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How to transform an Ikea table into a Lego Duplo table

One of my favourite upcycled crafts has been transforming our old Ikea coffee table into a Lego Duplo table for the children. It’s probably the piece of furniture we’ve had the longest as I think we bought it 8 years ago when we first moved in together.

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It’s served us well. A couple of years ago it got its first transformation. It was given a coat or two of blackboard paint so the toddler could do his mark making on it.

He quickly got bored of that idea (walls were much more appealing) so it was pretty un-used and even spent some time in the play house. The children have enjoyed playing with Lego Duplo ever since they could grasp a brick so we thought we’d turn it into a Lego Duplo table for them.

Equipment you will need to transform an Ikea table into a Lego Duplo table:

It was the easiest upcycle ever. We hopped on the tube to Ikea and picked up two BYGEL rails from their Kitchen accessories and 6 colourful BYGEL containers to hang on them. The rails were £2 each and the containers only 60p each – our cheapest Ikea trip ever.

How to transform an Ikea table into a Lego Duplo table:

One evening we lightly sanded the top of the table before glueing a spare Lego Duplo base board in the centre of the table with Evostik contact adhesive, we weighted it down with some heavy books and left it to dry overnight.

The next day we added the two rails to the legs of the table, one on each side, and hung the cups from them to use as Lego storage.

As a final touch we painted lines around the base board to look like a road.

The children love their Lego Duplo table and it’s been a big hit with them. We already had two Ikea Sundvik chairs so they are quite happy to sit at their table and play. They’ve built Lego houses, schools, air craft hangers and petrol stations and had races around the road too. Not a bad return for a couple of pounds spent in Ikea!

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    Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D)
    June 12, 2014 at 8:42 am

    What a fantastic idea, its very innovative.,
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    jo
    June 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

    aaah we did that last year for H’s fourth birthday, but as a Lego table – it’s brilliant too, all the expensive tables are too small for her now, but her table lives on!

    Ikea do some nice small chairs to go with it too!
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      jenny
      June 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

      The 4 year old is just starting to like proper Lego so I’m hoping I can remove the base board at some point and swap it with a Lego base board!

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        jo
        June 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

        we managed to get four of the Lego base boards on there – and some careful lego placing to make sure it sits properly too, and they’re still going strong (but dusty!) x
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    Polly
    June 12, 2014 at 10:09 am

    my kiddos would love this! what a great idea x

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    you baby me mummy
    June 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Fab idea, you are very creative x
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    Zena's Suitcase
    June 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    What a great idea and tutorial! I’m going to have to come up with a version for my daughters
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    S J Thurley
    June 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Bloody brilliant idea, am passing this on to a friend of mine who was just complaining about treading on bits of Lego. x

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    Jen aka The Mad House
    June 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I adore this and have pinned it already. Great idea and you could do it with lego too
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    Lisa Prince (@BEAUTY_IIAO)
    June 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    our family has always been a great fan of lego , it helped me overcome anxiety so we love it x

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    Mums do travel
    June 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This is a brilliant idea, how very clever of you!
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    Angela Spicer
    June 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Brilliant idea. So simple but effective
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    Hannah Staveley
    June 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    What an amazing idea .x

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    Cass@frugalfamily
    June 12, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I would never have thought of that – it looks fab!
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    Foz
    June 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Oh wow that is such a neat idea! Would love to have that for the girls
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    Jane @ northernmum
    June 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    wowswers! you are clever
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    Pinkoddy
    June 13, 2014 at 7:04 am

    What a fantastic idea – you are so talented.
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    Michelle
    June 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    You should submit this to Ikea Hacks! They have some amazing transformations on that site! x
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    Sarah Bailey
    June 14, 2014 at 1:57 am

    What a fantastic idea! I love it – I also sort of want one for myself. x
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    Globalmouse
    June 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    What a great idea, I love this! Definitely one to try and do myself, thank you!
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    Fritha Strickland
    June 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    how cool! I love an IKEA hack! x
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    Shell Louise
    June 15, 2014 at 11:52 am

    What a great idea. My girls would love one for their lego 🙂
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    Helen @ Witty Hoots
    June 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I think that this is a very clever and innovative idea! My daughter would love one of these!
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