I am refinishing my childhood toy box. When I was very little, my mom bought an unfinished wooden toy box. Mom finished the toy box in a walnut finish. It was really pretty back then but, me and my sister, used it everyday. We put stickers all over it, banged it up, and much more!
When I bought my house, mom gave the toy box to me. It has been in its original condition (at my house) for the last ten years. I had a few toys stored in it and it is my dog’s favorite look out spot. You can see where his claws scratched the top.
Since I’m redecorating, I decided it was time to refinish the toy box. The bottom of the toy box is coming out and the back has some loose staples.
The first thing I did was remove the hardware and sand.
The stickers would not come off with the sanding sponge so I used a 5 in 1 to scrape them off. Then I re-sanded the places where I had scraped.
Next, I went to Wal-Mart to pick up some paint. I chose Krylon Dual, Krylon Fusion, and Krylon Color Master for my colors. I painted the entire toy box (not the top) with Krylon Dual paint and primer.
I had a few runs so I used the 5 in 1 to scrap the runs down. If you don’t get rid of the runs they will ALWAYS show threw. When the primer was dry, I covered the box with Krylon Fusion.
I am planning to distress the toy box so the white will be my base color. I used Krylon Island Splash for my top coat.
The blue is a little bit too much like baby blue… I will fix that later! Distressing the toy box was really FUN! I used a sanding sponge, steel wool pad, and a damp cloth. (Make sure your paint is dry before you distress or you will “roll” the paint.) First, I started the distressed spot with the sanding sponge. Then I used the steel wool to get a few smaller distressed marks and, finally, I used a damp cloth to make the distressed mark blend.
This is what the toy box looks like so far. I have only sanded the lid and the blue is still too baby blue… I’m going to take care of that next.
I used Valspar Clear Mixing Glaze (Lowe’s brand) and Minwax Medium Walnut stain to get an older look. I mixed the glaze and stain in a plastic cup. I filled the cup half way full of glaze and used a plastic spoon to add the stain.
I applied the glaze/stain mix with a brush. I slopped it everywhere – it looked like a second grader had painted it! I did try to coat it evenly so it would dry at the same rate. I allowed the glaze/stain mix to dry for about 10 minutes. Then I took a cotton cloth and lightly wiped it off leaving some of the glaze and stain on the toy box.
This toned down the baby blue a bit and made it look a little more worn.
Now, I started working on the lid. I wanted to keep the lid the same color my mother finished it all those years ago (about 40 years!). To rejuvenate the lid, I used Old English Scratch Cover for dark woods.
This is the lid before I applied the Old English. (The lid had been sanded and stickers had been removed.)
This is the lid after I used the Old English on it.
WOW! This stuff works GREAT!
This is the finished toy box! It’s going to look great in the guest bedroom 🙂
Refinishing My Childhood Toy Box
I can’t wait for my mom to see it!!!