Do you and your family like to spend quality time by putting together a jigsaw puzzle? Do you hate the fact that it takes days or even weeks to put together a jigsaw puzzle and your kitchen, dining or coffee table is left with the unfinished puzzle? Or better yet, you have company coming over and you need to clean your house and you hate to have to remove the unfinished puzzle. I know they make felt puzzle mats that can be placed under the puzzle in case you need to roll it up and put it away, but that doesn’t help either when it comes to a neat and organized space. I decided that building a DIY puzzle game table was the solution to an organized space in our house.
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My family enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles and we have not done one in a long time because I hate for a puzzle to be left out on the dining room table. I told Mr. DD that I wanted to replace our current coffee table and build a puzzle game table. I had the vision in my head and I needed to explain what that vision was to Mr. DD. This puzzle game table turned out great and we had to change a few plans along the way.
My plan was to have stools under the table so you could pull those out and sit and work on the puzzle. Mr. DD wanted these stools to also be used as a footstool and he had a certain height requirement that he liked for his footstool. The footstools needed to be almost as high as the couch because he did not like a low footstool so this made our puzzle game table higher than your average coffee table height. This also keeps my living room organized since the stools fit under the table.
After deciding I did not want to use 2 x 4’s as the table legs because the look of a square box leg would not fit with my other “leggy” items in the room and after pricing new table legs, I decided that repurposing a table would be the answer. Remember, we needed taller legs so a dining table would have to be what we needed. I found this dining table and 4 chairs for $25. This was the answer, I would use the table legs and the chairs would become stools. This was a more affordable way to build a puzzle table instead of buying all new wood.
Once the table was built, I took her over to my paint workshop so I could stain the top and spray the base. All of those frames are being sprayed as well for my wall decor next to the media stand.
First coat! I used General Finishes Milk Paint in Basil.
I cut off the tops of the chairs using a Ryobi reciprocating saw.
Now I can stay organized and spend quality family time together. I just simply close the top and drawers and you would never know we are working on a puzzle under there. I plan on sharing a post in the near future on how exactly this table was built but for now, stop over to my other Power Tool Challenge Team’s pages to see how they are staying organized in this new year.
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