Have you heard of Legos?
You can’t possibly live in this house, and not have heard (or stepped on) Lego’s.
They’ve been requested for birthdays, x-mas, & every single trip to Target it seems.
I like Legos. I like them because the are a great use of your mind, and time. They challenge you.
So, when my mom agreed to give us her old TV armiore, I was thrilled, and moved it right in.
In doing this, I realized I had yet another piece of furniture I didn’t need. A coffee table that I’d gotten off Craigslist for about $6.00 with a set of other furniture. It was in semi decent shape, but I’m trying hard to eliminate the extra in our house, so I planned to ask around & see if anyone wanted it. That’s when I remembered this post from my lovely friend Jen. She rules. I remembered reading it, and thinking that my kiddos would love something like that too. In fact, I almost wish I’d copied her….oh well.
I decided to take this table (In black) and the one behind it and make the kids (and my nephew … ) and make them into lego tables.
I’ve seen lego tables on the internet and on craigslist for $50-200. Some were cool, but the ones in my price range were too small, or had little storage etc..
One is a coffee table, the other an end table. Since my sister lives in a 2 bedroom apt. I thought the end table would be better for my nephew.
As you can see, the coffee table is a bit beat up, but still sturdy.
Then I looked up how much a lego base plate is. They come in a few sizes and range in price from $5.00 to $30 depending on what you want. Because of the sizes of tables we were using, we opted for the smaller bricks. This way we wouldn’t need to cut any of them.
I pitched the idea to Joe, and then did some more internet research on how to get them to glue to the top of the table. Most I’d found used some form of cement that sounded really toxic & probably had a lovely odor to them. I decided to go with silicone caulk, because if it’s good enough to bind my counter tops, it should work for a lil ol’ lego table.
Here are all the supplies we needed (and we didn’t use nearly all of it).
Plus this handsome guy to help make sure it’s all done correctly
Total cost broke down like this:
12 “bricks” from the Lego store @ 4.99 each is $70.00
2 pkgs of sand paper with 3 pieces per pack) (only 2 of the 6 used) $1.50
2 tubes of silicone caulk (only one used) 4.00
2 tables. The end table I’ve had 4 10 years, and the other I paid 6 for 3 months ago.
Total cost ( I subtracted a bit for the crap I can return)
$73.00 for 2 Lego tables. Not that bad. You could even save more if you decided not to cover every inch of the surfaces, like we did on the larger table.
Priming the table with sandpaper
Gluing them down
From start to finish this took us 20 min tops, and we have let it set for 2 days with some totes and boxes on top.
UPDATE: The caulk didn’t stick very well. I think we needed to use more. We haven’t tried yet, due to life throwing some curve balls our way. Will update once we try it. :)
Also, we gave it, and the reaction wasn’t as enthused as I’d hoped…. instead Jack freaked out about Santa giving him boxer br