Tuesday, November 16, 2010

See, I have been busy!

I've been working on upgrading Booger Bear's room.  Before we had the convertible crib still in there and it all still looked so baby-ish for my little 3 year old.  

It all started with...a find!  

Thrift store...originally $279 plus shipping, used (and missing an eye) $80.  Little Tikes has the decal stickers for sale for $1.25 though!

Well, then his dresser no longer went with the rest of his room.  So I had an idea... a dresser HIS size!  He doesn't need those full sized drawers.  So, with some changes (his pants now hang in his closet) he has a smaller dresser that has a play area on top!

(ignore the top shelf in the closet...that is still a work in progress, ugh)

But, all the fun was really in putting it together!  All that time spent at Lowes workshops pays off.  My son is a master at tools lol.  

But MY favorite project was yet ANOTHER idea I had.  I've always wanted storage for under his train table.  I built him this train table for his 2nd birthday....

...so bare underneath though...

THEN I saw these crates at Hobby Lobby.  They were $14.99 but I had my Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon ;)  Plus swivel caster wheels, paint, screws....see where I am going with this???


wood crate
sand paper
paints of choice
gloss spray paint
Four 2 " swivel casters
screws (see instructions below)

You COULD, of course, leave the wood as is and you would not need the sand paper or paint.

1.  Sand down the writing on the sides a little so it takes less coats primer.  Remove hardware.  Prime and paint the crate.  And spray on a couple coats of gloss.

2.  Flip it over and mark where the holes need to be drilled for the caster wheels.  (I did about 1/4 inch from the edge to allow for swiveling room)

3.  Because the bottom of the crate was not a very thick wood, I decided to drill all the way through and use machine screws with nuts.  

Drill the holes marked on the bottom, flip the crate over and push the screws through the holes from the inside of the crate.  It will look like this from the bottom.

4.  Place the casters on the screws with the screws coming through the holes.  Place the nuts on the screws.  

5.  Touch up paint the inside of the crate.  Replace the hardware and you are done!  EASY!! 

Happy crafting/designing! ;)


Erin said...

Great work!!

jobieashes said...

That is awesome! Pretty sure I'm going to borrow your storage carts!!

Z. said...

His room looks wonderful! You're so crafty and lucky B is the recipient of such cool work.

Booger Bear Creations said...

Thank you all! you are very sweet :)