Sand and Water table

Today folks I bring you the DIY Sand Table. We’ve had this old sandbox gathering mold and looked disgusting from just collecting rainwater and everything else. Personally, I hate everything SAND. I feel it gets everywhere and is just impossible to clean. I find it very messy. BUT, kids love it. Of course, they do! We’ve been telling them not to play with this old thing but, they kept sneak playing with it causing more mess. Not to mention, I didn’t think it was safe to play with the nasty old sand. Kids, they never listen! So, what did WE do? We promised them if they stopped playing with this disgusting sandbox we’ll build them a nice sand and water table. Folks…we had a compromise! They listened and we decided to build. We were all happy 😀 (read – I was happy).

Old sandbox with cracked/taped lid. I will spare you from how disgusting it is inside.

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Thus began the research for the plan – how to build a sand and water table. There are tons of online DIY posts on it. I did the research, talked with M as to what he was envisioning…cuz, honestly, I’ve never played with one. Finally, we both decided on Ana White’s Sand and Water Table. She’s a genius if you are not familiar with her DIY work. We just followed her plan.

The only thing we did different was we used 2×4 wood instead of the 1×3 she used. Mainly because that’s what we had. We did buy some more 2×4 as we ran out but, it was cheap. It was a pretty inexpensive table to make. I had some Sherwin William exterior paint left over that I used on the frame.

I bought two 40 quart clear bins ($7 each marked down) instead of 28-quart bins (as shown in the original plan) from Home Depot. I got the bigger bins at a marked down price because they ran out of lids for all the 28 quart bins. Can you believe that? Who buys all the lids and leaves the bins? Anyhow, they could not find me any lids for the smaller bins so, the associate apologized and said he can give me the 40 quart bins for the price of 28 quart. While it was a great deal we had to think about it cuz we had already planned out the table. Thankfully, M had not cut the wood and he adjusted the plan to the bigger bins. M also build a towel holder for the kids to use, if needed (this was my idea). We also added one 2×4 middle support beam to go under the bins as the bins are a bit larger and we wanted it to be extra secure as water and sand does get heavy.

So, here she is….Now, we just need some water and disgusting sand. We will be using the lids to close the bins when not in use. Yes, they do snap on the bins while on the table.

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