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DIY {IKEA Hack} Wash Basin

This last fall we completed a large renovation in our kitchen, part of that renovation included a redesign of the eat-in nook that we use as an art area for my kids. We redesigned things to give the older kids a bit more access to open ended art supplies where they could create their own art projects. This led to a bit more need to clean up. Whether it was just paint/glue/marker whatever, I've been finding that Nora and Henry need a space to clean a bit. Eventually, I would also like to add art that includes the use of some water -- felting wool comes to mind.

A DIY IKEA hack water basin for our Montessori home

Anyway, long story short, I've been looking for a way to upgrade our access to water in the art area. The previous system worked really well, it just didn't give us a space to work with the water. Well, the solution finally hit me while I was walking around IKEA. This bench! I confirmed with Morgan that he could cut away the slats and bought it! 

And, that's all we did! I used a 14" storage box that we already had and just had Morgan cut the slats to size. It took him all of 5 minutes to make it happen. Then, I just popped the box in place and put our water container next to it. The cabinet that the water container sits on was a thrift store find an holds all of the kids' paper options.

A DIY IKEA hack water basin for our Montessori home
A DIY IKEA hack water basin for our Montessori home

An added benefit of this set up is that we get a bit more storage room now. On the bottom shelf, we keep all the smaller cleaning supplies that my children use around the house. The tray on the top includes their plant care materials and a tiny scrubber for working in the sink. Then, they just have a nice working surface to line up art trays, dishes, or whatever they are working with. 

If you wanted a dish washing stand, this could easily be adapted with two buckets! Then, to empty this, Nora/Henry/myself can empty into a smaller bucket and then pour into our adult sink. 

A DIY IKEA hack water basin for our Montessori home
A DIY IKEA hack water basin for our Montessori home

So, that's it! An easy DIY, IKEA hack! 

A DIY IKEA hack water basin for our Montessori home

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Comments

Thanks for sharing what I really love is that long rainbow tray!
Hi! This looks great- thanks for sharing. One tiny bit of input- I highly recommend installing a GFCI outlet (the same ones used in kitchens and bathrooms- anywhere with water) there instead of a regular one, and probably cover it with some outlet covers. Reduces the risk of fire and your little ones getting accidentally shocked while using their water. Otherwise, it looks awesome!

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