Friday, January 13, 2012

Organize It Friday: Lego Storage

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My 6 yr old loves Legos, so much so that we built him this. Dylan has collected quite a collection of legos and with that has come, at times, a lego disaster in his room. He has two buckets for his legos to go in but one is full and the other is almost full, so I needed to devise something else that would work and hopefully organize his legos. That's when it hit me.

My mom gave me some storage drawers a few months ago for my craft storage. I haven't used them yet but they would be perfect for Dylan's legos. It wasn't quite as awesome as Jen's lego storage from IHeart Organizing but we also don't have as many legos as her family does.

In any case, our legos needed to be organized, so that's what I was going to do. But first the storage drawers need to be painted. I didn't want to leave them unfinished. But what colors would I use? Hmmm.....

I've been wanting to do something with Dylan's room for a while. We're on a budget and buying new furniture like I really want to do is out. Buying new bedding at the moment is also out, but I decided to browse the internet for a something I like anyway. I figured once I found something I liked I could paint the drawers to match the bedding and then just pick up the bedding later. This is the bedding I like and want to get for Dylan's room. It's a bit more grown up then his current Toy Story 3 set.

Instead of trying to match the the darker gray, I opted for something closer to the lighter gray to compliment the bedding. I also knew I wanted a pop of color inside the drawers and settled on orange. Now, I have decided on my colors and it is time to get to work.

Materials Needed
Wooden drawers ( The ones my mom gave me were from Ikea but they are discontinued and if anyone finds something similar, please let me know. We could use more.)
Krylon All Purpose Primers white
Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Spray Paint, Satin Stone Gray
Foam Brushes
Mod Podge
Fabric of your choice
Frog (or Painter's) Tape (I suggest this if you're wanting to paint the paint of the inside drawer but not you're using fabric. More on that below)
Acrylic Paint

1.  Before I began, I knew this was mostly an outdoor project. I grabbed an old sheet (I really need to pick up a drop cloth) and headed to the backyard to lay it out. I brought the drawers outside and seperated everything.

2. Then I got to work on the spray painting everything with the primer. My main reason for the primer was to seal any pores in the wood and  to give my gray its full color when applied. I sprayed each piece everywhere. I was really concerned with the inside of the box since I knew it wouldn't be seen once the drawers were in place, but I did paint inside there as well.

3.  After letting the primer dry, I got to work on the gray, spraying two coats on each piece, allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second. 

4.  After both coats were dry, I placed a piece of paper inside each of my drawers, creasing at the "walls" of the drawers, to measure out and make a pattern for my fabric pieces. (I apologize for the lack of pictures on this part. I was in such pattern making mode, I was done cutting out the fabric before I realized I didn't take any pictures. Oops!)

5. After making the pattern with my paper I pinned it onto the fabric and cut out each piece for each drawer.

6.  I, then, spread a thin layer of mod podge down using a foam brush.

      ***I originally wanted to paint the bottom of my drawers, but changed my mind after painting one coat and it didn't look the way I wanted it to, which is why you see the painter's tape on the inside. I do not suggest this if you are going to mod podge fabric on the bottom. It can pull the edges of the fabric up when you pull the tape off.

7.   I then placed my fabric piece down in the drawer and spread another thin layer of mod podge on top to seal the fabric in. 

8. Let it dry and done! 

We still have to orgainze the Legos into categories. I'm in a dilema over this. I really wanted to orgainze by color, but I need 9 drawers for that instead of 8, so I will be coming up with another solution, but I can't think of anything. I know one bottom drawer will house the flat boards, and one will house the instruction books. I also know on of the little drawers will house the people, but that's as far as I got. It leaves me 5 drawers for the lego bricks. How to organize...hmmmm.

Do you have suggestions for categories? How have you organized your legos? Share them with me. You can upload your pics and links (if you have a site) via email, the Flickr group, or on my Facebook page and you could end up on Show Me Saturday!

1 comment:

  1. Organize It Friday: Lego Storage is a nice post. I like it so much . Its also contain more information which helpful to us. Thanks for your sharing. For more info lego storage and organization.


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