At some point last year, I was sent to the shed, my work room, to tidy. It had descended into chaos… again. Normally, because I lack storage, and must work around stuff.
It wasn’t long before I picked up some pallet off-cuts, got distracted, and made a box like structure with legs— but no top or bottom. There it sat for a year. Was it a planter, was it a laundry box… who knew…? I didn’t.
Fast forward, a year, and I was expecting my first child. I considered making a toy box, the rest is history. The sides and lid are all made from pallet wood. Simply screwed together. The bottom is an old shelf I found in my shed, just the right size. On the inside of the lid, I screwed in a sheet from an old antique Bartholomew map of Scotland. Left over from something we did at our wedding. I used a paste mixture to seal.
Some simple black hinges, new, but bought for something else, and never used, finished the box. I considered a catch, to stop the lid banging, but it seems to stay up itself. Worried about sharp edges from pallet wood, I did go and buy some edging and glued on the corners.
The box was painted using some yellow chalk paint, I acquired a cat and mouse stencil off etsy and then waxed. Very rustic, it was meant to be a planter, but hopefully fun for the new baby.