Thursday, March 10, 2011

Trashed Toddler Play Table to Beautiful Toddler Bed and Learning Center

Did ya guess this was mine?!  I love it so much!  I can hardly wait till Eme is old enough to use it as a bed. :)  But, it's already a great play table for him... he doesn't get that that the chalk is for drawing, not eating though!  We're working on that! haha!

This first week's challenge was so much fun!  I went straight to the DI and was SUPER lucky to find a majorly trashed toddler play table!  It sparked a very fun (and soon to be needed) project!  So, without further ado; I give you: The (Trashed) Toddler Play Table to Beautiful Toddler Bed By Night and Learning Center By Day!

To begin this make over, I spray painted the table and little stool a pretty light blue.  I also removed the (very ugly) rope drawer pulls and plugged the holes with wood filler.  After it had dried, I (ok my hubby) attached the pretty new drawer handles I had picked out.  (Thanks babe!)

To make this work as a bed, I had to make a mattress.  I did this by stuffing two body pillows into a mattress form that I made using thrifted sheets.  Velcro makes for easy removal and cleaning of the mattress form.  I also used thrifted sheets to make the bedding set and a thrifted pillow to make the "E" accent pillow. The star is corduroy that I had in my stash.

To make the learning center, I painted one side of the table top with chalkboard paint and glued a map of The United States on the other.  (I plan to homeschool, so I figure this will be a fun, easy way to get started with geography early.  Plus it makes for a nice "train" background, don't you think??) :) 

I love this new little bed/playtable!!  And I love that it saves a TON of space!!  The fact that the mattress can also be a soft base for playing isn't a bad thing either!  No cracked heads = a very good thing! The possibilities for play on this table are endless!  Legos? check.  Trains? Check.  Painting? why not?  Really, it's just the perfect space and size for my little monkey!


  1. wow how clever r u??? i have a daughter called eme (well her name is emerson) ur blog.

  2. What a great transformation :) Thanks for sharing. It looks awesome! I am your new follower. You can visit me at Make sure you leave a comment so I know you visited.

  3. So clever! I had no idea this one was yours. I assumed you would have done a needlecraft. Love the transformation!

  4. Amazing! So creative, we are chalkboard paint and map lovers too! This is wonderful.

  5. I was so impressed with this project! You did such a great job. {I had just re-finished a smaller train table into an ottoman and was so close to submitting it-how funny would that have been?}

    Totally awesome however! Congrats on agreat entry-

  6. This is amazing! I totally voted for it and no, I didn't know it was yours... :)

  7. I love this! I didn't know it was your project, but I voted for you! I sure hope you win!

    Jill of

  8. Thanks guys! We'll see how it goes. I'm totally biting my nails!

  9. love the bedding and the gametable! Love the way you have positioned the bed in the middle of 2 windows.

  10. Kudos for planning on homeschooling :) I was homeschooled for 11 years!

    Great job on the bed!


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