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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Antique Toy Box Before/After

This is my toy box! I got it when I was born (yes its pretty old)! It wasn't a typical design for a child and it was made of vinyl. It had a matching child chair that went with it but is no longer in my care. Every time we cleaned the basement or garage I didn't have the heart to get rid of it. I knew that "someday" I would do something to it. Well "someday is here! I am so glad I kept it!


Let's start from the beginning....

This is what I did to transform it!

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It was covered in vinyl and it was ripped in several places. I began taking out the tacks (which I love) and staples.



The inside was rough too. It had a broken piece that had to be replaced and a drawing that my son did when he was little.



I removed all the hardware and the vinyl. The top had a major gash taken out of the wood where the hinge was so the whole piece had to be removed and replaced.


I basically had to remove all the covering pull out 1,000,000 staples and reinforce the whole structure.




The bottom was coming out so I pre-drilled the holes and I put screws in to secure in back.

I used the old vinyl as a pattern and cut some batting and stapled it to the top and sides. Then I measured and cut material.







After stapling the batting I began stapling the material over it making sure the pattern was straight and tight. I folded the edges and tucked under top help with fraying. I finished the top first then the bottom. I needed to make sure the top pattern lined up with the bottom when it was put back together.








I wanted to make this a bench so I added wooden legs to it and painted them black.

 This is the Before:




This is the After.....

I will add the tacks back to the front to finish so it still has a little piece of the before and I didn't have the heart to get rid of the picture my son drew so I guess its staying.

Cost $30.00 to redo!

Tell me what you think?

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26 comments:

Dawn said...

Wonderful job. The fabric choice is so much better than before, and I like it with no skirt. You matched the patter at the lid so well, its seamless. Great look!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I'm thinking you did great! What an improvement!!! Love how you matched the pattern!!! Extra stars for that!!!

Melissa said...

Looks very cute! Awesome Job! Thanks for the add!

Ellen said...

Love the transformation & your choice of fabric!! It looks amazing, you did good Girl!
Hi neighbor! I'm in Nashville and just found / following you now from Sassy Sites. Can't wait to see what else you're up to! Have a great day!

xoxo,
Ellen

Carol said...

WOW! That is so awesome and you matched everything perfectly!!!

CAS said...

I am super impressed! You definitely created a beautiful swan from an ugly duckling. I love that you took the time to make sure the pattern matched up on the top & bottom. Not everyone would think to do that. Awesome job!
CAS

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

thank goodness! when i saw your thumbnail at the party, i was thinking what is that? but it was your before picture!!! you brought that piece up to date and it thanks you!

By the Bluegrass said...

Great job! A major transformation.
xo,
Sena

Tammy @ Type A said...

that's a huge difference. great job! thanks for sharing this at my party!

Mallory said...

What a transformation. Great job! I love the fabric you picked out. I'm a new follower!

Judy said...

WOW WOW WOW!! I love this makeover. Love the new fabric and I love that it was your toybox. Thanks so much for linking it up to Swing into Spring. Hope to see you again next week.

The Feathered Nest said...

What a gorgeous transformation!!!!! I just love seeing life breathed into old pieces!!! xxoo, Dawn

laxsupermom said...

Wow! Amazing transformation! Love the fabric, and you matched it up like a pro! Thanks for sharing.

Attempting Aloha said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Do you have the name of the fabric you used? I'm loving it!

Aloha,
Charlie

Condo Blues said...

Great job! I have a wood box/trunk/chest that I want to make into a bench too. It was a storage chest my FIL made for my husband to take to college. I never thought about padding it. hm...

Sharon said...

That is great! Gave me a great idea to do a little refurbishing on my daughter's toybox. Thanks!

Lisa Cash said...

Wow! Amazing transformation! I'm a new follower.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

Phredfamily said...

Woah, that's just awesome! Great work!
Kate @ welcomedtempest.blogspot.com

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

OK. I think I love you. I'm your newest follower. These re-dos are AMAZING!

Green Door Girl said...

GORGEOUS redo! It is hard to believe that is the same piece. I found you through Restore Interiors. I would love if you would link it up with Saturday Spotlight - greendoordesigns.blogspot.com :)

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I think that is amazing. Totally creative and a great choice of fabric.

Jill said...

Oh wow! What a fabulous transformation! Great project for such a treasured memory! and the fabric looks lovely!

I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
Have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Chocolate Drool and Kisses said...

What an amazing transformation! Way to go!
Crystal

Judy said...

I featured your toy box makeover on my blog party tonight. Please stop by and pick up your "I've Been Featured" button. Hope to see you at this week's party.

Creative Escapes said...

I am drooling - this is totally awesome!!! I love the fabric and finishing touches! Unreal - great job!

Gottlieb said...

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