For a while now I've been trying to figure out how to better organize the Legos and give the boys a better space to play then their small play table or on the floor where pieces get lost in the carpet or inevitably end up being chewed on in baby's mouth even though he's not allowed in the room with the Legos (they have a way of traveling all over the house). So after watching the Lego Movie I was inspired to make an organized Lego space where the boys would have a large workspace and organization system... just like a Master Builder... So what does any inspired Mom do? She consults Pinterest. I found a ton of different ideas... but most were just converted train tables or were tables that had a large work space but didn't offer any organization. I finally found a few ideas that used these Ikea organizers and the ideas just started flowing.
The hubs and I went that very day to get the organizers and tubs and then went to Home Depot and got the materials we would need to build the table top. Some of the ideas I found just had the two cabinets backed up to each other, but I really wanted to give them an even larger table top. We got a large piece of particle board and had it cut to 48" by 44" and then also purchased some 1"x2" trim pieces. I consulted with the paint guy and got Gripper Primer and Behr Ultra paint. We built the trim around the cabinets and then attached it to the bottom of the particle board. I didn't want to attach table top directly to the cabinets in case we ever want to repurpose them for something else. This way the tabletop fits snugly to the cabinets and won't shift or tilt if the boys lean to hard on it. After we built the tabletop we sanded down the top and sides to make sure that the surface was smooth. I painted two to three coats of primer to really seal in all the pores and make the surface smooth. Then I painted about 3 coats using the Behr Ultra. I used a foam roller so that I wouldn't leave any fabric/lint strings in the paint. Eventually we will probably add a trim around the edge of the table to keep Legos from falling off the table.
To be honest building and painting the table was the easy part... the real "fun" came when it was time to organize all the Legos. This was after Day 1 of organizing. You can still see we have a large mountain of Legos. (And this didn't include already made creations or the pile the boys kept siphoning away to play with.)
The biggest challenge was keeping this little guy occupied while we were working. He'd only handle being in the exersaucer so long, so mostly we tried to work during his naps.
Here's the final project! I did not label the bins yet. I want to make sure I have the boys input in naming each bin so that they can recognize what's written on the labels and can tell what's in each bin. I may add pictures to make it easier for Thing 2 to find what he needs.
Right side bins
Left side bins
The table top is 48"x44" so plenty of room for building to occur.
Their play table chairs even fit in case they want to sit down.
The boys love working at their new table and I love that everything's not all over the floor. They are really excited that everything has a place (and therefor is much easier to find) so hopefully they'll keep it somewhat organized. I am however the mom of three boys and not delusional...so my hopes aren't too high with that.
My two master builders in the making