Hey everyone! Today I’m going to share with you my latest tutorial. First, let me start by saying that I am so fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to work with Royal Design Studio Stencils and share my thoughts on their beautiful and fun stencils!
My oldest son had been needing a new toy box for a while and when I saw the Polka Star Stencil on the Royal Design website, I knew exactly what I would make! He’s really into sports and his room takes after that. I thought it would be perfect to make him a toy box with an industrial look but also tie it in with the sports look he wanted in his room. When I told him my idea, he was excited about the new toy box, but said “what do stars have to do with a sports room?” I tried to explain how stars work in an all-star room. He still didn’t get it, so I took a leap of faith and hoped that he’d like it when it was all done.
The crate itself was really easy to make. I bought 1 – 1″x8″x6′ board, 4 – 1″x4″x6′ boards, 4 – 2″ casters, 8 corner straps, and 2 – 3 1/2″ storage chest handles.
4 – 1×8 @ 15″ long (end pieces)
8 – 1×4 @ 22″ long (side pieces)
4 – 1×4 @ 20 1/2″ long (bottom pieces)
I started by making the sides of the crate. I used my Kreg Jig (affiliate link) to join together the 1×8 boards to make them 14 1/2″ wide.
I spaced the side pieces approx 3/8″ apart and used 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue to attach them to the ends.
Once the stain was dry, I attached the casters and stenciled the stars. This stencil was really easy to use. I wanted the stars to be white, so I chose the Royal Design Pearl Oyster Stencil Creme. For some reason, it didn’t click in my head that it would also have a pearl finish to it, but it actually worked well with this project.
To stencil the design, I used a 1 1/2″ stencil brush and lightly dipped it into the stencil cream. I dabbed it into a paper towel to remove any excess cream and then in a small swirling motion applied the paint to the crate. You can see that the stencil did not cover the entire crate, so when I was done stenciling all of the stars, I lined the stencil up again and finished off the crate. Once it was dry, I flipped the crate over and stenciled the other side. It was easy enough that my son was able to help!
I sanded the entire crate to distress it a bit and then added the corner straps. I wanted to use nails and found these 1/2″ cut tacks at Lowes. They look great, but they are aluminum, which meant I had a bunch that bent at the tip because the metal is so soft.
I love how the crate turned out and so does my son. He was so excited to be able to put all of his sports balls in it. I’ve got a lot more plans for his room and I can’t wait to get started on some new projects. I also loved these stencils and I’ve got some other fun plans for this stencil design. I’ll even let you in on a little secret. Tomorrow, I’m hosting a giveaway where you could win a stencil design of your choice!