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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

{playroom pails}

We have a big magnet board in our playroom, and it is not only well-loved, but one of the favorite places to play. I only had one problem. I had a hard time figuring out to best store all the magnets. If I left them on the magnet board, then there wasn't much room left to actually play. (Which usually resulted in every single magnet pulled off and thrown all over the room.) If I had them in a tub in the closet, then I was constantly taking them down and putting them back up again.

So, after my darling 1 year old pulled off the lower rain gutter bookshelf from the wall (he definitely does not know his own strength), I decided to replace with some fun pails to store the magnets in. Solved both problems--a place for them to be, plus easy access for the kids. This project was also VERY inexpensive--less than $10, including the paint. LOVE it.

Finding pails was harder than I thought. At first I envisioned galvanized metal pails, and I searched everywhere from the dollar stores to Michael's (and everywhere in between) with no luck. Either they were way too expensive, or they didn't have a handle, or they were the wrong size. I'm also really impatient, and I'm sure if I had waited a couple of weeks I could have found something, but when I get an idea in my head, I always want it finished immediately. Finally I found these gray pails at Target, for only $2.50! They were a great size, and looked fairly indestructible. Later I realized that all the magnets would have stuck to the sides of the metal pails anyway, so this worked out perfectly!

(I am apologizing in advance for the pictures. Our playroom is in the basement, thus very little natural light. So--some pics are using a flash, and others are a little dark, but hopefully you get the idea.)

Playroom Pails

  • 2x6 board
  • 1/2 inch dowel
  • 1/4 inch dowel
  • spray paint
  • screws
  • wood buttons
  • pails!
The board is a 2x6 that was cut to the right length for the wall. It's a heavy piece of wood, so we made sure that it would line up with the studs where it attached to the wall. You could also use a 2x4, but I wanted room to put vinyl above the hooks.

I had originally purchased wooden pegs from Michael's, thinking I could just add those to the board for hooks, but the pails were too big, so we had to go with Plan B. Instead, we cut a 1/2 inch dowel into the length we needed them to be, per the size of the pail. The holes for the dowel were made with a spade bit attached to our drill. Those holes went all the way through through the board, to be flush with the back.

The 1/4 inch holes were made on top of the large dowel pieces the same way, except they don't go quite all the way through. This tiny piece of wood helps the pail stay on the hook, and not slide right off.

Once the board and hooks were finished, I painted it with Rustoleum's Colonial Red spray paint, and one it was dry, took a power sander to the edges.

The board was then screwed into the studs on the wall, and we added wood buttons also painted red to over the holes. You don't have to hang it like this, but it does make sure it's completely secure on the wall. Which obviously, we need. :)

I used my Silhouette to cut vinyl for the numbers, but you could use stencils to paint them on, or mod podge cute paper numbers on as well. I decided not to add any wording to the pail, since I knew they would be dragged around the playroom, and most likely not stay put too long, lol.

The kids already love it. And so do I!



Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow! Yours turned out cute too!
Scissors & Spatulas

February 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Beth Eaton said...

I do love this idea! It looks GREAT under the shelf too!

February 15, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Super cute - I just might have to make some :)

February 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Very, very cute. I bet they love it. (Mine always loved magnets on the refrigerator, but this is so much better ; )

February 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea:)

February 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Craft Junkie Too said...

Another clever idea Kierste ~ thanks for sharing :)

February 15, 2011 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Cassidy said...

I love that idea! I hate picking up the magnets that are strewn all over the house. I'm just starting to build a playroom in my basement. Do you have pictures and ideas for an organized and fun play room?

February 15, 2011 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Love it..and some advice if you love the pails you might want to buy 3 more because a 2 year old with a pail becomes a 2 year old with a stool and the stools crack!!!

February 15, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger MeenyMoe said...

I often, like you experienced, have a problem finding galvanized buckets. There is a product by Rust-Oleum called Professional Cold Galvanizing Compound Spray Paint. Farmers use it to cover fencing and spot weld projects. It can be found at Ace Hardware and online. If you ever experience a problem finding galvanized buckets (and on a budget), this is a quick, cheater fix! -Karen

February 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger The Crafty Side Of Life said...

SO cute!!! Great idea! I just saw buckets in the $1 section of Target! They are just barely out for spring if anyone is trying to find buckets!

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February 15, 2011 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger lauren@warmandfuzzy said...

I am green with playroom envy...of the bucket and their adorable wooden holder, the magnet board...of the whole green green with envy..

February 15, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Speckled Kat said...

Home Depot and Lowes sell Galvanized pails of various sizes in the paint section. I've got tons of them for my kids toy room, they aren't as cheap, but they will hold up for a reeeaaally long time :) I think this is an absolutely adorable idea :)

February 16, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Such a great idea, I have a couple of buckets and had no idea what to do with them, thanks for the inspiration!

February 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Great Idea....I love the idea of hanging the buckets.

I wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog....I've been reading your blog for about a month now and I just love it. I look forward to it each day to see what new idea you will have.

I have an award for you at blog because you have inspired me to get doing more handmade crafts and decorating. Thank you

:) Sue

February 16, 2011 at 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would be great in the garage also for nails and such.

February 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

I love all the playroom storage ideas! SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing!

February 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

These are great and I love the idea of having a magnet board in the play room. I'm so sick of fetching out magnetic letters from under the kitchen appliances. I'm having a link party Monday, please be sure to stop by and share your ideas.

February 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Ashley Erikson said...

Love the pails hanging on the wall. You have such a gift with kid's rooms. Thanks for all the handmade inspiration! <3, Rose Ribbon-handmade gifts and photography.

September 26, 2011 at 4:06 AM  

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