I was recently at a friend's house and fell in love with her water table. I was psyched to go home and buy one until I saw the price - $309! Ouch! Or $70 for the cheap ones! Since I have an unofficial policy of only buying used toys for my children, I figured that we would just have to do an El Cheapo version. Plus, the concept of the table isn't exactly rocket science.
Erik and I went to Home Depot and purchased wood ($9) and a black plastic concrete mixing tub ($5).
Meet our $14 version of the $309 table -
Not bad, eh? I actually think ours is better than the $309 real one because the tub can be removed for easy cleaning. If the tub breaks, I'll just go buy another one for $5. Erik also drilled a hole in the wood as a drain. I'll paint it after we move. Isn't my husband the best?
The funniest part about this whole experience is that while Erik was building it outside, I was inside packing. He had taken the stereo outside and was blasting the soundtrack to Mamma Mia! I wonder what the neighbors thought of this man outside building a little table, listening to Meryl Streep at full volume.
Charlie and I thought it was strange -
And then we had a good laugh about it -
It was a good day.
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