If there's one thing that is guaranteed with kids, it's that they require a lot of "stuff". Thankfully much of this stuff is stored in our little girl's bedroom, but it doesn't mean that she hasn't taken over our main family room! However, I'm a big believer that the home should still remain a place that everyone can enjoy, and so having clever storage in our family room to tidy away all the mess at the end of the day is definitely high on the priority list!
Before Summer was born, we installed a wall of cupboards which were great for platters, our 2nd dinner set, the alcohol stash and the list goes on.... but since welcoming our new little housemate, things have been somewhat reorganised. The bottom half of the cupboards are now an excellent place to hide away bigger toys, books and craft supplies (a little higher up) which can be accessed by our little munchkin without the worry of her pulling something breakable down on her head. For everything else, I knew a trunk would be the best way for us to store away all those little toys...
We ended up buying this basketweave trunk from Kmart for $39 (bargain!) but it wasn't quite right for our room, so I thought I'd try a little experiment with some watered down paint and I have to say, it worked a charm and took hardly any time at all.
Here's what I used...
- A tube of white acrylic non-toxic paint (this is important as I can't count the number of times our little one has chewed on one of the corners!)
+ A large flat brush & an old rag
Once you've mixed the paint there is just two steps for this little makeover (For mixing the paint I used about 30% paint to 70% water)! Painting it all on and wiping it off with an old rag. The wicker will absorb quite a bit of the paint, so if you just want a light whitewash use a ratio of more water and less paint, likewise if you'd like a thicker coat, just use less water in the mix!
I didn't want the finish on our trunk to be totally uniform, so this is where the idea of rubbing with a rag came from (it's not really a crucial step). I wanted to be able to see some of the wicker through the paint, and so while I was rubbing I just rubbed some areas more than others so the finish would be a little more varied.
What do you do for toy storage? While what we've got going on at the moment is perfect, I have a feeling we're going to need more hiding places soon!
Let me know in the comments