One of the coolest decorating masterpieces I’ve ever had the pleasure of creating is my son’s Star Wars bedroom. By far [far away] – sorry couldn’t help myself there.
I already purchased his black cube boxes and added Star Wars patches to them
as well as the R2-D2 popup basket for his washing.
So the finishing touch for the theme was to transform his toy box so it fitted in a bit better.
I had an idea in my head of what I wanted so I took a trip to the local craft shop and picked up a few thing. Here’s the list if you’re looking to make this cool toy box:
paint brushes – 2x 1.5″ brushes or 1x 1.5″ brush and a stippling sponge
brown acrylic paint (since I knew it would adhere to the surface and there would be a better choice of colours than other types of paint)
silver paint (just a small tube)
sheet of overhead projector film (or any clear printable plastic would do)
OHP pen or Sharpie
a mask (I didn’t need one as I was working outdoors but if you’re not, please use one)
clear sealing acrylic (ideally you want the type for sealing painted furniture so it’s not still tacky when it dries) the type I bought came in an aerosol for quicker application
course and fine sandpaper (I used 80 and 120 grades)
small piano style hinge (I ordered this online as I assumed nowhere in Paisley would sell this [yes I know there is a piano shop] within my budget) and small countersunk headed screws
PC/laptop and printer
cushion foam the size of the lid (measure the toy box lid so you don’t waste foam and money)
brown fabric for the seat (I bought this online as I wanted to buy waterproof fabric, but you could use any brown fabric, even fur!)
staple gun & staples
Lastly you want somewhere well ventilated to work, preferably outdoors as working with paints and aerosols can be hazardous to your lungs. 1. Prep your area, so you don’t get paint on anything you don’t want to, this is more important if you’re not outside – no one wants a big splodge of brown acrylic paint on their nice cream carpet! But if you get it on a few flowers, the rain will wash it off…eventually; 2. Sand the toy box using the course sandpaper, all over but not the lid. This is crucial to make the paint adhere to the rough surface; 3. first coat of brown acrylic paint on the base only, not the lid; 4. allow this to dry, I did my project in the summer so the air was warm (yes it’s known to happen a couple of days a year in Scotland believe it or not) but if the air is damp perhaps allow it to dry indoors or in a shed/garage over night;
5. once the first coat is completely dry, lightly sand using the fine sandpaper, if some of the paint rubs off that’s okay;
6. paint second coat of brown acrylic and let it fully dry again; 7. paint the third and final coat of brown acrylic and let this fully dry;
8. while the paint is drying, I fired up my laptop and (here’s one I made earlier) created a template for Chewie’s bandolier, but if you like you can just download mine here; 9. use the template under a sheet of the projector and copy the template on to it, then cut out the squares and boom – there you have your very own bandolier stencil;
10. once the base of the brown acrylic on the toy box is completely dry, use your stencil and silver paint to paint the squares onto the box, you can paint it on both sides or just one, I only painted it on one side as I knew the other side would be hidden most of the time, I used a normal wood painting brush I had in my toolbox with an elastic band around it, but you could use a normal brush or sponge to stipple it on;
11. once you are happy with the stenciling, give the entire thing a minimum of 2 coats of clear sealing acrylic I left overnight between coats and did this outside; 12. next tackle the lid, trim the foam to size; 13. lay the fabric out flat, then lay sandwich of the the foam, then the lid on top and trim this so it can be pulled up around the edge of the lid, so it should be bigger in size than the lid; 14. next staple the fabric to the centre of each long side, then the centre of the shot sides, I always do this first when covering things as it lets you work your way out to the corners where you can fold them before stapling;
Trim the fabric further if required, make sure all the staples are flush with the wood so they don’t catch on little fingers using the toy box.
15. attach the piano hinge to the base of the box using the small countersunk screws; 16. finally attach the lid to the hinge with the small countersunk screws. And there you have it! You’re very own Chewie inspired toy box that your little one will love (and if they don’t, it’ll look great in your room 😉 ) If it looks anything like this you’ve done well young Padawan!
The one I made for my son, fit in nicely with his Star Wars themed bedroom, you see the pics of this here. Don’t forget to comment below and send us some pics of your Chewie toy boxes – I can’t wait to see them! 😀