Monday, September 10, 2012

Play Room Storage Unit

This project has taken me months (yes there is an s on that) to get done. I just chipped away at it a little at a time. Here is the beginning of out storage unit. You last saw this picture when I did our basement reveal after we repainted and added board and battan to the walls. It was small and only primed at that point.

Since then I've added quite a bit more to it. I turned to Ana White for her free plans. The plans for the base sections can be found here, and the plans for the cubby portion can be found here. I made a few modifications since I wanted the storage unit to be built-in around our 8-inch ledge and wanted the unit to look like this:

 (Pottery Barn Cameron Creativity Storage System)

Warning: Mine doesn't look that pretty...yet.  

Once it was all built I was unhappy with the edges not being completely smooth (since I used MDF) and I wanted it to look seamless where the units met up. You can see what I'm talking once you see the photo below:

So I bought a bunch of trim to cover it all up. That made it look so much better!

Here it is all painted. FINALLY! It's been a long time coming. I obviously need to still find/make some bins to make it look all cute, but for now all the toys have a place, and I love that.


  1. Looks great! Now that all the toys have a place, the trick will be keeping them IN their place. :)

  2. Kristi, it looks AMAZING! It's like pros did the job! Thanks for sharing all your home reading & seeing all the pics of each project!
    Keep up the great job!
    Sandy :)

  3. Love it!! It is very inspiring :) Keep it up girl!!

  4. Kristi- that is amazing!! I thought the first picture was the final product and was totally impressed- but them to scroll down and see that!! Oh my I love it- nice work!!!

  5. Amazing! Even better than your Pottery Barn inspiration! You're so very talented. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. So I'm looking at this again built it into that crazy "Rochester half-wall thing." You're detailing is amazing!

  7. What did you use for the cabinet door knobs? Also, did you put any shelves in the cabinet sections? And last question, about how much did you spend on materials?

    P.S. it looks fabulous.

    1. I made knobs out of a couple pipe supplies and one cabinet has a shelf and one is just open to house larger toys. I think I probably spent around $300. I hope to put details on the knobs and cabinets soon. Thank you!

  8. LOOOOOOOOVE it!!! It turned out even better than I imagined! Your work is truly amazing. Always!!

  9. I know this is an old post, but I love it! do you think the base could be made into a twin bed with some modifications? Do the drawers have rails?

  10. also.. what wood did you use for the frame and the drawer fronts? and what stain? :)

  11. This is absolutely gorgeous! I wish that I knew how to build because I would make this for our basement!

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