Thrift Store Makeover: Lego Storage


Thrift store cabinet turned into beautiful Lego storage for dining room. Who says you can't have nice looking toy storage?
thrift store makeover lego storage idea, painted furniture, storage ideas
We have a Lego problem in our house. My son is obsessed so we have grown to have quite the collection. The problem is his Legos are only allowed in the dining room, at the table, because we have a baby who likes to eat little Legos. I needed to give my son some sort of organization and storage for all his Legos, but all I could find online were plastic stacking containers and kid furniture. Now I would totally use those if I were putting his Legos in his room but I wanted them in the dining room.
So I went to the first place I go when I need a piece of furniture: the local thrift store. I found the perfect piece for just $10. This rarely happens that I find the perfect piece on my first visit. So I quickly paid for it and brought it home. I didn't take any before pictures because I was too excited to start painting. Imagine in your head, a natural orange color wood. It wasn't terrible, but it needed some love.
thrift store makeover lego storage idea, painted furniture, storage ideas
The first thing I did was give it a good sand down. Then, I used a paintbrush and a can of white semi-gloss paint and gave it 3 coats. Next, I gave it 2 coats of clear acrylic spray gloss. I wanted my son to be involved in the process, since he will be using it, so I let him pick out a paint color for the inside of the cabinet. He chose blue, of course.
thrift store makeover lego storage idea, painted furniture, storage ideas
Last, we added new hardware. I took my son to Hobby Lobby and let him pick them out. He picked blue and gold. He was so proud that he got to help with the process and I actually loved his choices!
thrift store makeover lego storage idea, painted furniture, storage ideas
thrift store makeover lego storage idea, painted furniture, storage ideas
My favorite part about our Lego storage is that when my son isn't playing with Legos, I can't see them. I love this new little space in our dining room because my son is there 80% of the day, the furniture is pretty to look at, and it is so functional.
thrift store makeover lego storage idea, painted furniture, storage ideas
Who says you can't have beautiful Lego storage?
thrift store makeover lego storage idea, painted furniture, storage ideas
thrift store makeover lego storage idea, painted furniture, storage ideas
Thanks for looking at my favorite thrift store makeover in my home! This is definitely the most used piece of furniture in my home.

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  • Lisa f
    on Aug 26, 2018

    How do you protect yourself from the toxic paint fumes?

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  • Ada
    on May 21, 2017

    Awesom! I love you don't see it when he is done playing with them.
  • Carey
    on Feb 3, 2018

    And by having him involved in the creation of it, he is happy to use it, You were and are spending lots more time with him rather than "sending him to his room to play" and you create a lovely piece of furniture and a great family relationship with your children! GREAT JOB!!!
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