Who needs a coffee table, anyway?
We bought our tray top coffee table many years ago, when we lived in our previous home. Actually, it was the first time we bought furniture together as a married couple. Sweet, I know. :) So this table felt special to us. It just never seemed to fit right in this house. The rooms are narrower. We need space to move around in. Put our feet up. Children have to do somersaults and dance and such!
So last Christmas I gave myself a gift. An ottoman who's lid flips over to become a tray.
But what would I do with the "old" coffee table???
|Yeah, don't pick on the Boys...this was taken last Thanksgiving...it's football and nap time!|
|Pictured here is my dad, my son and my brother in law. Everybody else (I swear) was in my tiny kitchen...I think about 15 of them, to be exact.|
Then inspiration struck!
I'd been dreaming of a nice sensory table for my playroom. The kids were playing with sand and water inside big bins that I would just place on the floor. But my playroom is not huge. There really isn't a lot of room for larger furniture and accessories or the kids don't have space to spread out and really PLAY. So, without boring you with too many details...here is what we did with our beloved old tray table.
This one you have to see!!!
|Scott sprayed the table with a creamy white enamel...|
|I added one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes. I cut these out of sticky-backed vinyl using my Cricut.|
|I couldn't leave the little chippy chairs out, now could I?|
|This one's for Thing One!|
|And this one's for Thing Two!|
|The table top is so shiny because it's a piece of scrap acrylic cut to fit inside the tray top...smart, huh? |
(This was my idea but we'll let Scott think it was his, k?)
|Perfect for dry erase artwork!!|
|These are dry erase CRAYONS! They are AWESOME! You can wipe them off with a little mitten that comes with them. They wash off of EVERYTHING with a little bit of soapy water. Genius, I tell you.|
|But that is not all, no that is not all...|
|The acrylic table top lifts off to reveal an endless supply of playtime possibilities...|
|My darling, amazing, handy, creative, generous, willing, smart, hard-working husband (yes, all of those and more!) cut a hole just the right size for my sensory bins to fit into!|
|So the children play with sand (Moon Sand is pictured here)...and they play with water...and ice...and colored rice...and cotton balls...and bubbles...|
Oh yes, the possibilites are ENDLESS...Just like their imaginations!
Sometimes they like to bring the dishes from the kitchen and make birthday cakes with Popsicle sticks for the candles. It's always my birthday for some reason. Do you think that means I seem really old to them??? Haha!
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I hope each and every one of you is able to enjoy your holiday with loved ones. May you be filled with the Spirit of Christmas!