Category Archives: Lego Projects

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Ahhhhh the Telephone Table…….an outdated and useless piece of furniture from decades past….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

 

 

 

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…………….

Lego Mini Figure Board Organization

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……

Lego Side Table with mini figure storage

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…….

 

Lego Coffee Table

I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t enjoy Legos.

Heck, I love Legos!!

I remember my sister and I receiving a case of Legos for Christmas one year…….BEST gift ever.  We played with them almost as much as we played Barbies (and we played a lot of Barbies in our day).

Well my kids both have developed the same love of Legos that I had when I was a kid.  We started with Mega Blocks and have recently graduated to Legos.  My son is traditionally a bit young for Legos, but after he saw The Lego Movie it was over…..no more Mega Blocks this kid insisted on the real deal!!

Luckily, while my son does not have a good track record when it comes to licking things……..the dog, floor, vents, doors and any other gross thing you can think of, he is actually good about not putting things into his mouth so the Legos haven’t been a problem for him (supervised of course).

My husband and I purchased a coffee table about 10 years ago…..before kids when we could have nice things.

Once our daughter came along we moved the table to her playroom as a “play table” for her little people.  Once our son came along the table was moved to my daughter’s room to keep her dollhouse off of the floor.  After the bunk bed project my daughter didn’t need the table anymore so it was moved to the basement in storage.

I decided to give the table yet another life.

Our table before it’s makeover…….

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Disclosure:  I made this Lego table a few months before starting this blog so there are not pictures of all of the steps, but I do plan on making additional tables and documenting better with pictures.

I went to work getting my materials.  I found out quickly that Lego baseplates are pretty pricey.  I bought mine online, which was a mistake when I saw that they are actually cheaper at the Lego store (who knew?) and there is no shipping cost.  We are lucky to have a Lego Store nearby so I now buy all of my Lego supplies there directly.

My Project List:

  • Table
  • Spray Paint
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Lego Base Plates
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Painter’s Tape

I started by taping off my table.  I knew that I wanted to keep the top black and paint the bottom shelf green, so I covered both top and bottom with newspaper and taped the edges down.  Then I sprayed all of the exposed table a dark blue and about 5 min later I removed my tape and let the paint dry.

After the blue dried good (I waited about 5 hours…..but letting it sit overnight is even better), I then taped off the blue section and I taped off a road for the bottom shelf.  Once the tape was down I spray painted the bottom green.  I removed the tape and let the table sit over night.

The next day I arranged the base plates on top of the table.  I had to cut a couple of them to get them to fit properly.

To cut the baseplates, I put a long Lego piece on the base plate where I wanted to make the cut and then ran a knife down the baseplate against the Lego……

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After a couple of swipes with the knife, the base plate snapped in a perfect straight line.

Once I had all of my baseplates cut, it was time to start gluing them down.  I put gorilla glue on the backs of my baseplates (be careful not to get the glue close to the edges as it does expand).  I set my plates on the table.

Next it is important to make sure the plates are the right distance apart in order to build on them as one big plate.  In order to do this, I placed Legos on all of the seams while the glue dried…….

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I did pull up the Legos a few times to make sure that the glue was not coming up through my seams (you definitely don’t want to have the Legos glued to the seams).  After I verified that the glue was not coming up through the seams, I placed the Legos back on the seam while the plates dried.

Next I took my acrylic paint and painted the road lines on the top and bottom of the table.

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After letting the table sit overnight, it was time for the kiddos to have at it………

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My original intention was to move this table to the kid’s playroom but it became a permanent fixture in the living room.  We play Legos everyday…… not just the kids either……

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This table has really given us a great opportunity to play together as a family.  We have frequently all sat around this table and just started building.

This table is something that I can see us having around for years to come.

Watch out for additional Lego tables coming soon………