Hi guys!

Well it was ‘Project Organization’ at my house over the weekend.  I got a TON done, and managed to make a few things with my ever growing scrap pile!

I had a bunch of Purebond Plywood leftover from my son’s dresser that I built, so I decided to make a toy box for me! That’s right… For me. 🙂

Here is how it turned out…

As I mentioned, I spent the weekend organizing.  This project knocked out 2 birds with one stone.  I was able to shrink my scrap pile and get rid of this doozie that’s been in my room at the same time!

Don’t judge… Ok… You totally can 😉

It’s bad.

But… I am proud to say that the baby’s toys have some new digs…

I adapted Ana’s great plan for her toy box to build mine.  I loved hers, but was determined to spend no money on mine.  I had to shorten it just a bit so I had enough wood.

I used my incredibly awesome Kreg Jig® once again for this build.  Did I mention that you all need one???

I used 3/4″ pocket holes and my settings looked like this…

These are the sides of my toy box…

And my base…

I built my box just like Ana’s instructions told me to…

To finish this baby I used a stain and latex paint.

I first stained the box using Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona.  LOVE.

rust-oleum wood stain

For my trim pieces I used MDF scraps that I had.  You can also use cheap furring strips for almost nothing!

Once I attached them I taped off the stained box and painted the trim with a cream latex paint.

My last step was adding a wood scrolly… Pretty sure they have a name, but that’s what we will call it  😉  You can buy these at Lowe’s and Hobby Lobby also have great metal ones that would be super cute and cheap!

Mine was leftover from a different project.  I just painted it with my latex paint and nailed and glued it to the front of the box.  That’s it!  So simple… And just a little bit prettier than the old clothes basket!

Oh I love me some scraps…

I figure when it doesn’t hold toys anymore it will also make a great blanket basket!

So… What have you made with your scraps??  I would love to hear about it!

Remember you can see the full tutorial on these easy, peasy boxes over at Ana-White.com!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Have a great Tuesday!


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  1. I do believe this is the applique used in this tutorial: http://www.amazon.com/Long–Hand-Carved-Onlay–4-1/dp/B005MDWRW4/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1366140042&sr=1-8&keywords=applique

  2. I do believe this is the applique used in this tutorial: http://www.amazon.com/Long–Hand-Carved-Onlay–4-1/dp/B005MDWRW4/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1366140042&sr=1-8&keywords=applique

  3. Love the idea. I’ve been looking at ideas to store my babies toys and I came across this page. I love the look, and it is so simple. I might even go further as to create a top that has hinge and that could be sat on. Maybe not. But I love it though and it would match our home.

  4. Do you fill in the holes from the kreg jig? If so how do you fill them in? I am new to the kreg jig and in the middle of your cupcake tower but this toy box is next. Your blog is wonderful and such a guilty pleasure. I have now introduced my neighbor to your blog and she is equally addicted. Thanks for all the fun ideas. You have made my to do list very lengthy.

  5. Your ideas are so amazing. One day I will get around the the file and make some of these things…. I am collecting on you! Thank you! You are so talented! Loved this box! I am going to use it for all my camera supplies just sitting around!

  6. I just got a Kreg Jig the other day and used it for a project these past few days. I’ve been having nothing but trouble with it! If I use the screws that are the appropriate length for my wood thickness, the screw goes through to the other side. If I go 1/4 inch smaller screw, the hold is flimsy. Any tips?

    1. I had the same issue when I got my Kreg jig. I set the bit depth to drill the holes a little shallower. So if you are looking at the second Kreg pic in the tutorial, where she shows the drill bit, you would set it so it’s a little closer to the 1/2″ marking than the 3/4″ marking as shown. This took care of it for me. I always wondered if I was the only one with this issue.

    2. Hi Tiffany! What Lisa said definitely helps. Most of the time it works just fine! Some boards are just slightly smaller in width and you do have to adjust a bit. I would go with Lisa’s suggestion and adjust your bit length and the length of the top piece as well. Hope this helps!!

  7. Love the toy box! When my kids were little I used a laundry basket too. And I’m jealous of your tools!! Ha! You have inspired me to spend a little time at Lowes or HomeDepot browsing the tool isle! Great blog!

    1. That’s awesome Laurie! I know… I actually get giddy going up and down the tool aisle! 😉

  8. Oh i wish shipping for the kreg wasn’t SO high to Australia!!! I have just recently used one of the swirly scroll thingys (i think they are called furniture appliques???) but mine was made from resin so it is slightly bendable as well, which is handy. Anyway i luv this box & finish…. it’ll be another of ana’s plans on the to do list (boy its getting long)

    1. Thanks Juanita! That stinks about the shipping, but I promise it will be worth it! You will get so much use out of it! The resin scrolly sounds neat! I will have to look for those! Thanks 🙂

  9. Luuvvv it! I am addicted to Shanty2Chic!!! haha I love everything you gals put together!! You are so AWESOME 🙂

  10. I have the exact same set-up for blankets in my living room. Judge away. I wish I had your know how. I could build a box alright, but it wouldn’t look much better than the laundry basket 🙂 Nice work!

  11. Love it AS USUAL! I just have got to get one of those Kreg Jigs! It will let me make so many projects so much quicker and easier. I actually have a list of projects waiting for one. I think when I make this one I will change it up just a bit and put a hinged lid on it. It will make a beautiful footlocker/trunk. You got the swirly thing (another technical term) at lowes? I will have to find one. It would look great on another project I have planned soon as well.

    1. Hi Erin! Thanks so much!! Yes… You must get one! They really are the best. You can build without it, but you won’t want to after using it! Yes… You can get the swirly things at Lowes!