For a perfect, functional, and let’s face it, adorable addition to your child’s room, consider decorating your own toy chest! If you aren’t one of the lucky few to have a handcrafted family toy chest that has been passed down through the generations, be the beginning of your own family tradition. It’s not difficult to create a simple toy box that can be decorated in any way you like. Either purchase an existing one or make your own- there is a plethora of free plans online.
First, decide whether you want a painted / prefinished variety to start with. Those that are already painted or stained will be less work, but you may not be able to find a good match for your existing furniture. Unfinished varieties are cheaper and more customisable with paints and stains… Just make sure you use a finishing product that is safe and certified for use in nurseries and around children!
Once you have your base model ready, start thinking about decorations that are personal to you and your child. Purchase or cut out wooden letters that spell out their name and stain them to match the other furniture in the room. Or let your child paint the letters so they feel like they’ve contributed.
After painting or staining your toy chest in the colour of your choice, you can add decals or stencils to dress it up. Use a gloss finish paint and get your child a set of window clings that they can stick on and take off of their toy chest over and over. Or you could paint the chest with a chalkboard paint that turns it into a permanent canvas they can draw on with chalk.
Be creative and consider using fabric or wallpaper to cover the chest or add details. Don’t be afraid to go 3D by painting on a racetrack and gluing little cars onto it or painting a pasture and gluing on horse figurines. The possibilities are endless as long as you think outside of the (toy) box.