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Our DIY Rustic TV Console + Toy Storage

Hey there! How has your weekend been? Are you off today? Working? We are both off over here so we’re soaking up the glorious vibes of a 3 day weekend.

Today I thought I’d share all the details of our DIY TV console that Adam built us recently. I am loving how it turned out, and especially loving how much instant storage it’s given us! Living in a smaller home, sans attic or extra space for a playroom, getting creative with storage solutions has been KEY to maintaining some sort of sanity now that we’re on the kid train.

Adam spent a few weekends working on it a little here and a little there, a few hours at a time. The lumber isn’t anything special, and Adam will say he doesn’t love it, but I think it turned out perfect for our needs! I told him the style I wanted and showed him a few pictures, and just said to make sure the shelves were tall enough for large baskets.

Our old entertainment center was such a dust trap, (I think I dusted it every single weekend) and it was the worst height for toddlers! It was dangerous having such a big TV within reach of Adeline’s sticky, wandering hands, so we knew we needed to elevate it sooner rather than later. We also couldn’t store anything in it other than dvds, and we really needed somewhere other than the fireplace hearth to stash her toys.

We still have all of her big toys sitting out, but they’re a little more organized now. In the baskets are all of her puzzles, some books, stuffed animals, and lots of her “little” toys. It’s already made such a huge difference!

Here’s the before and after –

I searched high and low for the right baskets, but I ended up settling with these three brown wicker baskets and the iron basket on the top right. In my mind, I really wanted to find some chicken wire baskets with a cream lining, but I couldn’t find them ANYWHERE. I guess I could order some, but I feel like ordering baskets online isn’t necessary. I like how my current baskets look for the time being, but they might change! I’m on the lookout for something like this…

If you come across these somewhere, LET ME KNOW! I believe this screenshot is World Market, but of course we don’t have one here, sigh!

For toy storage outside of the living room, we use lots of other containers, baskets, even toys within toys, ha! It’s really never ending with the, “where are we going to put that?” but we are making it work! I’d love to hear solutions for how you store toys! One of these days we’ll have a playroom…one of these days…

How do you organize toys in your living room? Do you like DIY wood furniture? What’s your furniture style?

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    Heather @Lunging Through Life
    February 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Oh my gosh oddly enough our walmart sells those!! I’ve seen them back towards the laundry in with the other storage solutions. I LOVE the TV stand. So funny but I was looking at your snap or Instagram and thought “Hmm that looks diff did they get a different TV” ha I forgot about the stand! Adam did a great job. For storage in our house, we rotate toys. I put a lot away in boxes and then bring out new ones. I also have those 9 cube organizers to store toys. We have one in A’s new room, and 2 in the basement. They are awesome for storing a ton of toys, especially those tiny things. I just need storage for stuffed animals 😉 They seem to be overtaking!
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    Heather @Lunging Through Life
    February 20, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-Small-Wire-Basket-with-Chalkboard-Black/24534321 How about those? They aren’t specifically what I was thinking but my internet isn’t working so well right now to search haha I do believe the ones I saw were Better Homes and Garden though!
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    Virjinia
    February 20, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    What a neat console! I can totally see how the old one made you nervous. It’s so low to the ground. This one looks awesome. Hopefully you can find those baskets!
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    Allison Richardson
    February 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Love your console! We have the bottom of our console lined with big baskets for toys too! It used to be picture frames pre baby but I really like the look of th baskets better anyway!

    Also, the main reason I’m commenting.. dollar general has the baskets you are looking for!!!!! For cheap! Like $8 or something! I’ve seen them within the past few weeks there so hopefully they still have them!
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    Annie
    February 21, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I love that table! It’s so beautiful. We have a smaller house too and need all the hidden storage we can get!
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    Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    February 21, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Wow I can’t believe he made that its so pretty! I think I’ve seen those baskets at Home Goods do you have those near you?
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    Josephine Middleton
    February 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    This is really lovely – I like the contrast of the rustic with the modern TV.
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