When you’re remodeling or renovating a home, it’s hard to keep your sanity, especially when you have kids. When our guest today was getting ready to move into their fixer-upper, she wanted her toddler son to have a safe, familiar spot amidst the chaos, so his room was tops on the list. Amanda worked her magic and turned the truly cringe-worthy before into a lovely after for her son!
Read below for the details from Amanda (plus how to build a toy storage cubby) and if you’re looking for other great-looking boys’ rooms, try these:
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Boy’s Room Makeover + DIY Toy Storage Cubby
by Amanda from Sincerely Marie Designs
Hi, I’m Amanda and I couldn’t be more thrilled to here on Remodelaholic sharing my son’s bedroom makeover. You can find me over at The Tale of an Ugly House sharing our fixer upper stories and projects. I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to blow your budget to have a beautiful home. With a little time and creativity, you have turn any ugly house into a lovely home! Here’s what you can expect to find over at
The Tale of an Ugly House Sincerely Marie Designs –
My hubby and I recently purchased our second fixer upper and I don’t take the term “Fixer Upper” lightly. The house has great bones and classic charm but was ugly in every sense of the word. We’re slowly renovating each room. You can find all the before photos over on my blog. It took a couple of months of hard work and tears before we were actually able to move in. One of the very first rooms I wanted to fully complete was my son’s room. Uprooting a toddler can be a little hard on them to say the least. I wanted him to have a space that felt familiar.
Here’s what we were working with.
I don’t know what was worse, the wallpaper or the carpet! What I do love about this room is the size and the great natural light that floods in. We first got to work cleaning the room out completely. That included ripping that old carpet out as well. Can you say hooray! We then scraped, scraped and scraped some more to get the two layers of wallpaper down. I found that spraying just plain old water works onto the wallpaper and letting it sit a couple minutes worked great for removing it.
Here’s what the space looks like now!
We choose a soft, neutral gray paint color by Benjamin Moore called Moonshine for the walls. I love that it adds some warmth to the space without making the space seem small. The color allows the natural light to bounce from wall to wall.
We replaced all the upstairs carpet with an engineered hardwood floor from Floor & Decor. Aside from my durability and resistance to dents and scratches, they’re very affordable! They can only be refinished up to two times but in the nines years we had our previous house, we never once refinished the hardwood floors. We decided to give them a shot and we’re so glad we did! They’ve been fantastic so far. We choose a mocha espresso stain that pairs beautifully with the gray wall color.
Instead of adding curtains we installed some simple bamboo shades. They still allow light to filter in and have great natural look.
We left the basic flush mount light but attached a lamp shade to add a more modern touch. We brought in all of my son’s original furniture, including the PB inspired bed, Ikea night stand hack, no-sew teepee and art station. With some simple and fun decor items, his room was complete! Our last steps for this space and the rest of the house is to plank the ceilings. I’m still working up the confidence and energy!
Here’s a cost break down of the space-
- Paint- $35
- Flooring- $315
- Roman Shades- $50
- Toy Cubby build- $55
- DIY Art Station- $20
- Ledge Ikea Shelves- $30
- DIY No-Sew Teepee- $23
- Ikea Nightstand build- $55
- Metal Desk- $10
- Ikea Area Rug- $12
Custom Toy Cubby Plans
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Now for the instructions to make your own custom toy cubby, designed by Amanda with plans created by Justin.
There is nothing like good storage and a well-organized space! I have found that one of the hardest places to organize has been my toddlers bedroom. With the ever-growing toy collection, it seemed like there was no hope!
We purchased a toy box over a year ago but I quickly found that it was more of a black hole than anything else. Besides being big and dark, my son would throw half of the toys out before he found what he was looking for. After I had finally had enough, I started searching for toy organizers online. I found this one from Land of Nod and loved it!
One thing I did not love was the price. $199 for one bin . . . ouch! J and I knew we could make it on our own for way less and we did. We were unable to find plans for exactly what we wanted. It took us a week or two to hammer out the plans. Here they are!
We made the toy bins from one 4×8 – 3/4″ sheet of plywood. We used a separate 1/4″ sheet that we already had for the backing. Once put together, the toy cubby measures 36″ x 14 3/4″ x 32″. Feel free to click and print the photo below which has the cutting measurements for everything.
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Kreg Jig
- Nail gun
- Drill, Sander
- (1) 4’×8′ – 3/4″ Sheet of plywood
- (1) 4’×8′ – 1/4″ Sheet of plywood
- 1 1/2″ Pocket hole screws
- 1 1/4″ Pocket hole screws
- Wood glue
- Sand paper
- Brad nails
- Paint/Primer or Stain of choice
Cut List: (L x W x thickness)
- (3) 30 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ x 3/4″ – Tops
- (3) 30 1/2″ x 11 3/4″ x 3/4″ – Bottoms
- (6) 14 1/4″ x 12″ x 3/4″ – Sides
- (3) 32″ x 4 1/4″ x 3/4″ – Fronts (one long edge mitered at 22.5 deg. angle and the other at 45 deg.)
- (3) 14 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ x 3/4″ – Dividers
- (1) 36″ x 32″ x 1/4″ – Back
Use a table saw to cut out the larger pieces and the miter saw for the sides/dividers. Using the table saw cut a 45 deg. angle along the bottom side of the bottom piece (11 3/4″ x 30-1/2″) and cut a 45 deg. angle along the bottom side of the ledge piece so that they align and are flush. Make all your pocket holes on the bottom sides of the top and bottom pieces.
Apply some glue and screw in the bottom piece (11 3/4″ x 30 1/2″) to each side using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Attach the top (10 1/4″ x 30 1/2″) the same way.
Now attach the front piece to the bottom, making sure each edge is flush. We used 1 1/2″ pocket hole screws. We also added a couple brad nails on the edges.
Your first box is done! Now just repeat 2 more times.
Next, we put our dividers in place and nailed them in. Make sure to measure that each cubby is the same width. We left the bottom shelf open, one divider in the second shelf and two dividers in the third shelf.
Once each box is finished, you can stack them! We cut a sheet of plywood to the correct size and screwed it onto the back. This will hold each shelf in place.
I chose a paint color called Serious Gray by Sherwin Williams.
We let it dry overnight and moved it into place the following day. There you have it, a fun, three shelf toy cubby for only $55!
This project had a lot of prep time involved. I tried my best to stay patient through all the cutting. My heart was so happy when we started to put it all together! I love how it turned out, color and all! You could certainly use individual pieces of plywood on the back if you chose to down stack them in the future. This was just a more cost efficient method.
Amanda, thank you so much for sharing with us! You’ve got your work cut out for you, but this shows that you are up to the task! 🙂
Remodelaholics, go visit Amanda at Sincerely Marie Designs to see how she’s transforming her ugly house