Thanks so much for voting each week over at So You Think You're Crafty! It's really been fun being a part of a craft competition. Stressful, but fun. We're in to week six- "Red" theme- over there, but I'm a little behind sharing my tutorials over here! So, this week, I'm sharing the project I made for the "Upcycle" theme.
Several years ago, we bought the IKEA Latt Table/Chair set for our daughter. Two more kids and a handful of years later, it's sure gotten its fair share of use and more! This thing was in rough shape! A lot of people would throw this to the curb. After all, IKEA furniture isn't exactly expensive or top-quality. I think it cost us $20 and it's been worth every penny.
But, I knew with a little love, I could take this table that looked ready for the trash and make it into something brand new.
Now, my son is HUGE into Legos, so of course a Lego baseplate was a must. But what to do with the rest of the table? I didn't want to mix and match plates, so my son and I decided to make the extra space into roadways for his cars. Here's his design, and I quote: "Let's put the Lego plate in the middle, and make some lanes over on the sides, but don't do anything at the top and bottoms so the cars can do some tricks!"
It might not be the design I would've chosen, but I have to admit, it turned out looking pretty great!
I adhered the Lego plate to the table with some Heavy-Duty Spray Adhesive. If you spray it on the back of the plate and on the tabletop, then wait for about five minutes as it becomes tacky, it will adhere really well!
The paint is a black enamel paint, and the lane dividers are permanent vinyl that I cut with my Silhouette. I finished off by cutting out my oldest son's name in Lego font for a fun personal touch.
My two Lego-loving, Hot Wheel-obsessed boys will love playing with this for (hopefully) many more years to come!