This DIY workbench for boys tutorial can be completed in one afternoon and for less than $50!
A couple of years ago I found a tiny vanity-thingy at an antique shop for less than $10 and I bought it. Now, I go antique-ing almost as often as we elect a new president (which, I wish was far more often with regards to both of these activities), so to find something this awesome was a huge score. I had been on the hunt for a kitchen set for my two boys, and with nothing decent was popping up for less than $100, I started to consider the wild notion of making one myself.
So I did.
I spray painted this tiny vanity-thingy white. Embellished with red and black accents. Drew a stovetop range and oven timer with these fancy, little paint pens. And I waited for the magic to begin.
And then I waited a little longer.
And then, for good measure, I waited a little bit more.
Eventually the boys learned to play with the kitchen, but when the novelty of playing restaurant wore off, I watched our lonely little kitchen set begin to collect a thin (okay, I’ll be honest) a thick layer of dust.
So one Saturday, as I was contemplating cleaning the cobwebs out from underneath the shelving or throwing the whole thing in the Goodwill pile, it hit me – it wasn’t time to retire the best antique score in my lifetime, it was time to revive it!
Enter – the DIYworkbench for boys. (Can you guys make some trumpeting noises for me? Because I feel like that would really make this whole DIY workbench tutorial pop!) This was quite possibly the easiest DIY transformation ever. SO easy in fact, that my two boys (they’re 6 and 3) helped with the entire process. It was a fun family activity for us to do together and they were so proud of their handiwork when we were finished.
We headed to Home Depot and grabbed some supplies for our DIY workbench, which I literally came up with as we were walking down the aisles after church last week:
- Three crummy paint brushes
- Small Command Hooks
- Sharpie Paint Pens
- Caution tape
- Grey, black and red acrylic paint
- Caution tape
- A small, plain, wooden bin for scrap wood
- The cheapest pencils, measuring tapes, work aprons and levels we could find (most were under $3!)
Then we broke in our work aprons and painted over the old kitchen.
Then we added a few command hooks and the cheap-o-rama tools and voila! A DIY workbench Joanna Gaines would be proud of!
So there, you have it. “Bye-bye” kitchen and “Hello” workbench! We had such a great time working on this as a family and I can honestly say, we’ve logged a lot of imaginative play time since adding this to our playroom.
BOY MOM WIN!!