Thursday, January 10, 2013

That Time I Tried to Paint Something

We got a bookshelf/toy box from our nanny who's Dad made it for her grandkids, his great grandkids. I didn't think Baby Fox would want something that said Karna's what else to do, but paint it and make it more ours. With the nanny's permission of course.

The Before:

Baby Fox and I went to Home Depot and got the paint*, I wanted a blue color, I picked out a color swatch, it had three colors on it, and Baby Fox picked the one he liked best, which happened to be the lightest color, Behr Ultra in eggshell. I went home and sanded and started painting. I forgot to take pictures, bad blogger!

* I got a primer and paint in one, so I didn't have to buy two things. It took two coats to cover everything.

For the letters I bought high gloss paint from Hobby Lobby, came in the craft section and was $1.99. I then used my Cricut to cut out the letters, and then I taped them down to the box and painted, it didn't work out quite like I thought, but it was better then I could have done free hand. I think if I had to do it again, I would have waited longer to paint the second coat, I painted the first and second coat within a few minutes of each other. I think that is what made the paint spill under the letters.

We brought it in and Baby Fox had a lot of fun crawling in and out of the box.


Baby Fox loved climbing through the box, he figured out the hard way that he has to duck before getting out.

Don't worry, he was fine, I had no idea I had taken this picture until I downloaded them
We had these wall decals from Baby Fox's 1st birthday party, I had no idea what I was going to do with them when we were done, I thought the toy box was the PERFECT thing to put them on. He LOVES the movie Cars, so why not?

Can you tell which ones he placed?

Enough decals, more play time!

Maybe take a nap in there?

That cookie you see there is case you couldn't gather by the perfectly lined up chocolate chips. Didn't want you thinking I let my toddler store his cookies on the ground, couch yes, floor no.

We felt bad, so we threw him a blanket, you know cause we're nice like that.

We finally got the hundreds of stuffed animals off our couch! Finally a place to put them!

And now everything has a place. This is making my life so much better! Yep we keep this in our family room, he mostly plays in the family room, so why not. I love the organization and that everything has a place now. So when he gets something out he knows where to put it away.

And there you have it, what I did while on my 17 days  of vacation. If I can repaint this in a couple of days, so can you!


  1. Love what you did! Pics are so cute :) I'm a new GFC follower!

  2. What a great job! He sure looks like he LOVES it haha. That picture with him with all the stuffed animals is precious.

  3. Ahh Baby Fox is so cute, looks like he LOVED it. I love how it came out, so cute, you did a great job!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  4. Oh this is soo cute! I love it! Your son is adorable btw :)

    Nike O.