Our nursery theme for Davin is Finding Nemo. Let me start off by stating, this was not an easy theme to go with. Since the movie is over a decade old, finding things was a task and a half. That is why my husband and I took on the task of do it yourself projects to create my dream nursery for our son. This post may contain affiliate links to guide you to where to purchase the items we used in this project. Here is how we turned a Step 2 Lift and Hide Bookcase Storage Chest into the perfect piece for the theme of Finding Nemo toy box bookcase combo. This bookcase/toybox combination normally retails for about $100. You can find it on sale at times in your local resale shops or on Amazon. This can be done for any theme with any combination of colors, don’t limit yourself to what you are capable of doing.
I got lucky enough to score this at a resale shop for about $17. It needed cleaned up but it was worth it to make it custom. My husband and I used sandpaper and Krylon outdoor spray paint to get the look we wanted. The overall cost when said and done was about $30 as we needed to purchase (3) cans of Krylon spray paint.
What you will need: Bookcase of your choosing in plastic, Krylon outdoor plastic spray paint (Found at Home Depot or Lowes), Sandpaper, Magic eraser, cardboard, and blue painters tape.
The first step is to clean the item off if not brand new. I prefer the magic eraser as it would not leave behind a residue when used with just water. After it is clean and dry you need to use sandpaper on the whole item. This will let the spray paint adhere to the item better and cause it to settle and dry easier. Just like you would sand down a piece of wood, you want the paint to adhere to the product and in a smooth fashion.
A word of advice, this must not only be done outside, due to paint fumes, but to help drying time. Schedule to do it on a day it won’t rain to prevent having to worry about bubbling on the paint or redoing areas. Once sanded down choose if you are doing your lid or your base first. You will have to do the lid in stages for inside and out along with the inside of the toy box. Use blue painters tape to prevent merging your colors. We used cut out cardboard while spraying to avoid over spray.
We used a total of (2) cans of blue and (1) can of orange. This included doing a second coat. Dry time for best results is 24-48hrs or it can leave areas a little sticky feeling. Approximate time to do project was two hours.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Please excuse the shaggy yorkie trying to make an appearance in the photo! 🙂
Here is the finished project in the nursery. I think the colors really worked out well and it helped pull together the overall look of staying in the Finding Nemo theme that I was looking for. My son is now nearly two and still loves his Finding Nemo toy box bookcase!
When in doubt, and you want something specific, DO IT YOURSELF!!!
*This post contains affiliate links to purchase the Step 2 Bookcase/Toybox combination at a discounted rate from normal retail. I will receive a small commission if you choose to purchase through that link.
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.