loose toys, books or games. A perfect novelty chest for any playroom. This will keep the toys tidy while letting them air dry, avoiding any risk of mildew or gross mold.

I love sharing my finds with other moms so they can do the same for their kids. It was a great way to allow him to play with the table inside while also organizing and cleaning up his toys. Well, then summer rolled around and we actually wanted to use the sand and water table outside for what it’s intended. These are the listing photos for the one we went with. Well, as projects often go, plans changed.

I used a palm sander and a wire brush to take off all the loose rust and dirt.


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I also had to clean out the inside which was covered in the original, peeling, and rotting decorative paper liner and cobwebs.

I also sprayed the whole inside with a bleach spray just for good measure.

I wanted to use the paint to seal up all the metal edges and we already have a lot of wood in our rec. There were a few places the metal had been crushed and bent along the top edge. These needed to be bent back with pliers and nailed back in place to it was flat. There were also a couple places along the bottom that the metal was rusting away (see photo above).

I nailed this at the bottom of the front to cover the spots where the metal had rusted away (see photo in step 3). If your trunk needs any structural supports (mine already had some on the back), this would be the time to add those. If restoring, use thin coats of a spray on rust covering product. Determining how we were going to stop the lid from falling open or slamming shut on tiny fingers.

We only needed 1 for the size and weight of the lid but used 2 just in case he managed to collapse one of them. It’s probably overkill since you have to really pull but better safe than sorry. Plus, these also happen to be the most economical option which worked out nicely. Most steamer trunks have braces on the side for the top compartments they once had.


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I also added small braces to the back wall for extra support, you can see them in the photo above. You’ll have to adjust this based on the size of your antique trunk.

I made a super basic box to fit (remember to take the hinges into consideration) then sanded, stained, and sealed it. In the bottom, we store our “rotation toys” because our 1 year old can’t lift the box out. It’s so easy to keep things picked up and the steamer trunk looks a heck of a lot nicer than a bunch of plastic totes!

Chest” toy box for all his favorite things !

So what do you think of our treasure chest toy box?

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This is what keeps the blog up and running. It’ll blow your mind on how easy this was to make, just cut the wood pieces and screw them all together!

So many of the ones we get around here are broken or cracked. Who would have ever thought old wood would look so good!