If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Because BLW isn't just for lentil-weavers. Some of us like to piddle about with bits of felt and sticky-backed plastic as well.

If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby fourweewonders » 27 May 2013, 20:56

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Storage-unit- ... 19dd0f8ff7

because I'll have to have a really good game plan to convince o.h to go collect it, and im fairly sure I'll have to take it to pieces to get it up the loft stairs to play room
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Re: If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby salj1980 » 27 May 2013, 21:10

Chalkboard paint on the top would be my initial thought, plus some prettying up somehow...
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Re: If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby fourweewonders » 27 May 2013, 21:29

I'm wondering if theres a limit to how much chalkboard paint you can use in one room :? but ive had an idea to make my own chalk paint in blue & green and paint sky and grass on the board o.h has cut me. Then i could do the top of the drawers black.

I thought it'd be dead easy to buy (nice coloured) replacement draws from a school supplier....it is not
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Re: If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby CherryPop » 27 May 2013, 23:15

fourweewonders wrote:I'm wondering if theres a limit to how much chalkboard paint you can use in one room :? but ive had an idea to make my own chalk paint in blue & green and paint sky and grass on the board o.h has cut me. Then i could do the top of the drawers black.

I thought it'd be dead easy to buy (nice coloured) replacement draws from a school supplier....it is not


From working in a school, I can tell you that with some elbow grease they clean up alright, and the easiest thing to do to pretty them up would be laminated picture/word fronts to show what's in them. Or you could get some of that patterned sticky-backed plastic stuff, we used that on our tiles in the kitchen and it looks much better than the crap that was on there before! You can buy that from B&Q type places.

There is a name for sticky-back plastic, but I can't think what it is. One of my teachers was trigger-happy with it and covered the tops of all the tables and units in the classroom with it, and it looked pretty good ;)
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Re: If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby BLTMama » 28 May 2013, 02:16

CherryPoplin wrote:There is a name for sticky-back plastic, but I can't think what it is. One of my teachers was trigger-happy with it and covered the tops of all the tables and units in the classroom with it, and it looked pretty good ;)


Contact paper (or at least, that's what they call it here). I've used miles of it, it's fantastic. They actually make a chalkboard version, but it's not as nice as chalkboard paint.
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Re: If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby Morlyte » 28 May 2013, 06:02

What about covering it in lego baseboard or train track? Or one of those road play mats?
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Re: If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby Jelly Belly » 28 May 2013, 06:31

Glue felt to the top which can be used for fuzzy felt pictures, to give traction for any toys being played with along the top and also provide future map/playscene projects for you.

Once clean, the drawers may be spraypaintable... otherwise, a curtain over the front.
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Re: If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby PicNic » 28 May 2013, 07:27

The trays *might* be the same size as the small cat litter trays but you'd have to measure and check. They won't be easily replaceable because those type of tray units aren't available anymore I don't think!

One warning about sticky back plastic, it's great when fresh but looks if it gets pulled at or torn through children's play. I know this from years working in schools!!

Love the fuzzy felt or Lego ideas.
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Re: If I buy this, how can I pimp it up???

Postby fourweewonders » 28 May 2013, 07:35

Morlyte wrote:What about covering it in lego baseboard or train track? Or one of those road play mats?



i love this idea
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