My boys…well, I didn’t teach them to love cars….they just do. They have loads of different toys at their disposal…(I mentioned I’m kinda borderline a hoarder, right?!)…but they are drawn to the cars, trucks, and anything with wheels. Which is fine by me. They are cheap, easy to find, and in general, encourage imaginative play. And let’s face it…it’s pretty awesome to say that you own twenty-seven vintage collector cars.
So after I had my little heart-to-heart with Will about his room, Jeremy and I decided that we needed to do a little mini-makeover…including putting some toys back into his room. We had removed almost every single toy to help with bedtime (spoiler alert – it didn’t work) so we talked about how it wasn’t going to become Toys R Us again…that our main play areas would still be downstairs in the living room and in the basement (until we create a dedicated play space) but some toys would be great for back in his room…namely, his collection of MatchBox cars.
And that’s why we built this…
When you enter Will’s room, there is one other door to his jack-n-jill bathroom that his room shares with Weston’s room. That door swings open into the room, creating a sortof unusable space behind it. We had a big wardrobe behind it but we moved it out a while ago. So we decided that that narrow little wall space would be perfect for his new car rack.
The supplies to build it are really simple. You need the following:
- (2) 1/2″ x 48″ dowel rods
- (13) 1/4″ x 2″ x 2′ craft boards
It requires you also to have paint and primer, a drill and a 1/2″ bit, and a few large headed nails for hanging it.
All in all, the supplies will cost about $20….I already had the paint so I spent $16.
So that’s the first thing you do…just prime your boards…front, back and sides.
After they were primed, I drilled a hole one inch from the edge on each board on each end.
Then we slid each board down equal distance on the two dowel rods. The fit was really tight and it took a little muscle (as shown below)…
We left about a half inch on the top and then cut off the excess dowel rod on the bottom with the miter saw. This was the stage where I took it outside, did a light sanding with a block and then did about two coats of white spray paint. Why did I prime first, assemble next and paint last? Because I knew that the fit would be tight and the paint would help keep any non-super-tight boards in place. It was like painting a tight window shut…it’s not gonna be unbreakable but it will a pain to move.
At first we thought we would hang it with L-brackets but in the end, it seemed like the easiest solution was probably the best…four strategically placed nails. We purposely chose nails that were extra long (to go into studs) and that had large heads (to hold the thing in place). I would show you a photo of Jeremy hanging it but apparently the masses think this was the most exciting thing ever…
Then came time for the cars. We collected only some of the ones floating around the house (because let’s be honest, if we collected all of them, we would need a much bigger car rack!)
Will and Weston had the job of loading it up. I later made it into a rainbow and Will thought it was the best thing ever.
I think his direct quote was “It’s like a wainbow wall gawage FOR MY CARS!” And he may or may not have said thank you for his car rack about fifty times…which made me think that maybe he isn’t as spoiled as I thought he was. Don’t get me wrong…that thought was fleeting…he’s totally spoiled…but at least he’s grateful for his spoils.
(oh and here’s a better look at where those nails were hung. So far it has been just fine with both boys loading and unloading it every day but if you have kids that like ripping things off the walls, you may want to consider using another hanging method.)
I think that we need to do a few more things in here to make it a little more Will-friendly (I really want to repaint too…just to get this space to be in our house color scheme) but that may have to wait for now because of the whole having-a-baby-thing. Unless I work this hot body of mine and get Jeremy to repaint before that….yeah…probably not. I mean, even the thought of shaving my legs is laughable at this point 🙂
So that’s our new little project…what have y’all been working on lately? Anything in the kid’s room? or the garage? or something sorted by the rainbow?