September 22, 2011

DIY – Sand and Water table

My husband is an accountant.  I love him dearly, but it isn’t a stretch to say that I am the more creative one in our relationship.  So when he took me aside a couple of weeks ago and stated that he wanted to build a sand and water table for our son, I thought I would be helpful and send him some plans that I found online for DIY sand and water tables like this perfectly simple one from Cara75 that I found on flickr:

…or this slightly more complex one from Handyman Wire

…or this one over at Bumble and Bean that I thought was the perfect combination of the two ideas:

My husband was patient with me while I sent him email after email of what I deemed ‘doable’ DIY sand and water table plans and then promptly explained to me that he wanted to make his own plans.  I TRIED to explain to him that was a bit like being a novice knitter and deciding to create a knitting pattern for a sweater….or being a new sewer and trying to make a new pattern for overalls…but in the end, his persistence paid off.

This past weekend, we debuted our son’s new, custom DESIGNED and MADE-by-daddy sand and water table complete with storage compartment for toys:

My husband DID decide to keep one element that I had suggested to him and used plastic bins for the actual sand and water:

…see…nothing fancy here, just a good ole’ under-the-bed storage container from the Container Store!

The corner of the unit has a toy bin on hinges for easy access.  We’re thinking we might add a hydraulic lift option to keep fingers from getting squashed.

Of course, all this beauty took a bit longer than ONE weekend to build, so our son got to try it out before it was finished.  It was definitely a hit!! In the end, I have to say, I am super impressed with not-so-handy-hubby’s skillz and I have promised never to doubt him again.  Ok…maybe not never, but not as often, I pinky swear.

Have you seen any other DIY’d kids stuff out there you care to share with the crowd?

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One Response to “DIY – Sand and Water table”

  1. sarah Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Is it bad that the thing that pleases me the most about your reveal is the elephant watering can in the water table side?! I have coveted a watering can like that for awhile. . . Also, the sand and water table looks great :) .