Months ago, I bought an old solid wood toy box for Alvin. It was a steal for $15 at the flea market. Since then, we've been using it in the living room to store all his wooden trains and tracks for his train table. It's functional, but it's not exactly what I'd choose for a toy box. (I think they should be colorful. They are storing toys after all.) So, today, I drug out the orbital sander and got to work.
Here is the toy box before I began the make over. You can see it's just a typical brown stained wooden toy box. Clearly no fun at all. That's all about to change.
So, I grabbed the orbital sander and got to work. I went over it first with 80 grit sand paper to rip the old stain and sealer from the wood. Then went back over it with 220 grit sand paper to make it smooth. Here is the toy box after being sanded. Little bit of warning, if using an orbital sander, use gloves. They will minimize the numbing effect of the sander on your hands. After sanding, make sure to wipe with a tack cloth to get all sawdust off of your wood.