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Have you ever met someone and just “clicked”? I love it when that happens. A few weeks ago, we met a couple and their gorgeous, little curly haired daughter, Aurora. It honestly felt like we’d known them forever. The mom is an extremely talented photographer and an old soul with a naughty twinkle in her eye. I had originally contacted her to take some photos of our little house down by the sea. I’ll share some of those photos soon, but this post is about their little cherub of a daughter and how we made her this giant pencil legged blackboard table.
When they popped around to discuss the photoshoot, little Aurora just stole my heart. Rory is curious about everything and has the most beautiful manners.
When she laughs, it gurgles up from the bottom of her tummy and she loves drawing. A girl after my own heart 😉 She’s just moved into her own bedroom so I really wanted to make her something special.
We have some old PVC pipes left over from a when we built our metallic bathroom and they were just the right size to turn into a giant pencil. Using a little bit of masking tape as a guide the PVC pipe was cut into four equal bits.
After giving them a good clean, we sprayed them a bright, happy blue before masking off the eraser portion, which then got a coat of dusky pink.
I originally wanted to use a tin can for the metal bit that joins the eraser to the pencil. But I was a little worried that I might leave a sharp edge somewhere and little Rory would cut herself. So we used aluminium tape instead. Man I love this stuff. It sticks like crazy and we’ve used it to make our chain of hearts garden mobile so I know it will survive anything a little girl might throw at it 😉 To make the grooves in the metal I carefully placed bits of string on the sticky side of the tape before adding it the the giant pencils.
So now I had four giant pencils and no idea how to attach them the blackboard table. Fortunately, I have a secret weapon………… the hubby 😀
He suggested we use a holesaw to drill some holes into thick pieces of wood to hold the pencils. Ahhh I love a clever man.
It worked beautifully. We painted the top of the table in blackboard paint and the bottom with the same happy blue that we used on the legs. Finally when everything was dry, the legs were glued and screwed in place and Rory’s giant pencil blackboard table was ready.
I hope Rory likes her little table and that she always dreams happy dreams in her new bedroom. I’d love to know what you think? Is it something you’d make for a child’s bedroom?
Don’t forget to pin if you want to make your own. It really was super easy 😉
And as always, here’s wishing you a beautiful week filled with many happy surprises and new friends.
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