Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Tuesday Tip :: Think Outside The Box

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Today's Tuesday Tip is a baby related one, but hopefully something you can apply to lots of other aspects of life too. A transferable skill if you will.


For the past few months I have been searching for a small table and chair set, for the mini human thing we keep here at Casa Del Glitter. I wanted something that could stay in the lounge but suit our other furniture.

I had considered THIS kind of mini picnic bench, that I would paint white and varnish, but just as I was about to take the plunge, I took off on a spur of the moment IKEA trip.

As we were walking round, pretending we lived in the showrooms (don't lie, you do it too), we stumbled upon a little white, square coffee table for £4.99. A table for under a fiver!! Bloomin' 'eck! It was perfect Baby Glitter size, easy peasy to assemble and did I mention it was a mere snip?!

I then bought a teeny white chair from the children's area for £9.99. It had a table you could also buy, which was ridiculously similar to the coffee one, but much much more pricey.

Now they are together and in my lounge, you would never know they weren't a set or that the table isn't a designated 'children's' table, would you?

The tip here, is to look around at everything that might suit your need. Don't assume that the only place you can find lovely children's furniture/toys/bedroom decor, is from a children's department. Some of the best things Baby Glitter has are from other walks of life and they look just fabulous!

Have you made any substitutes like this in your life? Care to share?

Toodlepip!

xx

37 comments:

  1. I have that coffee table but in a black colour. I use it for my laptop and other things for blogging so I can watch tv at the same time and the laptop has ventilation :)

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    Sarah xoxo

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  2. oh that is so cute i would love to see a pic of baby glitter sitting at the table or a video with her that table looks expensive you'd never guess it was only 4.99 its mad how much u can save buy looking around before you buy! :) x

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  3. I saw that same table at Ikea in black, could not believe the price!! Very cute in white!!

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  4. I have the same table too as a side table in our living room. Gotta love Ikea, it makes for a perfect table for little ones!

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  5. What a cute little place to sit! It's so nice by the window. You'll get some lovely photo's of her sitting there.

    I always find that with places like Ikea as well, you sort of need to think of other uses for things. I love looking at the little room set up's they have in the stores. They're so smart those Ikea people!

    xx

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  6. So cute!
    I love Ikea, and yes I too pretend to "live" in the showrooms. Haha!

    Holli x
    Dragonmommy123.blogspot.com

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  7. I'll admit that Ikea is my guilty pleasure. I get sucked in by the candle department in particular lol, much to my girlfriends dismay, who then spends half an hour next to the fake rhododendrons huffing and puffing like Thomas the Tank Engine on heat.
    This is a great tip though :)

    Lea x

    http://shebeginstosee.blogspot.com

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  8. Glad to hear I am not the only one to pretend I live in the Showrooms :) I have had many a weird look pretending to wash up in the kitchen department ;) The table and chair look great, and match perfectly, lucky Baby Glitter x

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  9. This is lovely for Baby Glitter! I love Ikea, they have such good bargains! Xxx

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  10. what a great find! Looks fab!

    Please check out my necklace giveaway :)
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  11. I love Ikea and such a good idea!

    lauraxamy.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Looks like a great find bet baby glitter loves it, where's the little lamb from its so cute x

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  13. ha i love finding cheap alternatives, i have a coffee table from ikea that was wide but quite thin and use it as a stand for my tv with my dvds on the below shelf, it was half the price of a tv cabinet too :D xx

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  14. Such a cute idea :)

    www.coffeeandrosesx.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  15. A trip to Ikea isn't complete without pretending you live in the showrooms haha :D Such a cute little table and a bargain too! x

    so-phee.blogspot.com

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  16. So cute! I have that exact table in our conservatory :-)
    x

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  17. 'mini human thing we keep here' - AHA brilliant!

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  18. I'm ashamed to say that I have never been to Ikea, it really is on my to do list.
    This is such a good idea, and I cannot get over how cheap the table was, it looks far more expensive.

    Jess x

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  19. So cute, dont you just love ikea! Bargain price too xx


    www.misslv.com

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  20. Such a cute set!
    http://www.allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  21. ikea is so good for finding amehzing bargains. it is like the primark of furnishings! x

    http://she-shops-alot.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. Did you see the mini children's kitchen while you were in IKEA, they had them half price over here at €50. The cutest things, I bought one for my classroom and they love it. The hobs on the cooker even light up and they kids laugh at me when I say "oh no watch your hands, ITS HOT" LOL

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  23. ive seen those tables t9o in all different colours bargain price,the chair is soo cute,will have to get my little one some sort of desk when she us a bit bigger,our house is jam packed with furniture and kids toys so would be lucky to fit anything else in here lol,we already have a ball pitt in the lounge which she loves but it does get in the way [[sigh]]
    urs looks amazing and looks expensive too xxx

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  24. very clever! well done you :)

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  25. Ah we have one of those too and they're really useful especially because they wipe clean really easily.

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  26. Aw thats really cute. it could be used for so much things aswell like eating, drawing, playing. i might have to get one for my booboo and it would suit the furniture i already have.

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  27. wow that table is a real bargain!!

    http://kellinasthoughts.blogspot.com/

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  28. This is gorgeous, it reminds me so much of being little and full of happiness...one question though Lou, where are the chairs for the teddies?? Because they'll be invited to the tea parties?? Will the guests sit on the floor and Princess Baby Glitter will command from the high chair???
    xx

    jessica-jjc@blogspot.com

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  29. aww thats so cute xx

    http://missslauren.blogspot.com/
    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.com/

    @MissLauren____

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  30. I've been looking for a small table to keep in my room, this looks perfect if they do it in a wooden finish! xx

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  31. i have same table but complete in glass with some white wood. mine one quite expensive.

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  32. I have two of these.... one that was bought and one that was left for freebies in our community room in our block of flats.
    One is used for the hamsters cage and the other is at the side of the sofa for tea and books and whatnot.

    MissNapierJones

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