|Project by Goddahavefun||posted 07-27-2010 06:20 PM||1663 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I built this table to solve an age old dilema !!! How to keep the kids quite !!
this was built for twin 3 year olds, a boy & a girl, he likes playing with his cars & aeroplane, she likes playing with her farm animals !!! I found the secret to keep them both happy with this table, it is also functional for them to eat their dinner on, because I laquered it so any spills can be wiped up without effecting the top !!
Specs for this as follows !!
Top 1200mm x 600mm ( Particleboard )
Base 350mm high (lowish coffee table height )
please note : The reason I built it that height, is because they are only little 1’s I wanted then to be able to reach into the middle of the table (without standing on chairs )
I will run through the steps I took once it was built !!
To seal the entire table (top & base) I painted in oil base (beige) because kids can be ruff with things !!
I gave it a full 24 hours to dry !!
being an artist I have plenty of paint supplies, however if you havnt got art paint, you can pick up small tubes from a craft shop !! you will only need 1 tube of each colour !! (cheap as )
the top was painted with Acrylic “Water base” art paint !
Painting the top !!
- Masking Tape
- 1 inch Artist Paint Brush
- Black Texta
- Dark Green
- Light Green
I sketched out border on the top about 2 inches in & masked it up !!
Art Paint Application
I painted inside of masked area in Light Green, with a normal house paint brush ! before it dried I applied the Dark Green with the art brush, in a horizontal fashion, working it into the Light Green to give a subtle effect !
(refer to 3rd picture for close up) it is important to keep working it when the paint is wet . this helps the colors meld together ! once I got the effect I was after for the grass, I let it dry for a day !!
The roads !!
I marked them out & masked them with tape , I painted the roads straight black first , then mixed black & white paint together to get a charcol greyish color !! & painted them ! when the roads were dry I marked out white lines & painted them !!
I then pulled up the masking tape & with a Black texta & a straight edge , I drew the black lines between the roads & the grass !!
I sealed the entire top with a gloss spray laquere
This makes it absolutley kid proof ! over time it will scratch up without doubt, but in the meantime it has held up nice !!
I took camera down the street, took photo’s of buildings from other side of road !! then printed them on photo paper (about double passport size ) & glued them to little wooden blocks !! so the kids can move buildings around if they wish !!!
This project has been a real pleasure, because the kids love it ! & that is affirmation for me of “Job Well Done”
thanks for taking a look & I hope you see the joy of smiling quite kids !! LoL
Have a great day
and thats it !!!
-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !