Mimi's Storage Bench as Toybox

Submitted by ematurne on Sun, 10/25/2015 - 10:34

My husband and I decided to make a personal gift for our new niece.  Everyone loved it, and we are currenly making another one.  The first time took us a LONG time...the second time went much faster!  We used nicer wood than suggested, which raised the cost. I used Sherwin Williams paint colors (buy the samples from Lowes...it was more than enough paint and only $5!) and the stencils came from a craft store. Can't wait to try more projects!!!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$120 for nicer wood, but you can do it cheaper.
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Box Frame: Pine; Panels: Birch
Finish Used
Sherwin Williams paint (sample cans from the Color Pizzazz card, see below) and I sprayed a polyurethane coating from Michaels to protect the inside painting.

Turquoise- Reflecting Pool
Gray- Accessible Beige (it looks gray)
Yellow- Classic Yellow
Coral- Coral Reef

Michaels- Plain Wooden Letters and Stencils- Birds, Tree, Chevron, Bicycles
Hobby Lobby- You are my sunshine

Stenciling: I got really good at stenciling on the very top of the box (the last thing I did!) and I realized that your roller should have almost NO paint on it. It is cheaper to buy a door roller from Lowes. Also, the thicker stencils work much, much better (the ones from Michaels).
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

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