Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A Children's Play Table - on a Budget!

The reality of a baby being here in just under 12 weeks is making me panic about just how much I need to do and organise in a relatively short time (plus Christmas in the mix!). One of the many projects that I am working on at the moment is converting our third bedroom in to a nursery for #2. This means that the bigger project to deal with first, is dealing with all of the mess, toys and my clothes being stored in this room - tell me that we all have a junk area, don't we?!!

Previously this room was set up and used as a playroom, which was great. I loved having all matter of toys stored in here and being able to close the door of a night if it was just too hard to pack everything up. But sadly, with only having a 3 bedroom home, the luxury of having a dedicated playroom has come to an end.

I am fortunate that a few years ago, we added a family room on to our home, which means that we can have a space for adults (our lounge) and now a space that we can share as a family - our family room. So I am currently converting the family room in to a space which will also serve as a play area too - watch this space!!
 
One of the must have items for this area, has been the inclusion of a little table that can be used for play as well as for snacks throughout the day.
 
I shopped around for a suitable play table, but to be honest I just didn't want to pay upwards of $60 just for a small table alone. So I decided to head to my favourite store - Ikea - for a cheap and easy solution.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
  • 1 x Ikea Lack side table in white which retails for $9.99
  • 2 x Ikea Mammut Seats which retail for $14.99
  • 1 x Ikea Mannut Stool which retail for $7.99
  • 1 x Small square of oil cloth to protect the table for $4.00
 
For a grand total of $52.00 (less than a single table!), I am pretty happy with the results and so is Mr B...
  
 
What do you all think?
 
Next up to sort out and move all of the toys in to the family room... wish me luck!

6 comments:

  1. I also use the Lack table and Mammut chairs for my son. I have 2 Lack now which i join together. have been thinking i should add a table cover though in case i may want to use the tables once he has grown out of them.

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      Covering them definitely works well against crayons let me tell you :-)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

      Kind regards,

      Allison

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  2. We also have the lack tables. Love the idea of the oil cloth on top, how did you attach it? Thanks, H.

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  3. Hi H,

    I used Blu Tac to stick it down, just in case I wanted to use the table as is for a kids party table etc down the track.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Kind regards,

    Allison

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  4. Great idea! What is oil cloth and where did you purchase it? Is that a naive question??! I'm new to your blog and I LOVE it, thanks for taking time to post and share!

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    1. Thank you so much Megan! Oil Cloth is more of a product in the US and the UK. In Australia we have a similar product called laminated cotton that you can pick up at Spotlight or similar. It is used to make plastic tablecloths and aprons. Though maybe not as durable, it is a lot less expensive. Hope that this helps?

      Cheers,

      Allison

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