As part of the Pinterest Challenge Young House Love and Bower Power do every season, I got geared up to make some bookends from toys to use in J’s future big boy room. And, I knew I wanted to use cars or trucks for the toys since he eats, sleeps, and breathes them. Pretty literally.
So, onto my Pinterest inspiration…
#1 from Bower Power – bookends made with dinosaurs from the dollar store
#2 from Nellie Bellie – bookends made with giraffes from the dollar store
#3 from Live Love DIY – inspirational non-DIY dog bookends from PB Teen
Then, it was like serendipity when I ran across these little unfinished boxes for $3 each at the Target Dollar Spot.
Using these boxes instead of just using bases for the cars would give me the option to have my project sit on a shelf as bookends or hang on the wall as art. Options. Woohoo.
I painted the outside of each of the boxes white (Ceramcoat Oyster White). Then, I painted the bottom inside of each of them dark blue (Martha Stewart Crafts Deep Sea) and set out to find some cars or trucks to fit in the boxes. J didn’t have any that would work in his toy bins, so I hit the dollar store but came up empty handed. I found this school bus and dump truck at Wal-Mart for $3 each.
Then, I went back and forth about whether to paint all of the remaining inside walls dark blue, whether to paint all of the other inside walls white, or whether to paint all of the other walls royal blue and the “ceiling” light blue for an ombre/gradient effect…
But before I decided on how to paint the last four surfaces on each box, I decided to paint the little cars I found at Wal-Mart dark blue. After I had a couple of coats of paint on the trucks, I did a quick test to see which direction to go next. The iPhone test. Took a picture of the truck with the light background (ala unfinished) and one with a dark background (ala scrap paper). I jumped on Team Blue because I thought the blue one felt more interesting to me (even though this crazy-dark blue doesn’t photograph well).
I painted the remaining sides of the interiors of each box dark blue and added a third coat of paint on the vehicles. And sat and watched the paint dry.
So, there you have it, my version of using toys to make bookends/art. Can’t wait to use these in our little one’s big boy room. Cars and trucks are his jam.
Check out the projects the hosts of the Pinterest Challenge have posted on each of their sites:
Sherry from Young House Love
Katie from Bower Power Blog
Megan from The Remodeled Life
Michelle from Decor & The Dog
Pssst – were you expecting a family room update post today? I’ll be posting about the fake fireplace brick facade on Friday. (If you want to catch up on our family room revamp, you can read about it here, here, here, here, and here.)