Lego storage box

Following my Lego Decoupage: chest of drawers project I caught the Lego bug  and decided to use some of the leftover wrapping paper I had to decorate a basic storage box for my son. He got a lot of Lego for his birthday so more storage was seriously needed. I bought a basic box from B&Q to ‘do up’, fondly hoping that maybe a fun, colourful box would encourage Alex to leave less Lego on the floor and to tidy it all neatly away instead (3 guesses how that one turns out!) This is the box I bought (with a black lid) as I wanted it to be quite sturdy and to be able to secure the top.

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I painted ‘Mod Podge’ in gloss onto the box then added the paper, left it to dry and did 2 top coats leaving 20 minutes of drying time between each (as I did with the chest of drawers). Because it’s just for storage I didn’t worry too much about how well the paper overlapped or matched up. Once I’d finished that I decided to paint the lid and top of the main box blue to make it look a bit cheerier. I used some left-over Rust-Oleum chalk finish paint in ‘ink blue’. For the finishing touch I stuck a little more paper across the handle and here is the finished result:

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It definitely looks more cheerful and now houses all of Alex’s Lego train set bits to hopefully keep it in one place. The rest of the Lego still spends most of its time on the floor waiting to attack my feet!

In other news, building works have finally started on our extension – hooray!! The foundations are done so actual building will begin soon. In a few weeks I will hopefully have at least one lovely room and somewhere to take photos of my projects without scary carpets/wallpaper and curtains in the background. My Pine Chest of Drawers Makeover has also been doing well on Pinterest with over 100 pins now and it’s lovely to think that hopefully there are other people out there getting inspiration to do some furniture painting.

I have started work on the Jack and Jill chairs in the garden as well. Unfortunately the first chair took me a lot longer than I thought so only one half of the chair set is done. The builders have since taken over the garden and are now hogging the chair for their breaks!

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This will be a good test of how durable it is but I think it might be a while before I’m able to get the whole thing finished. Watch this space!

Here’s what I used for the storage box…

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Piano stool makeover part 2: musical notes decoupage

It’s been a while since I painted my piano stool and when I discovered decoupage (!) I started to think about using the technique to make the stool look more unique. My initial instinct was to embrace the musical theme and decoupage with actual piano music so this is what I did…

I do play the piano, though very rarely these days, and used to play fairly well many years ago. Around my early teens I got very ambitious and bought the following ‘complete pianoforte sonatas’ of Beethoven.

From what I can remember I spent a few weeks mastering the first one. It took me a while as these pieces are really difficult but I definitely recall being able to play the whole piece from memory at top speed at one point. After this my enthusiasm obviously waned a little (or perhaps I discovered boys?!) and I don’t think the book has been opened since. The piece I learnt now looks totally new to me! Accepting that I will probably never be good enough or have enough time to get into these sonatas ever again I decided to use the music for my decoupage.

I used the same technique as for the Lego chest of drawers and ‘Mod Podge’ of course. The only difference this time was I had to do much more measuring and accurate cutting, especially around the sides. It was fiddly (not normally something I relish or even attempt) but I managed it and here is the result…

I love it!! The stool has a more unique look to it now and a little bit more of my history too 🙂