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August 29, 2012

Toy-Box to Kitchen Bench

Another piece of the almost done kitchen ! At least I can get back to baking and cooking soon ;-)

We bought wooden toy boxes for Dimitri & Cheri many years ago, needless to say, it has also been some years since they've outgrown them and threw it out. I am using one in my bedroom  as a foot-end blanket box, which, so far has only been painted and I added some handles .. this is still an incomplete project, ugh!

The Kitchen Bench will mainly be used for storage - we had this very awkward, under counter space and I ran out of ideas as to what to put there - voila ! I needed to do something with the toy box (it holds a lot of craft stuff which I need to use in the kitchen i.e. my candle making stuff).

Because this will be used in the kitchen, I added thick plastic over the material - here is what I did:

The old toy box 

Supplies needed

1.) Black Spray paint  (I used Rust-O-Leum for wood)
2.) White Spay paint for the stencilling (again Rust-O-Leum for wood)
3.) Stencil - I found this "zebra" pattern by chance, after I bought the fabric
4.) Tiny amount of Tic-Tac Glue (to keep the stencil in place)
5.) 10 centimeter (about 4 inch) thick Foam, cut to the exact same size as the top of the lid 
6.) Glue - suitable to use on foam and wood
7.) THICK Plastic - I got mine from the fabric shop
8.) Staple Gun

First, I washed the box and made sure all areas were dry before spraying the four sides with Black Spray paint. After about three hours the paint was dry enough to do the stencilling - I applied a small amount of Tic-Tac Glue, waited a minute or two and stuck the stencil in place - then I spray painted over the stencil with the White Spray paint, all around the bottom of the box.

For the seat, I removed the lid from the box and glued the Foam to the top.

I Cut the Plastic and Fabric large enough to cover the whole (inside and outside) of the lid. First, I layed down the Plastic, then the Fabric (right side facing down) on top of the Plastic - I then placed the lid (Foam side facing down) on top of the Fabric.

Now, I made sure there were no crinkles at the bottom (the seat side) and then started to just "wrap" the lid, almost as you would do a gift, stapling all the sides and seams on the inside.

We replaced the lid and fastened it to the same hinges as before (this was a little tricky as we had to feel the covered lid for the holes - next time I'll make sure we mark it somehow ! ).

I think, by know, if you put all my "pieces" from the kitchen together (the ones I have already shared with you) you should get an idea of the type of kitchen I am trying to create...


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  1. You have a lot of great ideas! I so am not able to think outside of the box on stuff like this. I wish I could though! I wanted to also let you know that I nominated you for an award - well 2 actually! (I think you may have already seen the post, though) You can check it out on my blog, Love Bakes Good Cakes!

    1. Thanks Jamie - I did see the post and commented, but thank you again!

  2. Great idea! Love the zebra fabric! Liz

    1. Thank you, Liz! The Zebra effect are repeated again in the kitchen and the laundry - reveals to be posted soon ;-)

  3. I have an old toy box, trying to figure out how to refurbish it - thanks for the inspiration ;) Visiting thru Full Circle Creations All Star Block party

  4. I love re-purposing stuff! What a great idea!

  5. Wow! Very creative! I love how it turned out!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  6. What a great furniture makeover! Love the black and white. Thank you for sharing at MightyCrafty Mondays!

  7. What a great transformation! I can't wait to see the final reveal. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  8. Great job! I have an old chest in my kitchen too and it provides so much storage not to mention seating space! Really great job!
    Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm & Link Up!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

  9. Great reuse! I 'm all for an upcycle :) Thanks so much for sharing this at the Weekend Wonders link party! Hope to see you back on Thursday Have a great day :)

  10. Hi Linda,
    What a great idea. I really like this bench. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  11. Linda,
    Very cool. Love the zebra stripes :) Thanks for sharing

  12. Fun project, love the zebra pattern!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch!! I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  13. Great transformation! I love doing things like this too!


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