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So, we did what we could to make it a home, and tolerated the lack of expertise from the previous owners. Until it was time for our second baby, of course. Maverick was getting a finished nursery if it was the last thing we did…
Editor’s note: Michael wrote the tutorial portion of this post, so read it in a manly voice.
Supplies needed for the cushion of a DIY toy box bench:
- Semi-heavy duty fabric. This is important because you do not want a felt material, or soft terry cloth that could be prone to stretching or is easily penetrated.
- 1-2 inch thick foam
- Craft batting, enough to cover the size of your bench including the sides, plus 1-2 inches of slack for the bottom.
- Underlayment board. I used a piece of OSB (Oriented Strand Board) left over from a previous project. MDF or anything at least a half inch that you can staple through should suffice.
- Staple Gun
- Bread knife or turkey cutter for the foam.
- Marker, to trace the template on the foam.
- Large, flat work surface.
- Ruler or tape measure
Crafting tip: The bread knife gives you a nice clean edge. I once tried doing this with a box cutter with results that were not worthy of the internet. 🙂
Crafting tip: Use the stapler perpendicular to the edge for a cleaner finish.
Crafting tip: I am a terrible gift wrapper, so when it came to the corners, I was worried about the end result. Come to find out, it is easier to fold fabric than wrapping paper.
Supplies needed for the inside of a DIY toy box bench:
- Liquid Nails
- Circular Saw
- Melamine or tempered hardboard
- Casing material
- Baseboard material.
When we moved in the house, there was a wooden bench this room, plywood top and what I thought was standard wall construction for the sides. Turning the bench into a toy box bench was supposed to be, pull the top and add a hinge.
Not the case.
Come to find out they used plywood all around and painted it to match the walls. Well, that was not going to hold anything with a moving top so it all had to go. I replaced the sides with a standard 2 x 4 frame and drywalled the exterior. Now we had the structural support to handle a top opening; however, it still needed something to act as the rim of the box.
I placed a piece of OSB on the top of it, then glued a sheet of melamine on top for a more finished look. Once all that was done, it still needed something more. I went into the basement and found some extra casing and used that to case out the wall portion of the top edge. This also worked well to cover up the edge of the OSB and melamine where it met the drywall.
On the top side edge, I found some unused baseboard from a crown molding project and aligned that up with the edge of the casing for an excellent finish. On the inside top edges of the box, I took and sliced the tapered edges of the baseboard down for a finished look while still maintaining the style and consistency of our gender neutral nursery.
Crafting tip: In this situation, buying standard melamine would work great as well.
Outside of a full day of work, it really was a straight forward project. Now, instead of an awkward wall or a bench uncomfortable to anyone over the age of 5, we have a gorgeous toy box bench to keep the clutter out of sight.
Like, this cute comforter…
Actually, I found a bunch of Disney Baby crib bedding sets while I was shopping for our pirate party. There are seven collections (Let’s Go Mickey, Minnie Happy Day, Nemo, Cinderella, Monsters, and Ariel), but I went with the Lion King Jungle set because it had the aforementioned perfect dust ruffle.
And with that, I can say our nursery is complete! It’s done!
Four years later, though…
Which Disney Baby crib bedding set would you choose?