What is the cheapest yet stylish way to transform the toy box?

Hey there

So I have my son's square wooden toy box. But instead of it being hidden in his wardrobe I would like to transform it into an ottoman/toy box. So a cushioning lid to match the rest of his bedroom
q what is the cheapest yet stylish way to transform the toy box
q what is the cheapest yet stylish way to transform the toy box
Most items in his bedroom are red yellow blue and white. Below is more examples
q what is the cheapest yet stylish way to transform the toy box
Fighter engine colours
  9 answers
  • PJ Kelley PJ Kelley on Feb 28, 2018
    I have used (successfully) fabric by wetting it with starch. So many choices in fabric for little boys or girls. Just hang it on as if it were wallpaper. Once dry, usually overnight, and you want to change it again, just peel it right off.

  • Leslie Florence Leslie Florence on Feb 28, 2018
    I would strip it, paint it red, and instead of a cushion on the top I would glue a chalk board to the top

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Feb 28, 2018
    scrape the decals off, sand and paint to match, then get a board and foam pad cut to fit the top and cover in a fabric that matches the theme or color pallet.

  • Anonamouse5 Anonamouse5 on Feb 28, 2018
    I converted my old flip-top tack box from 4-H days to a storage bench. I painted the outside to go with my decor, then removed most of the dividers inside and lined it with fabric. I cut a piece of 1/2" plywood to fit the hinged lid and inserted some T-nuts, marking their location on the lid and predrilling the holes. I upholstered it with foam and upholstery-weight fabric, then mounted it from the underside of the lid into the T-nuts with small carriage bolts. A few decorative brass tacks and a lovely old antique hasp lock and it was done.

  • Sam32733238 Sam32733238 on Mar 01, 2018
    Thank you

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Mar 01, 2018
    IF you are building a toy box with a lid, be sure to get the safety hinge so that the lid won't slam shut on little fingers

  • 62q10370829 62q10370829 on Mar 02, 2018
    Strip, sand, paint or stain. Draw or trace over picture with carbon paper under it & paint picture of his choice or his name. Put padding on top so he can set on it in same design or His favorite color. Good luck.

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Mar 02, 2018
    looks like you need a bigger toy box !

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 23, 2021


    Using strong Plywood or MDF cut to size you require lid to be. Stick on Foam and then Poly wadding and cover with old sheet or linen and staple under . Next the best bit. Cover with fabric , staple and edge with braid. pop on box and there you have it.