DIY Lego Table Transformation

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!

How to make a Lego Table by Infarrantly Creative



However those rounded corners come in handy when you are trying to make a Lego table and looking for something with soft corners for a rambunctious boy.  I found this smoke glass inset table on Craigslist for a steal.  It was skanky and the neighborhood was sketchville but it was just the piece I was looking for to make a Lego table. After we fixed the shelf underneath by adding new screws we were ready to begin the transformation.

Parquet table with glass insets

Supplies:

ghetto fab 1980’s parquet table with glass insets

Liquid Nails

air nailer

saw

2’ x 4’ x 1/2” piece of MDF

paint

primer

6 LEGO Baseplates <–– Amazon link

sharp scissors

tape measure

paintbrush

Minwax Polycrylic <—Amazon Link

sandpaper

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.build a lego table

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.

Lego table plans

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.

Painted Lego table

4.  The Lego baseplates we cut with some sharp scissors to fit the MDF.  Then I used some Liquid Nails to adhere those. 

Lego table

DIY Lego table

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. 

lego-table

 

Lego table

My son is pretty proud of his Angry Birds Lego creation that he thought of all by himself.

Angry Birds Lego

And lets show a good before and after….

Before Lego Table

Lego Table

Have a child obsessed with Legos?

Painted Lego Bins

Lego storage

Check out this Lego Ninjago Birthday Party

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or this DIY Lego Lamp

diylegolamp

Repost from May of 2013





Comments

  1. What a FABULOUS idea! Tucking this away for the future…

  2. Truely awesome. I was laughing at your description of the table and neighborhood. Let’s just assume (and hope) these were not the type of people to have you on their blog list! Very, very cool idea–sooo many parents need this for their boys and girls! My 10 and 13 year old daughters have even been caught playing with Legos in the past year. CREATIVITY baby!

    • Hey, Kristin! Hehe… I have a feeling they will not be reading this post. ;) Legos are one toy that I really do enjoy playing with my kids. I guess they foster my need to create. Ha!

  3. Very cool, my daughters would love this! Pinning :)

  4. What a great use for the table. And I love that the inserts are removable. And your sons Angry Birds are pretty impressive too! Creative family :)

  5. Crazy creative! LOVE this! Kinda makes me wish I had boys! Girls can play with legos too, right?!

    • Definitely! You can see Kayla in the pic getting in on the action too. They actually make Lego sets that are geared toward girls – pink boxes and all. ;)

  6. This is such a great idea! I will be on the look out for one of these tables. I had one about 15 years ago and gave it away. Who knew?

  7. Brilliant! Sharing!

    :)
    Lisa

  8. Mindy Schaper says:

    Interesting. did you try hanging baskets from the six insets?

  9. WOW!! Seriously WOW! I wonder if my teen son will mind if I put one in his room? :)
    This is great Beckie! ~Sonya

  10. Really great job! I pinned it to show my daughter. Her son is three, and just getting into the Lego stage.

  11. Beckie, I so wish I had a table like this 10 years ago. With 4 boys, everyone of them loved their Legos. We have kept all of the Legos, and I have plastic bins full of Legos, stored under the beds. Legos is one of the classic toys that young, old and no gender play with! Awesome job on the table!

    • Thanks, Dede! And you are so right! They are a toy that I really enjoy playing with too. Maybe one day your grandkids will play with all those Legos and you can make them their own table for Grandma’s house. ;)

  12. Michelle says:

    Becky, truly awesome. I still hear that scraping-hand-through-the-Lego-bucket sound coming from my high school son’s room sometimes.

  13. Oh my goodness, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!
    Karen @ annumography

  14. hey!
    i was wondering where you got the lego head image?
    thanks!

    and love the table! we are in the middle of making one for my 7 year old and 5 year old!

    • I just googled Lego head and found one I could convert to black and white easily enough. I would love to see the table once you finish it!

  15. Richella @ Imparting Grace says:

    Two words: Awe. Some. Or just one word: awesome. Really. Bravo, Mom!!

  16. This is amazing!! I also love your description of the Craigslist neighborhood you picked it up from- why IS that always the case?? ;)

    • Thank you, Laurel! I love how the table came out and can barely tear my son away from it. As far as the shady neighborhood… at least it makes for a good story later on. HA!

  17. Jennifer Goody Hughes says:

    Love your Lego bins! Where did you get them??

  18. Amy Jo Trager says:

    WHOA! Awesome project. I scored some ugly side tables on the side of the road and have been considering making them into Lego stations. My girls are really into Lego Friends, and it would be fun to make a girly version of your idea!

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