The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”
― John Maynard Keynes
I’ve spent the last few days sorting through Baby C’s clothes and I can’t believe how quickly she is growing. I’m currently in the process of bagging clothes that no longer fit her to make room for her next size. I’m so grateful to have amazing friends who have handed us down so many lovely baby/toddler clothes for her, along with many toys and baby necessities too. We have been more than happy to accept used items and find ourselves barely buying anything new these days. Which brings me to this weeks project.
Mr T and I had been wanting to buy Baby C an activity cube with a bead maze and as they are quite expensive new, I started searching on Gumtree. I found one this week which came in a bundle of four toys at the bargain price of twenty dollars (only five dollars a toy). One of those toys was a push wagon with blocks. It was in well used condition and I considered passing it on until I decided it wouldn’t hurt if I reconditioned it.
So this week I’ve been painting the blocks and next week I’m going to spruce up the little wagon. The blocks are a soft wood and had been knocked about quite a bit. I went over them with a medium grade sandpaper first and then used acrylic paint which I plan to seal in a non toxic sealer. For the patterns I was inspired by some pins I found and saved to my pinterest baby love board. I thought it would be fun to do something nontraditional.
I’ll keep you posted as to what Baby C thinks of them. Until next week…. happy painting?
Have you reconditioned used toys?
2 thoughts on “New or Used – Week Thirty: Decorative Blocks, Part One”
Love this weeks project, Mum and I were just talking about toys last night and she told me how much I loved my little trolley and how it was good to keep my balance when just walking. Mum would give me wooden spoons from the kitchen to play with and put in my trolley. I thought perfect, a non noisy, inexpensive baby toy for the future!
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So many wonderful things to look forward to with your own baby!