Before & After – Lego Table

This Lego table / Lego storage project took a long time.

Normally, I would have whipped out a nightstand in a day or two, but this one was well over a week – mostly because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it.

This is the crappy nightstand that I started with:

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Awful. 

On the other hand, it also has nothing but potential – and I have nothing to lose (my favourite!)

 I started with a good sanding, and as you can see there were more than 3 layers of paint on this one.
I knew I was going to paint it, so all I was going for was a deep enough sanding to remove a few layers, any scratches or nicks and those pesky water marks.  It didn’t take long to get it to a nice, smooth surface.

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 While at Benjamin Moore for another project, I saw their colour of the season “Breath of Fresh Air” – so I bought a tester (which are pretty substantial in size!) and gave it a whirl.

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Love the colour, but still wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to use this little nightstand for?  Then I found an image in the Silhouette Studio that spoke to me…
“Boys at Play”.

Yup, with that one image it was decided that this piece was going to become a Lego table with storage for some little “Men at work”.  I even knew just the boys it would be for!

Leaving the back open means that a basket of legos can be shared between them without any arguing.

BRILLIANT! (even if I do say so myself)

I cut out some vinyl lettering and put it on the side of my soon-to-be Lego table, then did a very light coat of the blue so that the next coat wouldn’t bleed under.

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 Two coats of black over the outside:

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and then I peeled my adhesive vinyl sticker off (carefully).

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Because this is going to be a Lego table, and hopefully a well-loved one, I decided to put a coat of polyurethane over top to help protect the finish from scratches and spills.  No point making a play table if the kids can’t actually play freely on it right?

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Retrofit with a basket to hold all the Lego pieces.

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Now at this point I should have adhered Lego plates to the top surface…. 

but I don’t have any.

I don’t even know if they sell them separate from the building kits. (So you’ll just have to use your imagination.)

A Lego table, with Lego storage that is  open on both sides so the boys can share the toys!

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Use the drawer to keep all the characters separate, or to keep the building plan books close-at-hand.

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Another successful makeover – from what anyone else might call “garbage”.

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 Have a great one!

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One Comment

  1. Creative Dream May 24, 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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