Many children love to build things with small interlocking plastic building blocks, but keeping up with the tiny blocks can be difficult to do. If you want your child to be able to build their master creations without creating a huge mess in your living room, consider turning a coffee table into a building station for them. The following guide walks you through the quick and easy process of creating a custom building station for your child.
Find the Perfect Coffee Table
The first thing you need to do is find the right coffee table for the building station. Get started by visiting local furniture stores. You want one that has a shelf built into the bottom of it so that you can store the building blocks directly under the building station to keep them close at hand for your child. Choose a rectangular building station, as the building plates typically come in a square or rectangular shape.
Sand Down the Table
You need to sand down the table so that it can be painted and so that the building plates can be easily glued into place. When sanding the table, use an 80-grit sandpaper so that you simply rough up the finish without actually damaging the table.
Glue the Plastic Plates
Next, you want to use wood glue to glue the plastic plates into place. Be sure that you leave an inch or two on the edges of the plate so that your child has a place to rest their elbows when they want to look at the design they are creating.
Tape off the Plastic
Once the glue has dried, use newspaper to cover all of the plastic plates and tape down the edges with painter's tape. This will protect the plates from being painted.
Paint the Table
Use spray paint to paint the table a bright, fun color your child will like. You want your child to look forward to playing with the building station, and customizing it to match their tastes may make it feel more special to them.
Once the paint is dry, remove the tape and newspaper. You can then place small baskets on the shelf under the table to store the tiny building blocks. You could store them by size or color to make building easier for your child. Once your child places the plastic building blocks onto the building plate, they will stay in place and not end up all over your floor for you to step on or suck into your vacuum.