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If you’re a pet parent, like me, you know that you can never have enough storage. Leashes, food, treats, grooming supplies and most importantly — toys — take up a lot of space. My older pup, Madeline, long ago lost interest in stuffed animals but my 3-year-old Schnoodle, Sophie, believes a girl can never have too much stuff.

Initially, I spent big money in pet stores on adorable, interactive toys she would toss up in the air a few times then happily destroy. After several months of this, I stumbled across a big box of 25-cent stuffed animals at a yard sale and haven’t paid retail since. After a thorough cleaning in the washer (hot water with a few drops of bleach) and extended tumble in the dryer, Sophie’s second-hand victims (um…toys) are good as new.

To store her stash, I bought a large wicker trunk, painted it black, added a bronze crest I found (where else) at an estate sale, slid it under a table in the living room and used it to keep Sophie’s toys within easy reach. For years the trunk worked fine but this spring my ability to find bargain toys exceeded Sophie’s ability to destroy them. Luckily, I already had a thrifted basket on-hand that, with a little makeover, would be perfect for containing the overflow: 
Dog-Toy-Storage-Basket-Makeover-Before

The basket was too tall to slide under the side table so removing the handle was the first step and I wanted to give it an antique look (I envisioned an old fishing creel) so it would better blend in. Here’s how I did it:
Dog-Toy-Storage-Basket-Makeover-Step-by-StepSteps: 1-cut ties holding handle in place  2-remove handle  3-thoroughly coat basket with spray stain (I used 2 coats) 4-choose an embellishment, I decided to repurpose an old belt  5-cut off excess leather at the top and bottom  6-attach belt to top of basket using super glue then clamp in place  7-flip basket over and glue a thin piece of wood to the bottom (I just snapped the end off a wood shim)  8-secure belt to wood with thumbtacks or nailhead trim  9-add felt pads to the basket’s bottom to protect your floor

And, voila, my once-plain basket now looks like it belongs in a house filled with antiques:
Dog-Toy-Storage-Basket-Makeover-Before-and-After

Best of all: the easy-to-access toy basket gets the Sophie Seal of Approval. Buh-bye little buffalo, looks like the bell has tolled for thee:
Sophie With a New Stuffed Dog Toy

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17 Responses

  1. EdwardThirlwall says:

    Good to know that your doggy toys are getting a good use out of them! It's quite difficult to find cheap and durable storage these days when it comes to these rascals. I’m glad to have found this tutorial so I can always "quick fix" any spoilt containers and the like when my pup rips things up. Cheers!

  2. tgerfnxq says:

    I love the fashion; I initially ordered the one–ended up exchanging for another and love tgerfnxq. I like the contrast in the chestnut suede and fleece– and so they even now go together with anything at all. Comfort & style!

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  5. DeanAshby says:

    This is a cool idea, and not just for my pets toys, but storage for magazines and the like. Although I don't need things to look so fancy, I'm sure the wife might appreciate some of her stuff being organized in a pretty storage container like the wicker basket.

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  7. hgtvcamille says:

    Hi Marilyn, sorry for the late response. Unfortunately, the blog doesn't ping us when someone comments on one of our posts. Anyway, most hardware stores typically display the spray stain next to the wood stain in cans — but, you're right, they may also stock it next to spray paint. Thanks so much for all the kind comments, you just made my day! :)

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...

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