Check out this common scene in our house...
...a six year old boy building Legos. (I've cropped out his younger brother approaching to wreak havoc on the Lego construction and the sibling "love" that follows such an interruption).
Here's what was taking over my son's bedroom. Seriously. Every. Surface.
I like clean surfaces. I'm no minimalist. I'm a mom-a-list (as in a mom with a whole list of things to do, none of which include dusting around Lego guys, models, and parts).
And don't get me started on the GUYS!
This summer seeing/stepping on all those Legos got me thinking about a perfect world where I would no longer have to see them all, some place where they could be hidden away, some place with doors ... oh yeah, kind of like the closet in my son's room. The one where we just shoved everything. So, after a short discussion we decided that maybe we should get our organization on and shove all those Lego things in there instead.
Here were the primary goals:
1. Clean it out and make it
2. Get organized (and create a place for everything)
3. Display the men/mini-figures (and get them off the floor)
4. Add places/shelves to display the models (and get them off the dresser/everything else)
5. Create a work space to put together the kits (and get the assembly station out of the living room)
6. Make it fun (and encourage my son to stay up there a long, long time)
Goal #1: Clean it Out and Make it Handsome
With a quick trip to the paint store and a couple minutes shoving all the older brother's stuff into the younger brother's closet, this project got rolling.
|All the colors in the world to choose from and we painted the closet white. |
Does it sound cooler if I say Alabaster White?
I knew in order to accomplish goals 2-6 we would need a magnetic surface. After combing some stores for some magnetic white boards (and getting a bit let down) my husband recommended a galvanized steel pegboard. I took one look at that baby on the Sears website ($35) and hit "purchase." A week later this guy arrived for installation:
They sell really fancy "attachments" with the pegboards. I just used the pictures for inspiration.
Goal #3: Display the Mini-Figures
As much as I
|Buy two 1/2 inch x 36 inch boards and cut them into 12 inch strips.|
|Spray paint them. This is Rust-Oleum Eden . The wider board in the picture will turn into a shelf on the pegboard.|
|Assemble materials: glue gun, magnets, painted boards, Lego bricks (with two circles), a Lego spacer (with three circles), and mini-figures|
|Hot glue down 3-5 magnets (depending on their "power") and then on the top of the display board glue down eight two-circle Lego blocks. Use the three-circle Lego as your spacer.|
|Then "attach" all your Lego guys.|
|Here's a preview of the after shots.|
|Look at that happy couple.|
|The color is Rust-Oleum Brilliant Blue. Those wire shelves accomplish goal #4 (add shelving).|
|A mini-figure never looked so good!|
You've already seen two of the shelving solutions for this closet: green boards that will be added to the pegboard and wire shelves spray painted blue to put on the existing shelf in the closet. We added two other corner shelves as well.
|This is an in-progress photo. We bought the shelves at Home Depot. The top one is a little smaller than the bottom (once it's installed).|
This was an easy goal to accomplish. We moved a desk and chair into the closet. We've had them both for over ten years. The chair (that I love!) was a curbside pick-up and the color inspiration for the entire closet makeover.
Goal #6: Make It Fun
So far, so fun! We had fun redoing the closet, our boys had fun when we revealed the completed project, and my son is upstairs right now having fun building more Legos. Goal accomplished! Now, for more fun, before and after photos:
Remember what it used to look like?
And now for the big reveal...
|Brothers taking it all in.|
|Mini-figures all lined up.|
|Mini-figure display cases.|
|Complete with a Lego pencil holder.|
I'm glad we have some photos. I'm pretty sure it will never look like this again, but at least I can shut the doors.
We're organized for a bit,
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Note from Mrs. Kelly: Oh man. I'm jealous. Really jealous. I'm not sure at which point you ventured into Martha territory. Was it when you spray painted the ledges for the Lego men? The window boxes? The magnets? The corner display shelves? Nicely done Mrs. W.
Note from Mrs. Gosling: You mean you can organize legos, other than shoving them in a clear tub?
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