Fun with Legos on a Retro Table

Over at Fussy Monkey Business, Crystal had this cute little end table sitting in her attic for years.  One evening, while playing Legos with her son, she realized exactly what she needed to do with that table.

Fussy Monkey Business lego table before

The old table was sturdy but most of the finish was worn off.  Crystal used a jig saw to cut out most of the upper shelf.  She applied several coats of bright red spray paint.  She attached a Lego plate to the bottom half of the table with liquid nails, and inserted a basket for easy brick storage in the upper half, where she’d cut out an opening.  The result is a perfect end table for a playroom, creating storage and play space for Legos!

Fussy Monkey Business lego table after

Get all the details on this makeover at Fussy Monkey Business.

Toy Shelves from Paint Buckets

At the Oh Oh Blog, Ama says that she needed an inexpensive way to add some off-the-floor storage to her playroom.  She had a great idea for making cute wall shelves by upcycling plastic paint buckets.

Old paint buckets aren’t hard to find, and Ama dressed hers up with a few good coats of intentional paint to cover the unintentional splatters of old paint.  The round shape of the buckets puts a fun twist on traditional shelving methods.  Round shelves like these are a perfect way to add a whimsical touch to a kid-friendly space.

You can learn more about how Ama made and installed these shelves at Oh Oh Blog.

Play Kitchen from a Nightstand

Jenna at SAS Interiors was trying to figure out a way to make a little kitchen for her two year old daughter, who loves to play with pretend food.  So when Grandma showed up with this old nightstand–a thrift store night stand, Jenna knew she could turn it into the perfect spot for her daughter to play.

With a little inspiration from Pinterest and a lot of her own creativity, Jenna completely transformed that old dresser into the cutest little kitchenette ever!  I adore the darling orange trim and the fun of an oven drawer.

You can check out all the fun details and how-to’s of this project at SAS Interiors.

Dress-Up Clothes Peg Rail

Sarah of Crafting and Creativity shares on Before It’s News how she repurposed an old kitchen drawer front to hanging storage for her kids’ dress-up clothes in just a few simple steps.

dress-up clothes hanger before- edit (1)

A little paint, a few knobs, and say hello to neat and organized dress-up clothes! I love that the wall rack allows the kiddos to see their wardrobe options {wink} as opposed to stowing them away in a bin.

DIY Play Clothes Board (8) edit

Check it out at Before It’s News.

T-Shirt Light Cover

I know we’ve all got about a million old t-shirts lurking in the corners of our drawers and closets. Why not upcycle them into a fun light cover like Jade from The Jaderbomb Blog?

old t shirts

This project involves cutting the shirts into strips and then weaving them together with a hula hoop to create a cone-shaped light cover. With its colorful, casual look, I think this cover would make a cute addition to a kid’s bedroom or playroom.

t-shirt light cover

Get the how-to at The Jaderbomb Blog.

Play Ice Cream Parlor

Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase shares a fun repurpose project that started with a yard sale changing table. Holly’s daughter loves ice cream, so creating her very own parlor seemed the perfect way to upcycle the table.

changing table to ice cream parlor

Holly went all out creating this ice cream parlor for her adorable daughter. You’ll just have to go to her site to check out all the bells and whistles from the “retractable” awning to the hand-stitched ice cream cones. There are so many directions you could go with this idea. With some creativity, your standard changing table could become a grocery store, a puppet theatre, or even a parking garage!

changing table to ice cream parlor

Find the tutorial at My Sister’s Suitcase.

Handpainted Forest Table

Catherine from Paisley & Polka Dot Threads had been on the lookout for a desk for her daughter’s room. When she saw this little table sitting in the rain, she grabbed it up for the job. It was pretty nasty, but that kind of comes with the roadkill rescuing territory.

curbside table 

Catherine’s plan for the table’s makeover involved handpainting a magical forest on the tabletop. Catherine says, “The design features a little girl, a squirrel, snail and other forest creatures, as well as words I hope will inspire her.” I am so glad the dirt and other nastiness didn’t stand in the way of Catherine creating this darling table!

magical forest refabbed table

Get all the details at Paisley & Polka Dot Threads.

Book Jacket Wall Art

Libby from PSA Stamp Camp recently transitioned her daughter to a big-girl room. While the whole space is just awesome, my attention was especially caught by Libby’s creative repurpose for her daughter’s book jackets. I totally agree with Libby that these are really just a nuisance, as they always fall off and end up being destroyed.


Libby adhered the cover art to canvases and then sealed them with Mod Podge to create bright, colorful artwork that is perfect for a kid’s bedroom or play area. I am seriously going to go rescue all my book jackets now before they are no longer art-worthy. This is too cute!

Bookjacket wall art

Check out the whole room at PSA Stamp Camp.