Children's names and ages: Owen, 3.5 years and Finn, 20 months
Location: Portland, OR
Items used for the project and favorite part of the storage solution:
Living in a small house, and having two young boys who share a room, we have to make the best use of our space. In an effort to tuck away toys, we wanted to make a toy box for our son that would also serve as a reading nook bench.
With a simple, yet creative design in mind, we purchased Baltic Birch plywood from our local plywood store and glued the base of the box together, creating an 18" cube.
The top was cut and configured with a measured joint inside to ensure a snug fit. Concerned for little fingers, we opted to have the top be completely removable instead of one with a hinge.
Once the basic box was configured, we painted each side yellow, blue or red. Square overlay pieces were made and then with a jigsaw, we cut out a letter from each overlay piece, so that when each overlay was first stained and then glued to its corresponding side the letters would spell out "OWEN" with a red star on top of the box.
We hope that this toy box/bench will be a storage solution for our son for many years to come. Toys for now, treasures later, and hopefully a box for his own children someday. This toy box did require time and effort, though the design and process was quite simple and direct, even for a wood working novice such as myself. I love that it is handmade, personal, unique and has several uses as a toy box/bench/table.
In trying to find storage solutions for my boys, I first try to look at what I am trying to store and decide, what is valued and truly needed and what has served its purpose and can be passed on to other families? I then look for storage solutions that have a clean look, can separate items into categories (books here, animals there, etc.), and solutions that may serve a dual purpose.
Thanks for your entry, Jennifer!