Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Little Truck That Could

I'm looking to remodel my baby man's room.  Right now it's in a transitional phase between toddler and big boy.  So I've been busy as a bee looking around for inspiration.  In my quest for all things big boy-ish and custom looking, I came across this adorable little truck shelf from Pottery Barn Kids. 

Cute right?


Well... as you know I really love Pottery Barn but I can't justify paying $130 for a shelf even if it is for my baby man.  That's when I got the bright idea to make the shelf out of things I already had around the house.  Brilliant!  I had this gross shelf that I got for $1 at Goodwill and a little unfinished wooden truck that my son had since he was a baby.  Both were doing nothing but collecting dust. 



 Do you see where I'm going with this?


I had my husband *swoon* cut the truck into pieces.  I kept the front of the truck and the wheels.  These were attached using a handy dandy nail gun.  Easy Peasy!  This is how it looked at this point. 

Brilliant I tell you!! 


The next step was priming.  Because I already had it on hand, I decided to use a ruddy brown primer.  I knew I was going to paint the shelf red so that was the logic behind that one.  Here it is primed and ready to go. 
What a stinkin great idea!

Finally, I took a can of red spray paint and just about emptied the whole darn thing onto it.  Note to self: sand the rough edges because spray paint will not take otherwise.   All in all it was a successful project in my book.  Here is the reminder of what I was going for:


Pottery Barn Kids truck shelf $130.00


My version: $1.00

Total savings $129.00.  The fact that my son doesn't give a crap about where it came from but loves it just the same: PRICELESS!


This little truck was linked over at:



27 comments:

  1. This so stinkin' cute, Nydia! Very clever :D
    I hope you will come and link to the "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. I will have a link up later tonight.

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  2. Thanks. I really loved this project and for $1 what's not to love. @Carrie, I will for sure link up.

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  3. This is awesome! My son would love it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "Featured" button.

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  4. yours is better =) and not just because it's a dollar <3

    kudos!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  5. Love, love, LOVE! This is amazing and the fact you made it for a buck has my jaw on the floor!

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  6. It's so perfect! I think yours is the better version with the steering wheel on the truck. And who could argue with that savings?

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  7. darling! I'm on the hunt for ideas for my small boy's room too!

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  8. that is so awesome! i'm going to be doing my little boy's room over too and he loves anything with wheels-i'll be on the look out for a wooden truck. love your blog design-lol-it's the same as mine and when i first came to your blog, i thought i had logged back into mine :)

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  9. What a great job you did! My son will love one in his room too! Visiting from Someday Crafts :)

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  10. I'm visiting from someday Crafts, that is BRILLIANT and I like your version better than the PB one anyway because there is so much more detail in the front of the truck.

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  11. Came by from Knock Off Decor. Love the truck shelf! I'm gonna have to make one for my son's room! Thanks for the awesome idea!

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  12. You "AMAZE ME"! Thank you for linking up to the "Amaze Me Monday" blog party!!

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  13. Totally cool! What a fantastic idea. I love saving $$$. I found you at Debbiedo's. Nice to meet you!

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  14. What a fantastic and marvelous idea!!! You are so talented! Really enjoyed your post.

    Found your site from Debbiedoo's link up party

    Hope you have great day!

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  15. That's very creative and adorable! Thanks for sharing. I found your blog through Debbiedoo's link party. I am a new follower. :)

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  16. ah-maz-ing!! Really good job. Found your site from Debbiedoo's linkie party!

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  17. Great job! I love it! I'm you newest follower from Debbie's newbie party! have a great night!

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  18. That is just stinkin' cute...Looooove it! Great thinking. I came over from Debbie's newbie party. ;)

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  19. You. are. my. freakin'. hero. This is fantabulous! I am so going to make one of these! We just moved our tot into his new big boy room, and it's done in cars and trucks!

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