It’s funny how some things are meant to be. My friend, Sue is a buyer for Shoppe No. 5. Sometimes she will come across an item she thinks will work. This time she bought a very plain bed tray. Then I saw an idea on Pinterest, Kara, who blogs at The Joys of Boys shows how to create a cute LEGO tray. I immediately knew what to do with the plain tray. So this is how to DIY a LEGO table the easy way. I figured this is perfect for the grandparents to have on hand for when the grandchildren visit.
Of course I wiped the tray down with cleaner and then lightly sanded the wooden frame of the tray. The LEGO base plates are in the primary colors of blue and green so I decided to use the rest of the colors from the color wheel, red, orange, yellow and purple.
I decided the best product for this project is Poppies Paint Powder. One reason is because I already had the colors I needed in paint samples but more importantly since this project is for a child I wanted to make sure the paint would be safe. Poppies Paint Powder is made with food and pharmaceutical grade minerals and the wax is an all-natural beeswax.
So let’s get started. I taped off the tray part and mixed up a small amount of the purple paint. To mix a small amount it is 1 part powder, mix with a little water and 4 parts paint. The paint literally glides on. I used artist brushes since the area is small. It took a total of three coats plus some touch up where I was a little sloppy.
Then on to the next color, red. Red is such a bold color a little goes a long way.
I used orange on the pieces that connect the tray legs to each other and the final color, yellow on the legs.
I ordered the plates and worked on the tray while I was waiting for the delivery. The cool thing is the company emailed me the instructions to install the plates on my project. I love a company with good customer service. The link is below.
In order to make sure the base plates will work you have to have LEGO bricks. Lucky for me I bought a small package and had a piece to use as a guide. Then a friend let me borrow some of her little boys LEGO bricks. I did discover the tray is not perfectly square so after I glued down the plates I took a small brush and painted out the white space in the purple.
I was so pleased with how to DIY a LEGO table the easy way. And to make it even easier you don’t even need to paint it. But it is prettier painted don’t you think?
I Just Cannot Stop Pickin
Even with a garage full of stuff I just cannot stop pickin, read here, here and here for other past adventures. On the way to an appointment I decided I had time to stop at a little historical area that has a St Vincent De Paul’s thrift store along with a few vintage/antique shops.
And I did have a purpose, I needed to stock the shop. And because the tiered stands I made sold, I wanted to make more. I needed supplies.
That was my downfall. I found 2 wooden bowls, which is good but then I saw it. A plain, little table with a drawer.
It was reasonably priced plus 20% off. So I would regret it if I didn’t buy it. I have plenty of those regrets for not getting something and going back and duh of course it isn’t there.
Not happening this time. Besides little tables with a drawers do quite well. So since I still had time, I stopped at an antique store that was actually open. Generally when I am in the area the store is closed. The dealer specializes in midcentury modern but has a myriad of items.
I really could have spent a longer time browsing but needed to get going. Not before I spied a wash tub. It looks like it is cross between enamelware and galvanized metal. The proprietor told me the price, I put it down and then told myself it really is worth it. It came home with me.
Now I was in the mood so after my appointment I was driving by a big box thrift store and thought why not. I found some candlesticks and met a very nice lady who was looking for candlesticks also. She was going to make a bird feeder. I was going to make tiered stands.
This particular thrift store sells mostly clothes and has a very small furniture area but why not look. I saw the most beautiful chair. Ok maybe not in its present state but I know I will make it beautiful.
So even though I don’t need to go thrifting I just cannot stop pickin. I even included a picture of a picnic basket, lamp and paper towel holder that I bought last week. I have it bad. I am afraid I will miss the perfect treasure. Is that how you feel?