Compared to many bloggers, my house is a hot mess…that’s why you’ll never see a “Sadie’s Home Tour” blog post from me!! Jon and I live a very big life in a fairly small house, and I am admittedly better at crafting that I am at interior design.
And while we don’t have kids, we do have two cats…which means the floors- all floors!- are often a minefield of cat toys and other inanimate objects that became cat toys, if you know what I mean.
For years, we’ve been using a vintage egg basket to hold their abundant collection of playthings- cute in theory, but messy in real life.
So, I decided to DIY my way to better cat toy storage- something that was practical and functional…something that fit our aesthetic (i.e., vintage, industrial/primitive)… and something that could keep the “stick toys” under control.
Since I’m always drawn to old wooden crates, that’s the route we wanted to take- and I also wanted it on wheels. I went to a favorite antiques shop and found the PERFECT crate- not too big, fantastic wood grain variation, and just enough faded lettering to give it that industrial charm. And while at Olde Faithful’s, I lucked out by finding four matching salvaged casters! It was truly divine intervention, vintage-style.
I knew I wanted to add something to the inside of the crate to keep the “stick toys” upright. But what to use?? I brainstormed several ideas with the gals at the shop, but in the end, Jon and I decided to DIY that part with some scrap wood that we had in the garage. To keep it simple, we decided to square off a corner within the crate.
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A Crate Repurposed
First step? Cut two rectangles of wood at the right dimensions to create a small square in one corner of the crate, but without being visible.
Luckily for me, I already had some wood stain on hand that was a very close match to the coloration on the crate (Minwax Early American– I had previously used it on my toy truck Christmas project). So I stained the DIY insert and gave it a quick coat of sealant.
Once the insert was dry and sealed, we were ready to put everything together!
So, we bolted on the casters to each corner…
And then we attached the wooden insert into a corner with screws.
A Crate Revealed
Ta-da! A VERY cute, VERY functional, and VERY charming way to store all the cat toys! Straight out of the Pottery Barn CATalog.
Cottonball is, of course, fascinated by his new toy box and enjoys pulling out toys one by one. Wrigley is less enthused and would rather take a nap. Very typical for the Seasongoods’ Kitties!