This year I knew I wanted to create my older daughter a tool workbench. I had been looking online and found some that were in the hundreds of dollars!! Uh - I don't think so. And the cheaper ones seemed to be just that - cheap. So I decided to make my own. When I went to the consignment sale, I knew I wanted to find the play tools as to buy them at regular price could get expensive. I ended up finding the power tool play set and the hand tools for only $15. If I was to buy all the tools I got there new, I would have ended up paying over $75! So after I had my tools, the next step was the bench itself. My husband had an old nightstand that we stored in our garage and I determined it was the perfect size for what I wanted to do. I spray painted it a glossy black and extended the table top of it with Home Depot yard sticks. I topped those off with a clear coat to prevent the kids from getting any splinters.
For the back side, I wanted to get peg board but the Home Depot by me didn't have the size I wanted. I could have bought an extremely large piece for $16 and had it cut down but instead decided to go with a piece of chalkboard backing I found for $6. This turned out to be a good thing because I didn't have to worry about the hooks falling off onto the ground where the baby could get them. I used Command Brand removable hooks to hang the tools on the board. This also allowed me to give a space for my daughter to write on the board with chalk. Here is the finished product - I love it!