There are changes afoot in our garden this year and one of the first items in the garden to recieve its P45 is the butler.
I’m very fond of the old butler/Belfast sink. It invokes a great deal of nostalgia for me. When I was younger we had a sink in our back garden and nurtured tadpoles, fed them cat food and watched them grow and transform. until they hopped off as frogs to join their friends in the pond.I imagine one day doing this with Beany but she’s a bit young at the moment.
I like having a water feature in the garden, a little watering hole for the birds, although it’s fair to say this one has become a little dilapidated over time. Now Beany’s walking, a large container of water in the garden isn’t really that safe and so I looked for a way to repurpose my old friend.
And then the answer came to me. A sandpit for Beany! For the grand total of £6 (£3 for a bag of play sand and £3 for the toys) the butler has a new job!
I washed the sink out and gave it a good clean and put the plug back in to stop the sand disappearing. The underside of the plug means the sink is a bit wobbly, so if you try this at home you might want to place something under one end of the sink to level it out a bit to prevent toes and fingers getting stuck underneath. It depends how inquisitive and steady on their feet, your little one is. I also have a piece of wood from an old shelving unit I can varnish and use as a cover.
As you can see Beany is having lots of fun. Mainly transferring the sand out of the sink but we’re working on that and she’s gradually learning how to make shapes and build castles or rather mounds with the sand.
The great thing is, when she tires of having a sand pit in years to come, we still have the sink and the butler can go back to being a water feature.
I’d love to hear your upcycling ideas, so don’t forget to let me know below.