While the 80s was a great era with the big hair, rock music and neon bright colors, (they are making a comeback!) one thing that wasn’t was the furniture. The parquet insets and rounded corners – ugh! The smoke glass inset tables – no thanks!
ghetto fab 1980’s parquet table with glass insets
2’ x 4’ x 1/2” piece of MDF
6 LEGO Baseplates <–– Amazon link
Minwax Polycrylic <—Amazon Link
1. Cut the 1/2” MDF to cover the inside of the table. I chose 1/2” because I needed that size for the insets to be flush with the table. You want to create a lip so that the MDF insets will sit flush with the bottom ridge of the table when you put them in from the top of the table. Use Liquid Nails and an air nailer to set it in place.
2. Cut the MDF to the size of the insets. Mine were a bit rounded so we took some sandpaper to round the corners so that the pieces would fit in. You can see how the Lego bases fit on top of that.
3. Prime and paint everything. I used Stonewall Jackson from Dutch Boy which was leftover from my striped painted curtains. I also gave it 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic (sanding with a fine grit in between coats) just to give it some extra protection.
4. The Lego baseplates we cut with some sharp scissors to fit the MDF. Then I used some Liquid Nails to adhere those.
What is great about is now Isaac has 6 different stations to build. And the insets are still removable so he can move them if he wants to -although I threathen encourage that the Lego mess stay in his room.
My son is pretty proud of his Angry Birds Lego creation that he thought of all by himself.
And lets show a good before and after….
Have a child obsessed with Legos?
Here is another option for a lego table that is a bit thinner and easier to tuck on a wall.
Check out this Lego Ninjago Birthday Party
or this DIY Lego Lamp
Repost from May of 2013