Lego Storage & Play Table Flea Market Flip

Lego Storage & Play Table Flea Market Flip

Can I tell you how excited I am about this new project I just finished! (This is Melissa writing this week by the way.) I have been trying to figure out how we are going to travel and live in a small space with 3 kiddos (since we are moving into a 5th wheel soon), and still let them have some of their toys. I really wanted to bring some of our Duplo legos because they like to build things and I want to encourage more play and pretending and less watching TV when possible. I really was trying hard to find some good lego storage/play table options.

I know how much of a mess these legos can be, so I wanted to bring a small amount of them and keep them contained somehow. I was trying to figure out how to do a lego table that had storage in it, but also folded up nicely. Pinterest didn't have exactly what I was looking for either. Last Saturday we were at the flea market for our weekly flea market hunt, and I came across this awesome suitcase. You can check out the FB live we did from the flea market HERE.

DIY Lego Storage

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It may just look like a simple old suitcase but it was perfect for what we needed!

Clean

I had to clean it a little first. It had that musty smell on the inside. I used an Enzyme Spray that I had on hand (from Nature's Sunshine) Sprayed it down, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wiped it out. You could probably use a vinegar solution as well and wipe it out.

Paint

Next came the paint. This part was a bit exciting and also overwhelming at the same time. Deciding on a color to use was tough when you have the whole rainbow available to you. As I was walking down the paint aisle at Wal-Mart, something about a gold glitter paint called my name. I thought the girls would love it! Well, the glitter paint turned out to be a flop. We took back two cans of glitter paint before deciding it was a no-go.

Robbie had a can of gold paint in his garage, so I went ahead and tried it, and loved the way it turned out! We had to buy one more can of paint because he didn't have enough to finish covering it. 

Next was the top piece. I wanted to glue on a Duplo base to the top of the suitcase, but I couldn't find one anywhere! I had one piece already, but needed one more to make it cover properly. After posting in a yard sale Facebook group that I was looking for one, a friend responded she had two! Yay!lego storage

Cut

So now I had two pieces that were the same size, but not the same color. They needed to be cut and then painted.lego storage

Paint Take 2

After they were cut it was time for paint. I picked out ‘John Deere Green' for the paint. Love the green color! You can't go wrong with John Deere anything. 😉lego storage

Glue

Once everything dried, it was time to glue the pieces on. You could use many kinds of adhesive. I used liquid nails because that is what Robbie had in his garage.  lego storage

Play

The minute the kids saw the new lego storage home, they wanted to play with it! It's always so funny to me when they re-discover toys. These Duplo legos have been sitting in little guys room for MONTHS and they have only played with them a handful of times. Now they are in a new container with a new base, and bam! Play time.

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After they played with these long enough for me to get pictures, I packed them up and am planning to put them away until the trip. It's always so much more fun to find toys again after a month or so of missing them.

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One downside of this lego storage suitcase is that all the legos have to be dumped out before they can be played with. But the reality is that the kids always dump out all the legos when they play with them anyways, so it really works out fine.

This lego storage suitcase should be perfect for our travels. We can only bring a limited amount of legos, they can all be easily stored and put away, and it has it's own play table. Win/win/win! 

Total Cost

Suitcase – $3

Duplo Base – $4

Gold Spray Paint – $4

John Deere Green Spray Paint – $6

Total cost – $17

Time to complete – 2 hours (could be less if your paint dries faster)

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Robert Stephenson
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I grew up in Central Florida and have lived here my whole life. I first got into buying and selling items when I was 16 years old, and have been hooked ever since. It has mostly been a hobby that makes some extra cash, but sometimes it serves as my main income as well. I don't plan on stopping any time soon. I find too many fun toys for my family (or myself), and just love the whole process.

12 Comments
  • Robert Patrick
    Posted at 15:02h, 15 March Reply

    Such a great idea and something I would love to do also! Great job Robert!

  • Catherine Nielsen
    Posted at 20:16h, 07 February Reply

    This is great! I’m 90% sure there’s a suitcase just like your’s in my grandpa’s basement.
    I also have an end table Lego project I found on Pinterest. What kid doesn’t like L EGO’s? Heck, I still own a tun of them. LOL
    Thanks for the idea!!

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 20:43h, 07 February Reply

      You’re welcome Catherine! My kids LOVE playing with these! And they can put them away easy too.

  • Christy Caldwell
    Posted at 04:36h, 21 January Reply

    Very cool! I’m thinking you can find a small plastic tote that fit in the suitcase, so you don’t have to dump them out!

  • Carvell Carter
    Posted at 13:09h, 01 January Reply

    I love the Lego storage/play case

  • Marlene
    Posted at 10:43h, 15 December Reply

    What did you use to cut the Lego base so cleanly?

    • Robert Stephenson
      Posted at 17:33h, 16 December Reply

      We used a bandsaw and a grinding wheel. You could also use a hacksaw or a Dremel tool

  • brittany
    Posted at 16:57h, 24 September Reply

    Very cool DIY I will have to try this myself one day it might have to be a little while thou my little one is 2 I’m not sure if she would try to eat legos or not right now I might wait until she is 3 or 4 but very very cool DIY.
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