I allow– nay, encourage — both kids to get down and dirty with the building projects. I want to pass the family tradition of DIY and
hoarding repurposing common household items. Thus I started collecting ideas for repurposing an old crib about 2 years ago.
I love pinterest– I really do. However, long before wireless internet access and 4G networks, Good Housekeeping showed up in the mailbox. Women like Heloise shaped how I thought about housekeeping– and pantyhose.
Playing with Barbie to the background music of This Old House and Victory Garden adds up to more than a decade’s worth of subliminal suggestion. Mixing that with Wrath of Khan and the Shaolin Monk and… yeah, my formative years molded me eclectic.
Teaching children to see the world through the lens of creativity? Sort of my thing. The satisfaction of using real tools, of touching real wood cannot be replicated by Little Tyke.
When I repurposed the crib into their lego table, I had two very willing helpers.
An admitted side bonus of having them enjoy my hobby means that they are usually tolerant when I say “no, you can’t help paint with oil-based primer”. Usually.
Both of my babies slept in this crib–and my oldest starts kindergarten on Monday– but the Dropside of Death meant sending it to a landfill. Landfill? No way.
This past January, when I was deep in the swamp of kitchen cabinet painting, the boys and I did a side project on their crib.
Here– let me detail the steps:
1) find your crib.
2) wipe it off
5) assemble three of the sides, leaving the 4th one available for a mystery project
Legos were assembled, children were happy, mom went back to being covered in white cabinet paint.
Then this started happening.
Granted if you replaced Legos with sticky notes, receipts, and pony tail holders their table looks a lot like my desk… still.
Now, thanks to my handy Lego Storage System I: