I found this baby on Craigslist for $30! YUP, $30 for this solid, lovely piece! Of course it looked nothing like this picture. I had to spend many hours on her to get her looking this good! Now I know she was meant for a TV, but with the drawers on the bottom, and the one shelf on top, I knew it had potential for some type of toy closet!
So here's what I did: I moved the top shelf (the original one) down a few inches so it was low enough to house books. The shelves holding legos (and the two tiny drawers below it) was one solid piece that I also found on Craigslist. I think it was meant to hang on the wall or something! So I screwed these together, and used a lot of wood glue too. Then I used particle board and wooden shelf brackets from Goodwill to construct the side with the baskets. Pretty cute, huh?!
Then of course I went through the task of painting, sanding, glazing, and sealing. For this piece I thought it would be fun to paint the inside a different color than the outside. I like it! And the hardware on this is original! Awesome!
I thought it would be fun to put cork on the inside of one of the doors. This was tricky! I first tried using an all-purpose adhesive, but the cork kept curling away from the wood. So I turned to my trusty glue gun. I then pushed metallic thumb tacks around the cork to hide the raw edges.
On the other side I painted the door with chalkboard paint. Simple!
And look!!! One of the small drawers worked perfectly to hold the chalk and eraser! YAY!
The large bottom drawers I used for puzzles, and toys for my 8 month old
And the BEST part about this for me (besides the fact that it only cost me about $50)......I can close the doors and hide everything inside!!