I have two baby showers to attend this summer and was looking for a cute DIY gift I could make for both showers. Searching Pinterest (of course) I found this blog with plans for the cutest DIY kid’s wooden storage ottoman and knew this was my next project! Plus the plans given on the website make two boxes and I need two gifts, perfect! 🙂
The plans on the website, didn’t specify what thickness of plywood they used, so I chose 1/2″ plywood, which worked perfectly. I started out cutting my 4′ x 8′ plywood using a circular saw and my Kreg Rip-cut (this was the first time I have gotten to use this so I was quite excited – I’m a nerd, I know!):
Once I had all the pieces of plywood cut for all sides of the ottoman, I moved to my workbench to begin assembly of the box:
I began assembling the pieces with wood glue and my Ryobi Airstrike nailer (love that tool!!), using my speed square to ensure all pieces were straight and perfectly square:
Once I had the bottom and the four sides attached and then sanded, I decided to paint the box prior to putting on the lid or the trim pieces. Since this first box was for a baby shower for a girl, I chose Rustoleum Chalkboard spray paint for the front of the box, and for the remaining three sides I chose Rustoleum Heirloom White, and then a Rustoleum pastel pink and a Rustoleum pastel purple color. I also used the pastel purple color to paint the inside of the box.
After all the sides and inside of the box had received several coats of paint and then dried, I cut the trim pieces and then spray painted those. The sides of the box with purple and pink spray paint had white trim, the side with the black chalkboard paint got pink trim, and the white side got purple trim. These are the cut trim pieces after spray painting but before attaching them to the box:
Once the trim pieces were all dry, I used wood glue and my Ryobi Airstrike nailer to attach the trim pieces to the box:
Once all the trim pieces were on, I painted the top of the box the pastel pink color and let it dry. I then used a 12″ hinge that I purchased at Home Depot and attached the lid to the box. (I predrilled the holes for the screws using a 1/16″ drill bit, and then screwed in the screws that came with the hinge. Once the lid was attached, I added felt pads on the box where the lid touches the box (on both sides at the front of the box and in the middle of the two top sides of the box.
I purchased stencils and letters from Hobby Lobby to decorate the box. I chose the letter “B” for one of the sides because that will be the first letter of the baby’s last name, I used smaller letters on that same side to spell out the last name. On the opposite side, I chose the letter “A”, so two sides of the box have an A and a B. On the back of the box, I used stencils with butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers along with a round foam brush and acrylic paint to decorate that side of the box. The front of the box had the chalkboard paint, so I took pink chalk and wrote “Baby Girl Bates” (which is the baby’s last name). I then filled the box with baby supplies (blanket, clothing, thermometer, and baby wash and lotion, and wrapped the box in gift wrap. The recipient absolutely LOVED the gift! Here are some more pics of the completed storage box/ottoman: