Thursday, October 20, 2011

The outdoor armoire

Kids have lots of stuff, and lots of stuff for playing outside. Our Hamptons yard generally looks like there has been an explosion of toys. Since we have an area with a covered (not enclosed) porch, I placed an armoire outside to stow of my kids "outside toys" to eliminate the need to run in and out of the garage.
Inside the armoire I store hula hoops, balls, trucks, t-ball sets, a box of bubbles, a box of little explorer toys, a box of kiddie gardening gloves/tools, kites, pop-up tunnels and the list goes on...

I was not willing to try this "experiment" on an expensive piece of furniture, so I purchased this solid wood armoire from Craigslist. The armoire is indirectly exposed to the outside elements, so it does not get rained or snowed on which has kept it in good condition. 

Where do you keep your kids outside toys? Do you have a spot where you could place an "outdoor" armoire? 

10 comments:

Kerry said...

I really wish I had a spot for something like this. Yours is really fabulous, so much better than a plastic tub. As our youngest gets older toy storage is going to be a challenge.

The enchanted home said...

Brilliant and beautiful! Such a pretty remedy to hiding all the things you want out of your way when not in use!! Love it....sadly we are beyond the toy stage (never though I would miss them and our frequent trips to toy stores) but I used to have two huge buckets in the garage where we would store them, your idea is way more stylish:)

annie said...

What a great idea! It looks like a cabinet full of fun!

mwaxter said...

So smart. My kids have loads of things all over the placea and my husband bought one of those pretty fake stone looking garbage bins to throw everything into when we are having company or don't want our yard looking like a junk yard. This is very smart and so pretty.

Kathysue said...

Perfect and what a great idea!! I amgoing to have too put this in my memory bank!! xo Kathysue

Al said...

Great idea! Our kid's toys wind up on the porch, kind of all over the place. You've certainly found a neat storage solution, bravo.

The Buzz Blog said...

Thankfully at this stage, "toys" is a relative term - lots of footballs, baseballs, basketballs and such. The dog toys are the ones I pick up in the yard more often. Love the idea of an armoire to store outdoor things!
xxoo

The Zhush said...

With three kids and a covered porch of our own, I might need to steal this brilliant and stylish idea of yours!

Party Resources said...

Such a great idea! Happy weekend! xx

pretty pink tulips said...

What a brilliant idea!!! For now, all the boys are in the garage, but I love the look of this. So much prettier!!!

xoxo E