Antique Storage Chest To Toy Box Makeover by Just the Woods

Antique Storage Chest to Custom Toy Box

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Antique Storage Chest To Toy Box Makeover

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When I bought this storage chest I was told that it was over 100 years old and hand made. I decided that with a little work I could turn it into a toy box for my little ones.  Their current toy box area is a complete eyesore and this would also open up the opportunity to purge some of the plastic “crap” that has accumulated over time.  I’m sure any mom of little kids can relate!

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The Before

This chest needed work and it is definitely an “embrace the age and imperfections” kind of piece, which I also think is perfect since the kids will bang their toys in the chest and I won’t have to worry about them messing it up.antique chest, storage chest, trunk, toy box, staten islandI love that you can see the way the chest was made, the planked drawer, dovetail joints and hammered nails.

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The Reality of an Antique

To say this needed work puts it mildly.  One base leg was falling off, the trim needed to be re-secured and areas needed glue and new nails.

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For the hard to reach spaces I used my glue syringe to get glue inside without having much access. These things are fantastic!!

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The holes from the old hardware were gigantic so I decided to fill those in as well.  I covered the inside with painters tape to prevent the filler from falling through the hole and inside the drawer.

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I also decided to give the entire chest a quick sanding outside before bringing it in.   Once it was thoroughly cleaned I brought it in to get started.

The Drawer

I decided to line the inside of the lower drawer with this gorgeous ikat fabric from Minted. 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.  😉

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Pulling from the dark green in the fabric I painted the chest in Dusk by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint.

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One I finished painting the chest I distressed it on all the edges as well as lightly sanded the entire piece to intentionally capture any imperfections that come with a 100 year old chest.

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Remember I plugged up the hardware holes?  I decided to go to my closet stash behind my shop door to find new pulls.  Anytime I take hardware off of an old piece I save them here, as well as leftover hardware when I purchase new.  Keeping them in this over the door shoe storage is the perfect way to keep them out of my way but accessible at the same time. shoe storage, hardware storage, storage, just the woods I chose a pair of pulls that are both unique and functional for small hands to grab.  I simply cleaned them with a toothbrush and left them in their original condition.  I measured where I wanted to place my new pulls and drilled new holes.

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The hardware screws were just a bit too long when attaching them to the drawer.  With the help of these finishing washers to make up the extra space they now they fit perfectly.

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The After

I love that the chest is functional to be a toy box now and later down the road can be used for blankets and such.toy box, blanket chest, antique, storage trunk, green toy box, just the woodsdecoupage, toy box, storage trunk, antique chest, nyantique furniture, vintage storage chest, hardware, just the woods hand made toy box, chalk paint, dusk, pure home paint

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My Reality

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It didn’t take long for the kids to fill this right up. Antique Storage Chest To Toy Box Makeover by Just the Woods


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