I don’t know how many times I passed by this boring little white box in the children’s section at IKEA. It’s only $14.99 but pretty plain and it didn’t match my daughters room so I didn’t give it much thought… until I saw the $20 LÄTT children’s table & chairs displayed next to it…
My grandmother had given me $100 to buy Sophie some Christmas gifts, but she didn’t “need” much – besides a spot to store some of her toys, so I figured why not put the money towards these plus some supplies, and do something a little more creative with them?
So I began painting the table & toybox hibiscus pink!
My original plan was to wallpaper the sides of the toy box– that was until I saw Birch Fabrics’ Circa 52 collection! So I decided to try something I’d never done before: using heat n bond to iron fabric to wood!!!
I ironed heat n bond to the Woodland Party fabric, then peeled off the back and ironed the fabric to the sides of the toybox — and, it worked!!!
The square sides are already assembled into the wood frame, so for those pieces I had to get an exact fit and iron it right on. For the rectangular pieces, I ironed it on, the wrapped it around the edges before assembling them into the sides of the box!
Since we live in a small apartment, I wanted to make the best use out of everything I put in her room, so I turned the toybox lid into a magnetic chalkboard using magnetic primer & chalkboard paint!
The magnetic primer was a bit tricky to work with. It’s very hard to stir, so I ended up taking it back to the paint store to have them re-shake it for me. After that it went on easily! and cleaning paint brushes with magnetic paint is hard! I totally learned after the first coat to put vinyl gloves on first so I’m not spending hours getting the paint off me from cleaning the brushes!
I wanted to decal the lid to match the PRÄNT boxes, but thought it might come off too easy with chalkdust, so instead I painted birch trees on to match! And I wasn’t being as random as it may have looked when I painted the magnetsthe other day – I did them in colors to match Sophie’s toybox!
- APA box ($15 at IKEA)
- Fabric (or wallpaper)
- Heat ‘n Bond (if using fabric)
- Magnetic Primer
- Chalkboard Paint
And I’m loving having a spot designated for all of our bigger toys! $15 for the APA box and $20 for LÄTT children’s table & chairs was totally worth every penny!!! It’s a fun project too!