If you remember, here was my initial vision for the toy box:
Here is what I found, I put it in Drew's room for the photos so I could get a feel for how it would fit. It has a hideous vinyl top with a yellow terry cloth upholstered seat under the vinyl. I have since taken off all the upholstery and had AJ remove the top (two of those screws were on way too tight for me to get them to budge). I'll sand down the box, remove the applique and stain it a darker color. I want the imperfections of the wood to show through and I'm definitely keeping the metal side pieces. I love the sort of industrial look.
And as for Drew, I don't think he cared too much about what I was working on in his room... he was too busy: