Industrial Cat Toy Storage Crate

Industrial Cat Toy Storage Crate

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.

vintage egg basket to hold toys / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cute, but messy storage!

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.

vintage wooden crate and salvaged casters / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Industrial, functional, and perfect for this project.

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.

Creating the corner insert for industrial crate cat toy storage box / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Creating the corner insert…

Once the pieces were cut, they were sanded down and glued together to form a 90° angle. Wood glue and clamps to the rescue!

Coming together in just the "right" way...

Coming together in just the “right” way…

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.

Minwax Early American wood stain / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This should match the crate well enough…

Minwax Early American wood stain / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A pretty good match!

Once the insert was dry and sealed, we were ready to put everything together!

So, we bolted on the casters to each corner…

Adding casters to bottom of vintage crate / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cute little wheels!!

And then we attached the wooden insert into a corner with screws.

Adding casters to bottom of vintage crate / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A corner pocket to gather and hold all those fishing/stick toys!

Vintage Antique industrial crate repurposed as a cat or pet toy storage bin on wheels by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

That’ll do quite nicely!

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.

Vintage Antique industrial crate repurposed as a cat or pet toy storage bin on wheels by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cat toy storage at its finest!

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!

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. Love this so much, it would even be perfect for kids toys too 🙂 Trust me, I feel you, my house is always crazy and never “finished” I don’t think I’d ever be able to do a house tour! Pinning this 🙂

  2. What a brilliant idea, I really love it! we don’t have an antique shop in our town but I must keep an eye out for more upcycling goodies 🙂
    I’m another that won’t be doing a house tour. Not even a craft room tour at the moment or anytime in the near future!! x

  3. mary scott says:

    Genius!! I have our fishing pole toys flat in a old long open pine tool carrier, & the other toys in an old big round handled basket. I think it was used to sell apples or pears in the farmers’ market. The casters just make your crate. 😎

  4. Love that crate! You got a great find at the antique store. And the little square for the fishing poles is genius. The kitties can play with them even when the toys are put away.

  5. This is so cute! We have so many crinkly foil balls and things thrown around from our sweet little cat, but when clean up time calls, I have no idea where to put them! This would be a perfect little spot! (And something a little extra to decorate the apartment!) 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this!

  6. Awesome idea! Love the squared-off corner for the tall toys….now, where did I see that vintage crate the other day…..

  7. Great vintage repurpose, l adore using vintage crates, you can never have enough and is it me or are they getting harder to find?

  8. OMG – this is adorable! I’m currently using an antique wooden bucket for my fur-babie’s toys, but I think something like this is far more fitting. The amazing thing to me about having cats is you don’t think they’ll make a mess, but yet every morning when I wake up there are pipe cleaners and kitty sushi toys strung through the house. 🙂 Great job on this!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much!!! And YES, we find toys in the morning that weren’t out the night before, too!!!

  9. Wow, this looks great and I could see it being used for all kinds of storage! Yeah, I’m with you, I don’t think you’ll ever see a home tour on my blog either! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty with us!

  10. Jann OLson says:

    I love the old crate! smart idea to add the rollers and use it to store toys. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  11. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

  12. I love the look of this toy crate and that You put the box on wheels. No cats here but I think it will work great for our puppy’s toys. Thanks so much for sharing this project at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Take care, Tara

  13. You really do create the coolest things!!! Love this, love the box!! Thanks for sharing this on MMM! 🙂
    Cathy

  14. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party. I really appreciate your participation!

  15. That’s a great toy storage chest. We have cat furniture and a cardboad box in our living room for toys. I moved our buffet to clean and had a whole line of water bottle caps and milk bottle rings back there.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Linda! That’s what happens to us when we move our couch…but it’s always different chapsticks and ink pens!

  16. I love to see what you will share with us! You have such incredible projects & this one is amazing as well. There are so many uses for this. I know I always need a place to store magazines-this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing at Friday Favorites. We hope you will join us again. Michelle

  17. Wow this is such a great idea. We have two cats and their toys are all over the place so this would be a really good way to organize them!

  18. Sarah – I always love seeing your projects! You have some of the best up cycles! I’ve been really wanting a crate like this for our house. Although I want it for all of my daughters blocks instead of cat toys. Although my house sounds like yours a mine field of debris! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I can’t wait to see what you’ve made this week!

    Cat

  19. What a great idea! I have been looking around in the shops for something suitable for storing all our cat toys in, now you have inspired me to get making my own!

  20. I just love it!!! I may just transform my crate too! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Cute! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! I Pin everything to My 2 Favorite Things Pinterest Board!

  22. What a great upcycle! I’m going to have to go hunting for a similar box for my loungeroom for the kids toys!

  23. What a fab idea! It turned out great. I think we need something like that in our house.

    Thanks so much for linking up to And Sew We Craft Together x

  24. I need to make one for my pets this turned out great. Thanks for sharing at the party pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon!

  25. Love this! Thanks for sharing at the Merry Monday Link Party!

  26. This looks so cute. Love the idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  27. This is terrific. I especially like the spot for the cat fishing poles. It is cool and keeps kitty toys in one place until the are ready to play.

  28. I LOVE it! We have two kitties and they don’t have that many toys yet….they are still into bags and boxes and toy springs that are all under the furniture. Pinning for future reference when I need something like this.

  29. I want to make something like this for my grandkids toys. Great kitty cat toy box especially the corner storage for tall toys. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm..

  30. NICE! Looks like your husband and mine would be best buds! I’m going to show this post to him! He just finished making a 4 platform cat tree for the cats!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      OOOOH, our cats would LOVE that!!! #jealous

      • Hi Sarah, He downloaded the plans from the internet and made it. We are still awaiting some sisal in the mail to wrap around the posts. We got a rug and cut it up for each platform. The cats love it and it seems to keep our kitten busy and not climbing the coat rack (literally).
        🙂

  31. Purrfect! I especially like the little holder you built inside and how great that it has wheels so it can be moved easily for cleaning! Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

  32. this is really cute, thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Monday!

  33. Awesome idea! I can see my chihuahua trying to push this all around the house! lol!

  34. I am so with you on the home tours! My living room and dining room are the ones I show. When I saw the first picture my thought was, “did she put the wheels on the crate?”. Silly me of course you did, you did a great job!

  35. You are so funny about how you say you will never do a house tour! I got a kick out of that! Your crate is so cool, obviously it would work for children’s toys, too! Very handy how you figured out your little corner to fix a spot for the stick toys, too! Thanks always for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  36. What a great idea! Love the vintage look and how it’s on wheels 🙂

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