Despite having an extremely busy Christmas and New Year, I managed to squeeze in a simple upcycling project. It’s turned to be my favourite so far in 2016! 😉 Read on to find out how a well-worn piece of furniture found new life as Douglas and Arthur’s toy box!
I don’t know about you, but for me there are a few items of furniture that have simply been storage stalwarts – travelling from house to house and room to room, fulfilling different needs. One such piece is a pine blanket box. It started out life in our previous house with standard orangey varnish. Since it moved with us, I think it has lived in almost every room in different guises – painted white as a side table, painted antique cream with cushions on top as a seat, as an ottoman at the end of the bed… the list goes on!
Here I am getting rid of said orangey varnish with my trusty orbital sander, way back in 2007!
The babies’ toys had been stored in a large basket up until now, but this was soon outgrown as Christmas passed and lots of new toys were received as presents! The blanket box was at a bit of a loose end, so time for a makeover!
First we gave it three coats of chalk paint. Now I know this stuff has a cult following, but for good reason! When you’ve got two babies, every second counts and there isn’t much time for faffing around with primers and waiting hours between coats. We went for a sunny and happy mustard yellow, and added castors to the bottom to make it easier to manoeuvre.
I knew I wanted to personalise it for Douglas and Arthur to make it more special. I searched the web for ideas, looking at wooden letters I could paint and fix to the front of the box, but nothing really caught my eye. In the box’s previous incarnations, I had toyed with the idea of applying wallpaper to the front inlay, but the tongue and groove boards would have made it difficult.
The thought of a design that would fill the area got my creativity flowing, maybe a printed foam board would work? I found a website that would provide just that, and for under £30! I decided on a chalkboard style and set to work laying out a design in Adobe Illustrator.
Just two days after ordering, the board arrived, and to my delight, was a perfect fit!
I ordered my board from printed.com. I’ve used their site for both personal and charity projects in the past and they’ve always been top-notch. Their range is second to none, their print quality is excellent and customer service is friendly and helpful.