Hey guys! So, let’s just cut to the chase. I was scrolling through my posts the other day and found this one in my drafts. I had all the pictures uploaded, but never wrote the post! Hmmm, #momlife at its finest. Am I right?! I mean, clearly I put effort into not only painting this toy chest, but also styling and then photographing it. And editing and uploading the photos. And then I just forgot about it?? Oh man. I’m way too distracted these days! LOL! This toy chest started its life in our old house when I was pregnant with our oldest daughter. My hubby decided to make it because we really wanted a nice toy chest, but didn’t want to pay a ton for it. This is when my hubby was just getting into woodworking. He found some plans for it online and got to work (I believe it’s a Pottery Barn knockoff). He seriously did just a great job on it! It was heavy, well-built, and fit our needs perfectly! The toy chest got a ton of use from both of our kids. They really enjoyed playing with the toys it held…and even played inside it from time to time! But eventually, it just became a piece of furniture that was in the way. We found different storage options that worked better for our small home, so it headed to the basement. And the basement is never a fun place to be for a piece of furniture! It’s like it was banished! One day I decided it deserved a better life, so I gave it a fresh paint job. It was a little dirty from years of use (love!), so I wiped it all down and lightly sanded it before I painted it. I used a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint – because that’s what I do! – and gave it two light coats of paint for a more distressed look. I sealed the piece with tough coat (MMSMP), so that it would have the best chance of holding up to the next owner’s toys! I was a little sad to see it go because it held such great memories for our family. The beginning of our parenthood. But as I’ve realized through my life, holding on to “things” won’t make you happy. My kids are still having fun and making memories even without the toy box. It’s not about the stuff. It’s about the time we spend together!