I have my little great-niece coming over to my house on a regular basis. She always gets so excited when I make her new projects and I knew she was going to love this one.
I was given an old table about a year ago but the veneer was damaged and the drawer was missing. So felt painting it was my only option. After racking my brain as to what I could make with the table this was the outcome.
How to Make a Craft table
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The table at one stage had a drawer in it but the drawer did not come with the table, so the box gave me the idea to make a table with storage. I removed the tabletop which I will reuse later. If your table is all wobbly, now is a good time to glue it all back together again.
To box the table in I measured the length of the table and cut a piece of plywood to fill in the gap. I glued the plywood and used a nail gun to secure it in. Next, I cut some partitions so the table would be divided into different craft areas. I remove all the corners off the table with a wood router to make it more child-friendly.
How to make the tabletop
To cut the tabletop I measured the length and width of the table and cut the top using a circular saw. And then I realize that I did not leave any overhang on the top. Oops… To fix this I cut two pieces from the offcuts and glued it back on the sides and used ratchet straps to hold them in place and added a few screws for extra measure.
I cut the table legs down to 53cm using a Circular Saw so it would be the right height for a toddler. I chiselled out a section for the brass hinges and used a hinge drill bit to make my holes to attach the hinges.
Adding extra storage on the side
My table was not as deep as I would have liked. I wanted all the craft supplies to be able to stand up straight. So I added a little box to one side of the table. The box was made from the scraps from the tabletop and I used a pocket hole jig to make holes and used pocket hole screws to attach them all together. I used some scrap thin MDF to make a base for the box. And to make the table more child-friendly I routered all the corners off with my wood router.
Add extra craft accessories
Next, I wanted to add some extra features to the table. I added a whiteboard that slotted into the lid. To make the holder you can cut slots into the wood and slide the whiteboard into the slots.
I removed the frame from the whiteboard and on the reverse of the whiteboard, I will add a lego base plate. Your toddler can have the chose of both.
Painting the craft table
I sanded down the table with an orbital sander ready for painting. I am all for the easy way to do things so I painted the table first using Annie Sloan chalk paint and Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain & Glaze for the red then I put it all together.
Once all my paint was dry and I added 3 coats of water-based polyurethane to make the table more durable. I glue and used a nail gun to nail it all together again. I clamped the box to the table and screwed in the pocket screws.
Then I decided to go over the top and add a roll of kraft paper roll which runs across the table for the toddler to draw on. I ordered the wrong size the wider one will work better. The paper roll was fitted to the table using curtain brackets.
And used a scrap of aluminium to hold the paper down. I bought some cute flower pots to hold the craft supplies in the side box.
You cant have a craft table without a bench to sit on so I made a cute zebra bench to go with the table.
I repurposed an old bench into a unique sandpit desk which was a big hit if you are looking for your next project.
And TA-Da my creation was complete.
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Amy HalbergFebruary 25, 2019 at 6:35 pm
I’m so excited to have found you! You are so creative and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next !!!
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Anita HollandSeptember 26, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Thank you so much, I was fun making it. I kept coming up with more ideas for it.
IDN LiveSeptember 25, 2019 at 4:48 am
Nice article, waiting for you next article
Anita HollandSeptember 26, 2019 at 1:06 pm
Thank you so much, always doing new projects. Just need time to add them to my website.
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