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DIY Hot Wheels Storage & Display for all your Die Cast Cars!

April 11, 2019

Is your child obsessed with Matchbox Cars and you don’t know where to put them? I’ve got an easy way to make your own Hot Wheels storage display that any cars crazed kid will love.

Hot Wheels Storage Ideas
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Malakai is crazy for his cars and he has a bit of OCD tendencies when he wants to arrange them. They’ve got to be facing the correct way and he wants to know they’re going to stay that way. My husband and I came up with this toy car storage solution so that I won’t have cars all over my desk and they can be displayed just how he likes them. Create this Hot Wheels storage to make your life a little easier like it’s made mine.

If you didn’t know, Malakai was born premature so he really does have OCD tendencies when it comes to really anything. He will cry for longer than I like to admit and so for my sanity this had to happen. We also have about a 1500 sq. ft. house and so a large toy car storage solution isn’t very practical for us.

We used some inexpensive 3X.5″ planks and some L brackets to set this up. My husband also decided to give his brother my Ryobi nail gun so this was done the old-fashioned way with some nails and good ole elbow grease and some math. I’m glad it’s up though because his toy cars were getting out of control. 

Supplies for your DIY Toy Car Storage

  • 3X.5″ Wood Planks
  • L Brackets
  • Nails and Hammer or Nail Gun
  • Wood Putty
  • Mouse Sander and Sand Paper
  • Wood Stain
  • Cheesecloth
  • Drill
  • Wall Screws

How to make a Display for your Diecast Cars

We began by measuring the small area of our corner. Our cutout on this wall is 34″ high and so we began by figuring out how high we wanted it to go. I didn’t want it to be exactly where the wall cut off so we measured and cut two boards 32″ high as our endcaps.

We then measured how wide we needed the wooden planks for your car toy display. The other side of this corner wall is a large window so one side was longer than the other. The width on the smaller length of the wall is 34″ wide and on the longer side we cut the boards to be 50″ wide.

Cut your wood planks to those lengths and then cut one side on each board on a 45-degree angle to create the corner pieces and so that they’ll match flush.

The base of our toy car display is right on top of our baseboard. He can have cars on the floor and then build up the car display case and place them on each shelf having their eyes look right at him and he’s as content as can be.

How to attach your Hot Wheels Storage to the Walls

In the corners, we used the L Brackets so that the boards would not bend and they were supported. You can use a Kreg Jig but don’t ask me how to do it. This isn’t so much a permanent fixture in our home so I wanted it just to be up and something that can easily be taken down for when we move.

Secure one side of the bracket to the board before you assemble completely. Put two on each corner piece. Each board is 3″‘ apart, Use some finishing nails and secure the wooden planks together and then use your wood filler to fill in the nail hole and seams.

Wait for it to dry and then sand the wood filler as smooth as possible. Use a mouse sander because that’ll cut your time in half with that tool alone.

One thing we didn’t do while it was off the wall was stained it and that was the worst mistake we made. Stain your wood using some mixed stain and a cheesecloth. Wipe it on your wood and let it sit for a few minutes then wipe with a clean cloth.

​​​​​​​And just so you know, I did have to wait until Malakai was at the babysitter before I could arrange the cars the way I wanted them to look. They’re already on the floor. LOL

Home Decor

DIY Hairpin Leg End Table

April 6, 2015

DIY End TableThis DIY Hairpin Leg End Table was just as easy as my other DIY Side Table and costs were around the same except when it came to the legs. The longer the legs, the more expensive it’s going to get but you can for sure get away with only using 2 just like Alison with Two Thirty-Five Designs did with her table. That’s where I got the inspiration from for mine but I wanted mine to be portable and change locations whenever I felt the need!Kleenex First things first. I headed to Home Depot and grabbed the essentials. A 12″ board of Poplar wood and had them cut it on site. They cut two 22″ sections and 2 6″ sections. I grabbed some Rustoleum stain in the mini jars and the color that I chose is called Driftwood, a perfect washed grey. I needed some Gorilla Glue and some 1 1/4″ screws for my Hairpin Legs. Speaking of the legs, I grabbed mine here off Etsy. They were made to order, fast shipping and I was really pleased with the quality.

I began first with sanding and staining the wood. Of course, the parts where the saw left those brittle cuts on the wood, those were going to be the inside of the table. However, I wanted to be sure and get a good covering on the wood. I only did one coat and this was my first time using this stain. I really liked it. I just wiped it on and let it sit for 2 minutes to get the look I wanted and then took a lint free cloth and wiped it off. I set it aside to dry for about 2 hours. Ryobi Air StrikeThen it was time for the assembly. It’s literally a box. I started with a piece of the 22″ board and a 6″ piece. I placed some glue along both edges that were going to be touching and I then used my Ryobi AirStrike nail gun and nailed them in place with 1 1/2″ finishing nails. I did the 6″ sections on both ends of the 22″ base and then laid the other 22″ top on top of the other pieces.

Gorilla GlueThis is when they say clamps are necessary but did I have them, no. I picked them up at the store but I didn’t know what size to get, if I’d ever use them again so I put them back. Get some so you don’t strain yourself. Even though these pieces were cut square, they weren’t nailing together square so I had to do some maneuvering. I got it into place but it’s not perfect and I’m ok with that, you may however not be. It’s completely up to you. Ryobi Drill TableNow that the box is assembled, go ahead and grab your drill and hairpin legs. You want to be sure that your screws will be able to penetrate the wood so begin by marking the holes. Then take an awl and dig into the wood a bit or hit the awl with a hammer to create a divot. Now if you want you can take the extra step and use some liquid nails to really secure the hairpin legs or just screw it directly to the wood like I did.

I just used some spray poly and allowed it to dry for 48 hours in my garage and now it’s up in my master bedroom. I’ve got plans to paint my walls a creamy white and to add some accessories. Robin’s Egg Blue sort of weighs on you after a while…it’s still a pretty color though, it’s just time for a change. Hairpin Leg TableI really like the weaving that I did with some fabulous bloggers one night, Remodelaholic, Amy Robison, and The Project Girl. We had so much fun together and we got a little wild. 

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