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Minecraft Valentines

My daughter’s first grade “class list” for valentines arrived in her back pack the other day reminding me that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.

When I was in school we always made valentines boxes which was so much fun.  But my daughter’s school doesn’t do the boxes which is a bummer so we (mainly I) have made our own valentines for her class instead.  We try to make valentines that reflect whatever she is passionate about at the time…..Preschool we did superhero valentines and kindergarten was all about zombies.  This year it was a no brainer……Minecraft!!

My daughter is always drawing Minecraft characters on the back of her school papers and this week it even made it into her class journal….

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We decided to make perler bead Creepers.  She made exactly one Creeper until she had to quit because her “wrist was hurting” so that left me to make the remaining 24 Creepers.

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But the awesome thing about this project is that I discovered a way to melt the beads without melting my bead board…..painter’s tape!!

I took painter’s tape and pressed it down over my Creeper….

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When I lifted the tape the Creeper came with it…..

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I then covered with my ironing paper and ironed the creeper.  Super easy and no melted bead board!!

After all of the Creepers were created I cut up some thin poster board and created valentines……

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The boys are getting green Creepers and the girls are getting the pink Creepers.  All that is left to do is have my daughter write her name on the bottom of each of these, which I am sure she will be happy to do on the first 5 and then it will become a challenge.

During the whole process my 3-year-old son kept asking where Steve was.  Needless to say he ended up with his very own Steve…..

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Thanks for stopping by………

 

 

Telephone Table Gets a Lego Makeover

Ahhhhh the Telephone Table…….an outdated and useless piece of furniture from decades past….

A few months back my mom discovered an old telephone table that we used to have in our house when I was a kid.  I still remember the old rotary phone sitting there with the papers and pens ready to take messages when someone called…..the good old days……

Mom asked if I was interested in giving it a facelift.

I had seen a lot of great telephone table makeovers and I definitely wanted to give it a go.

Below is the table pre-makeover…….

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This piece of furniture just screamed, “LEGO TABLE!”

After cleaning it up and sanding it down a bit I painted the flat surfaces black (I love to make roads on my Lego tables).  I let the paint sit overnight and then taped off my roads and spray painted the rest of the table blue.

Next it was time for the Lego base plates.  I laid them out and cut a few to make them fit properly.

Base plates are pretty easy to cut.  I took a long Lego piece and swiped a razor blade down the side of the Lego a few times.  Then I bent the plate till it broke……..

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After my plates were cut, I spread Gorilla glue on the back of the plate (I was careful to keep from the edges as it expands) and pressed the plates in place on the table.  Once all of the plates were down I placed Legos along the seams……..

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Once in a while I would pop the Legos off of the seams to make sure no glue was coming up through the seam and then put them back on the seam.  If there is glue coming up through the seams gently wiped it away with a rag (when I see glue in the seams I am extra vigilant with my seam holding Legos because I don’t want to accidentally glue them to the base plate).

Once the plates were dry I painted my road with acrylic paint.

The finished table……..

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I like that the telephone table offers two separate building spaces.

This table is going to have a new home at my sister’s house.  I am going to put a big bow on it and give to my nephew’s for Christmas.  I am hoping it gets lots of playtime 🙂

Until next time…..Thanks for stopping by

 

 

 

Chalkboard Night Stand

My mom  picked up an awesome side table for me at the Thrift Shop for $10 a few weeks back.  I figured the long Labor Day weekend was the perfect time to conduct a makeover.

Well here is the not yet so fabulous $10 table………..

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I LOVE the sea foam green color that I used for my daughter’s chalkboard dresser and the black chalkboard paint really has great contrast against its brightness. I just so happened to have 2 cans of spray paint that were similar to that color so this was the perfect opportunity to use them and I always have chalkboard paint on hand (I love chalkboard paint like I love Lego base plates)

My project list:

  • Table in need of love
  • Spray Paint
  • Sassy New Knobs
  • Chalkboard paint
  • De-glosser
  • Sponge
  • Painters tape
  • Newspaper
  • Paint Brush

First I wiped down the table and used de-glosser to take off some of the finish.  Took out the drawer and tossed the knobs. Then it was time for painting.  I taped off the top of the table with painters tape and newspaper and taped off the drawer (so I was only painting the face of it).  I spray painted both the drawer and table…..took about one can of paint and about 3 coats.  I took off the tape and let the table sit for 2 nights.

After letting the table sit I taped off the part I painted prior and then spread my chalkboard paint on the top section it took about 2 coats.

After letting it sit again for a few hours I added my sassy new knobs……..

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I love these knobs!!  They remind me of old school soda fountain stools…..I know random, but they do!!

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So then the issue was what in the world am I going to do with another table.  Well just so happens that we needed a new nightstand so it worked out.

And bonus!!  Now I can write reminders for myself or the husband……or just a morning message.

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Thanks for visiting!!

More makeovers to come………

 

 

 

Checker Board Table and Peg People Battles

This summer I had planned on getting up early and hitting garage sales for some furniture to make over.  Every time I got motivated enough to hit some sales it was well after 2pm and we all know only the crap is left after that time.

So, one day I decided to take a trip to the thrift shop instead.  It had been YEARS since I had been to a thrift shop and I was floored at how much furniture they carry (who needs garage sales).  I picked up 2 small tables for CHEAP and was on my way.

My new $6.99 table………

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The first table I picked up that day I made into a Lego table (shocker!).  This 2nd one I decided to make into a game table.

My Project List:

  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Spray Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Newspaper

I thought checkerboard…..easy peasy right?

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No!  Not easy!  I taped and retaped and painted this thing about 4 times!!  The 4 times is not counting the 2 times that you have to retape it anyway to get the checkerboard pattern…….so it was more like 8 times.

If I actually measured things and didn’t just eyeball them, I am sure this would have been 10 times easier.  Measuring is definitely something that I could stand to work on…….but I am not that patient and this is just for fun anyway 🙂

Well this is the end result of the table……..

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Not perfect, but it will do 🙂

Now to make some game pieces.  We decided to do peg people battles.

First up is my daughter’s favorite, Plants vs. Zombies………

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Next we have the Zombies vs. Gentlemen……………

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And lastly we have Ninjas…………….

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I painted a few spools to use as “King Me Pedestals” also.

Here is the board all ready to go, plus an extra Zombie that wondered on the playing field. (Yes, I know this is not regulation checkers….too many rows in the middle and only room for 11 and not 12 pieces)……..

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I painted the black with chalkboard paint in order to have a spot to keep score.

Now it was time to teach my 6-year-old how to play checkers…….

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This MAY have been almost as challenging as painting the table.  She is not exactly a good sport.  There were tears every time I took one of her guys and shouts of “in your face” when she took mine.  With time that will change……I hope.

Until next time……..

 

 

 

Lego Mini-Figure Board

Legos are great, but they are messy and oh how they hurt when you step on one!!

I stumbled upon a fantastic Blog called cleanandsentsible on Pinterest a while back and she has a lot of fantastic Lego organization ideas.  One that I really fell in love with was the Lego Mini-Figure Board.

My nephew is a huge Lego fan and has lots of mini-figures so it was a no brainer that I definitely had to make this for him for his birthday.

I love this idea not only because it organizes the Lego guys but it also showcases them 🙂

My project list:

  • Poster-Sized Frame
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Primer
  • 4×2 Lego Bricks
  • Paint Brush
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Sand Paper

To start, I took the plastic out of the frame and roughed it up with some sandpaper then covered it in a coat of primer.  Once the primer dried I put two coats of chalkboard paint on the plastic.

After all of the paint was dried, I put the plastic back into the frame and grabbed my Lego Bricks to organize them on the board.

I used my ruler and a pencil to get the spacing right.  Once I had everything where I wanted it I got out my trusty Gorilla Glue.  I glued the Lego bricks to the board (be careful not to use too much glue because it does expand).

Once the glue dried It was time to add a few guys to jazz it up…………….

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We wrote the names of the new mini-figures on the chalkboard background.

My nephew was very happy with is new mini-figure board……

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I would love to make a few more of these in the future for my kiddos, but right now my son needs them down low where he can reach them easily or I am going to be constantly taking them on and off the board for him 🙂

Until next time………..

 

Lego Side Table

I have a bit of a Lego obsession, I know 🙂

I picked up 2 tables at the thrift shop the other day (spent less than $20 on them, which was fantastic).  I knew I wanted to makeover at least one of them a Lego table.

I chose this table/nightstand for my project:

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My project list:

  • Large Lego Base Plate
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray Paint
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Gorilla Glue
  • 2×4 Lego Pieces
  • Scraper
  • Screwdriver
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Knife

I started by scraping off the stickers with the scraper, taking off the knobs with a screwdriver and running sandpaper over the outside of the table to rough it up to be spray painted.

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Next I sprayed the knobs silver.  One of them fell over after I painted it so I had to touch it up after this picture…………

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Then I taped up the drawers and table top and sprayed the exposed area Red.  I let it sit overnight.  The next day I taped up the red part of the table and sprayed the top black and then it was time to wait again……

The next day…….here are the results after spray painting and putting the knobs back on…….

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Now I was ready for the fun part!  Legos!!!!

My son LOVES Lego mini-figures and he has tons of them.  We are always trying to track down all of their parts because he likes to switch their clothes, heads and accessories constantly.  I figured having a spot for him to keep his mini-figures would help us locate them easier.

I turned my table on it’s side carefully (paint is dry to touch, but still delicate).  Then I Gorilla glued my 2×4 Legos to the side of the table in the order I wanted them.

Here is the table on it’s side while drying……..

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After the bricks were dried (about 2-3 hours), I turned my table right side up and started planning how I wanted the base plate positioned.  I wanted enough room to put a road on the top of the table for my son to drive his Lego cars around.  The base plate I had needed to be cut to accomplish this.

I took Legos and placed them where I wanted to make my cut.  Then I ran my knife down the side of the Lego a couple of times………

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After running the knife over the spot a couple of times I bent the base plate down…..

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And then I pulled it apart………

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It comes apart very easily.  If it is not coming apart easy then the knife needs to be run across a few more times.

Next, I needed to take the part I just cut off my base plate and add to the other side to position the way I wanted on the table top.

I used spare Legos to attach the base plate to the piece I just cut off………

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Then I turned over the base plate and added the Gorilla glue.

I was careful to not get glue near the edge of the base plate or seam since it expands……..

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I positioned the base plate the way I needed it on the table top (keeping the Legos holding the seam in tact).  After 30 min or so, I did lift the Legos off of the seam to verify that no glue was coming up through.  Once I saw that the glue stayed put under the base plate I put my Legos back on the seam until completely dry.

Next it was time to paint my road……..

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Here is a picture of the completed table……

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My son even has two drawers to store his Legos…….

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He is anxious to play with the table, but I plan on letting it sit for a few days yet before I let him have at it.  The spray paint takes a few days to really set in.

Stay tuned for more Lego tables to come…….

 

Captain America Table

So recently my 2-year-old has had a major obsession with Captain America, aka “Cap Merica”.  I just so happened to have a small table that I saved from being thrown out from our last family garage sale and figured that I could give it a little “Cap Merica” makeover.

The table in question…….

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My project list:

  • Captain America Comics
  • Copy Paper
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Spray Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Circle Maker (not sure what the official term is)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Newspaper
  • Paint Brushes
  • Scissors

I started by spray painting the entire table blue.  I should have sanded it down but didn’t……I did this one on a whim 🙂

My blue table…….

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I then took my scissors and cut up a perfectly good Captain America comic…….made a pile of good pictures and then the meh pictures.

Then it was time for my favorite part…..mod podge!!

I put a layer of mod podge on a section of the table and put down my first layer of comics (the meh ones)………

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Then it was time for the good pictures.  After putting another layer of mod podge on the table I started laying my good pictures on top……

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Then it was time to cover the table in mod podge……

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Next I wanted to make Captain America’s shield for the center of the table.

I pulled out my circle cutter (not sure what the official term is) and cut out a circle from a piece of copy paper……..

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Once I had my circle cut out, I painted it with acrylic paints to look like Captain America’s shield……..

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I mod podged the shield to the center of the table.  At this point my son was going crazy trying to touch the table and yelling, “Cap Merica! Cap Merica!”  Needless to say the table had to spend the night in the garage drying to keep him from touching.

The next morning I taped up the top of the table and the legs and spray painted the edges of the table red……….

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Now reveal time!!

My son’s new “Cap Merica” table……..

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Not bad for a table that was heading to the garbage.  He is thrilled and now he has another place to play with his superheroes.

Here is my son checking out his new table……….

Thank you for stopping by.

More table makeovers to come……..