How To Build a “Repurposed Building Block Table“
I saw something like this on Pinterest, and thought it was adorable. I went around to local thrift shops looking for one of these tables. Probably should have gone to an antique shop, since these were popular when I was little! 🙂 I finally found someone on a local FB selling page that had one for only $5.00! SCORE!! I love to make old things look new, and to be able to be used for different purposes. This is one that would be perfect for a kid’s room, or even for a grandparent to use for when they have kids over to their house. It could also be used as just a regular table, when they aren’t playing on it.
I sure hope that you like it!! Have a blessed day, and please be sure to comment below, and share this great reuse craft!!
- Old 2-Tier Table
- Tools (Ruler, Saw, Sander, Etc.)
- Building Blocks (Regular and Flat)
- Glue Gun
- & Time!
Start by finding a 2-tier table that you think will work. Don’t worry about the condition or color, etc. since you can paint it whatever color you wish. Once you get it washed, if needed, head out to your work area and measure the top shelf with the basket you are going to use. This will tell you where to start the cut for putting this piece in the furniture.
When you have that marked, use a drill to create a starting point for where you will saw out the middle piece.
Now that you have that point drilled out, you can then begin sawing out the middle portion.
GREAT, the cut is now finished!! (NOTE: You might have to trim and shape this area a few times for your basket to fit – DON’T CUT IT TOO BIG, it’s best to cut small and then just cut more for it to fit with a bit of the top of the basket still being able to sit out of the hole). Now you can use a belt sander to sand the whole piece. This will help for the new paint to stick and clean up any bad parts of the piece (stickers, splinters, etc.)
When you have it sanded to your liking, you can being painting. I just decided to use spray paint, since this will be played with and not treated like a priceless piece of furniture. If you wish, use a regular paint and brush to do this part. I didn’t want it to take that much time. 🙂
After you finish painting (you might need a few coats), just let it sit and dry overnight, or for a few days. Once it’s dry, you can start working with the flat building block sheets. I just measured and cut (2) 10″x10″ pieces to fit the whole front bottom portion. This will depend on the size of table and sheets you use, so don’t depend on those numbers for yours. 🙂 To trim the sheets, just use a ruler and a box cutter to go over the piece a few times and then snap it. You’ll want to make sure that you get a good cut by going over it a bit – it is kind of like doing stained glass with that little roller cutter, if you’ve ever seen that done – you have to make sure you get the line in there before snapping it, otherwise, it could come out jagged, etc. When you have all of the pieces cut, go ahead and glue them in, making sure to line up any separate pieces to line up, so that the building blocks will be able to go on them evenly.
When I was done with that, I started working on embellishing my basket. I used the large size building blocks and glued them around the edge, making sure they were in a spot where they would not be used for the leverage of the basket sitting in the table, since that might not work out so well. :/
After you get all of the bricks on the basket as you wish, you can then insert it into the hole in the top of the table.
Now you can go ahead and build to your hearts delight and allow the kids to actually have fun with the furniture!!
Hope you like it! Please take a minute to leave me a comment and let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc. Be sure to tweet, pin, share, etc. – thanks!!
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