April 22, 2011

Best Steelers Toybox Ever

A toy box is a rite of passage for a child. No toddler room is complete without a toy box. Itty bitty had those plastic bins on the wood frame and they just weren't working out for us as we had wished. After a play date one afternoon another mother thought the plastic bins would be better for them and we decided on a swap.

A nice wooden toy box. Sigh. A blank slate. The wheels were spinning. I was giddy to take it home to show Mr. Sideline Chef. Since finding out we were pregnant over 3 years ago he has on numerous occasions talked about creating a toy box for our son.

Itty bitty has recently expressed a great interest in football and especially partaking in our love for the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was my jumping off point. Mr. Sideline Chef loved the idea as well and gave me complete creative freedom. Sigh.

After a trip to Home Depot for black paint, paint brushes, and yellow spray paint we headed home to get started. The sun was shining on our porch and that is where I set up shop. After 3 hours the toy box was painted black and Mr. Sideline Chef had spray painted itty bitty's name letters in yellow and I had started my tan for the summer.

The following day I had taken itty bitty to Hobby Lobby to pick up some football and yellow letter stickers along with some Mod Podge and sponge brushes. We also headed to Walgreens to print off all of the Steelers photos we had on our memory cards.

Once home I put itty bitty down for nap and got to work. After another 3 hours I had created collages and Mod Podged the player's names and numbers onto the toy box.

I am beyond giddy about this toy box! I have been squealing in delight over how it turned out above and beyond what I had imagined. This is a toy box to be proud of. A lot of love went into it. Sure to be a family heirloom from here on out!


Carolyn said...

Aw, it's an adorable toy box for a mini Steelers fan!

Pretend Chef said...

Carolyn - We had such a good time putting this together for our itty bitty. He was so excited that we put his name and footballs on it. Haha!

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