DIY Toy Storage Tutorial – Wooden Crate on Wheels


Our playroom makeover for the girls is now officially underway. This is a project that I’ve been impatiently waiting to start since we moved into the house. We bought our house in November of 2011, and we are just now getting around to redoing the room. I can come up with a million different reasons WHY it’s taken us so long to start but mostly, it’s because I’ve been pregnant, and the last thing I wanted to do was start projects I wouldn’t have wanted to finish. Sigh; so here we are. Better late than never I always say.

So little by little it’s all coming together. I’ll be sharing all of our projects for the room separately here on my blog and then do a reveal once the room is completed. Excited!

I have found AMAZING inspiration on Pinterest. You can see my Inspiration board here.

My first mission…to tackle the toys. We have a gazillion toys scattered all throughout the house, different rooms, everywhere. Sometimes it looks like a tornado passed through the house. The playroom was going to be a place to store all the toys but we needed a storage area in the room and we didn’t have a toy box.

I found this really simple tutorial for cute wooden crates as a toy storage here, and I knew I had to make some myself. What I loved about these is the fact that they had wheels. My daughter is always carrying her toys back and forth from room to room, dropping most of them on the way. So I thought the wheels would be great so that she can move the toy box from room to room.

I was able to find some white wooden crates at Joann Fabric & Crafts. Similar to these here – Square Wood Crate

Here is what you need:


Wooden Crates – Joann Fabric & Crafts or other craft store

White Acrylic Paint

Paint Brushes

Chalkboard Paint

Wooden Trim sticks – Lowes

Saw or Dremel to cut trim to size

Screwdriver and small screws

8 small casters (wheels) – Lowes

Wood glue

Painters tape


The wooden crates I found were already white but I went over them lightly with one coat of white acrylic paint.

Next, I drew a rectangle on the front part of both crates. I used a pencil and a ruler to try to get the same size on each.

Then, I taped off the sides and I painted on the chalkboard paint. I did two coats and let it dry in between coats.



I measured the sides of each rectangle and then cut the sticks of wooden trim with my Dremel.

Then, I used the wood glue and glued it to the sides of the painted chalkboard triangle.

Last, I screwed the casters (wheels) onto the bottom of the crate.

Here are the crates in action.




I left the crates all white for now because I’m still not sure what other colors we will be incorporating into the room, but when we do, I may add some color to them. I can’t wait to get started on the next FUN playroom project. 🙂 Stay tuned!



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    Christine @ Mama Papa Barn
    December 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I love those. I just bought some baskets to keep our many toys out of the way, but these are more handy. The wheels means the kids can put away and take out the toys themselves much more handily.

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      December 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you Christine! They have been a great addition to our toy room. 🙂

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    December 31, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I love love LOVE this idea! Making the kiddo’s room easy to maintain is a major goal of mine right now. This is a huge help!

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    Cindy Hoffman
    February 18, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    A really nice idea there Malanie, This time its a DIY for the kids and I really love it. We have some good box crates which I believe should be turned into something like this. Although I may need help of someone else in fixing the wheels, I believe it is something that is doable.
    Thanks for sharing.


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