I was born in the 80’s so I know what a cassette tape is, however, the first music that I ever purchased was in the form of a CD. That said, I really didn’t have a good use for this cassette tape holder that we inherited with the house. It had been hanging, empty, in the coat closet until today when I glanced at it and thought what a perfect train storage unit it would be with some slight modifications. And my kids have recently been gifted a lot of hand me down trains so they will definitely put a train storage unit to good use! The most satisfying projects are turning unloved items that you already own into something either you or a loved one will adore, don’t you think?
This is what the cassette tape holder looked like before the modifications.
The width of the columns are perfect to fit the Thomas engines, but to accommodate the height of the engines 2 out of every 3 shelves need to be removed. The shelves of this unit are made of balsa wood so I just used a pair of tin snips to clip the shelves out.
Here’s a picture of the unit as I was clipping out the shelves. Look how perfectly those engines sit in the new openings!
After clipping out the remaining shelves that were in the way all that was left to do was to hang it by the train table. Of course you could paint it if you want, but we have lots of this color wood in the play room so I didn’t bother with that.
The kids got to work right away filling their new train storage unit with all of their trains (and even some construction trucks and matchbox cars!).