It took us a while to decide what theme we were going for, originally we threw ideas around such as a robot theme! But eventually we committed to a boat theme. Originally I wanted a toy box/bookcase although when researched on Google we opted against this idea. So became the standalone toy box. By the end of the year, we hope to add a matching bookcase.
My husband has many qualified trades, one being Carpentry, so I am very lucky that many of our ideas get transformed into amazing and functional pieces for our home. He designed and built the toy box from scratch without any assistance. So clever!
The inside has 2 sections. The front section is designed to hold soft squishy toys. The back larger section will hold the bulk of toys. The lid will have a rope attached to the top for easy opening and has gas struts to hold the lid up (avoiding any nasty finger jamming!). The life buoys were created out of foam wreaths, paint and rope. My husband cut the anchors himself using MDF and did all the paintwork. It is named HMAS Phoenix as our son's name is Phoenix.
We were so happy with the outcome and I am very excited to share this project with you! I hope this inspires you to create something you never expected!