Monday, November 12, 2012

Make a LEGO Table from an Old End Table {DIY}


I wanted a LEGO table for my son that looked more like my furniture and less like a preschool, and preferably at a fraction of the cost. By making one myself from an old end table, a solid beautiful piece of furniture is exactly what I got.

First, I found an end table at a garage sale for only $5. It was solid wood, but oh my gosh was it dirty. I mean, cobweb central. I almost didn't buy it, but I knew it would be perfect. Then, it sat in my art room all summer, because I just didn't want to tackle the mess. Anyway, as the LEGO's began taking over my house, I knew I had to put on my big girl pants and fix up the table. 


I began by taking off the bottom half of the table, where the missing drawer was. I had to use my mini screwdriver because of the position of the screws, which was a less than awesome experience for my knuckles.

Then, I took off the drawer section and put just the base back on. 
I knew I wanted to let the wood-grain show through, so I gave it a coat of dark (almost black) stain.



I wanted to give it a little height, so that it was at just the right level for my son to play comfortably, so I added wooden craft balls to the bottom. They already had drill holes in them, so they were perfect. I stained them the same dark color.


I ordered three 10x10 baseplates from the LEGO shop online. I got a little lucky with these, because I had some LEGO points (I told you my son has lots of LEGO's, right?) that I was able to cash in, so I only paid about $8 for all three.
To make them all fit perfectly, I had to cut one of them in half using an X-Acto knife. I attached them to the top of the table with Gorilla Glue. So far, it's held up just fine. If, however, in the future it starts to loosen up and come off, I'll try something a little stronger.



Not too bad for a garage sale end table, right? 










My mission has been accomplished. A lovely piece of furniture for a kids toy, for under $15. 
I hope this has inspired you! 


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23 comments:

NYCSingleMom said...

Great idea

Susan said...

Very creative!
Love the cobwebs photo. LOL.

DallyGirl said...

Followed over from The Gunny Sack! This is such a great idea! I have a table in my furniture stash that would work perfectly for this. Now I know what to do with it :)

Kammy's Korner said...

Oh my word. I hate the tacky looking tables they have for kids at the store - way to make a beautiful piece of furniture that's fun for you kids!!! Love it and pinning it! Thanks for sharing.

Shannon said...

Love it and pinning it! We dont' have small legos yet, but I know in a few years they too will take over the house. Great idea. Thank you for sharing!

Marina@EBMR said...

That is absolutely awesome. WOW!

Rita said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly Burtelson said...

Will have to try this! Have been thinking about what to do with all the Legos for a while now, thanks for the idea!

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

Beauty meets function! And I love the storage space underneath for more legos.

jenny at dapperhouse said...

SO AWESOME!!!! Very creative and great idea...a upscale, decorative lego table - Love it!!!

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!!
--Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

ATLanta Saving Moms said...

Wonderful and cute all at the same time. :)

Tulip TrueAim said...

Such a cool table! We are huge Lego fans. I am a new follower. Hope to see you at True Aim! Thanks for sharing.

Hani Shabbir said...

Great idea. So doing this when my little one grows to the lego age. :) Thanks for linking up. Pinning it!

Jess said...

Such a good idea! I am definitely inspired!

Amy said...

Fantastic!! We made my 4 yr old son a DIY Lego table for his b'day, but it's not as furniture-y looking as yours is...I'm jealous! Thanks for sharing it at Shine on Fridays!

Janelle said...

Nice work! What a great idea!

Amanda Chase said...

This is one of those ideas where I am thinking "why didn't I think of that." Going to be moving next summer and this might be a project that gets introduced into the playroom first thing :)

Tonna @ Navy Wifey Peters said...

Thanks for sharing at last week's Submarine Sunday link party! I featured this cool lego table at this week's party. I hope you'll link up again this week, and don't forget to grab a feature button!

T'onna
http://www.navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-7.html

Mandie said...

this is serious awesome!

Ashley T said...

That is awesome! My boys don't play with legos that much but I'm sure they will when they get older and they would love this!

Mariel said...

So fun! I would love to have you come share this or any of your great ideas at the link party on ‘Or so she says…' There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

decorumdiyer said...

This is great! I am actually working on the very same project for my son right now. But, shhhh, don't tell, 'Santa' is bringing putting it under the tree.

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