I've wanted a sandbox for my kids (ages 5, 2 and 2) to play in. We made plans to build one in the backyard and even remodeled an old railroad tie retaining wall to make room for a sandbox.
But then we cleaned up the kids a few times after they played in the sandbox at grandma's house and realized we didn't want the mess. But I knew how much the kids would love a sandbox, so I continued to look for a way to make it happen.
I had seen a few tabletop sandboxes on Pinterest and thought those might be the solution to our situation. I knew my husband could build one, but I didn't know when it would happen.
Then one day, it dawned on me that I could convert the coffee table, which was stored awaste the garage, into a sand table.
I made this coffee table with help from my dad and brother 10+ years ago while on Christmas break. My brother decided to make one (he had just gotten engaged, so I think he was nesting :) and I figured I might as well take the opportunity and make one too.
So this is the before: Forrest green with natural pine top. It was my idea to put a bottom piece in so that it would have a storage compartment. The lid is not attached, it just sits on top. The compartment and the lid are the two features that make this table perfect for its new life.
The poor table has spent the last 7 years stored away in the garage. I haven't had the heart to part with it, and I am thrilled that it has a new life now!
I spent a long time trying to choose a color. I wanted something bold and bright. I finally chose Martha Stewart's "butterscotch".
And I had to do something fun on the top - a morrocan tile design.
Here's the kids playing away happily in their new sand table!