First I purchased an IKEA table off of Kijiji. I knew I wanted an IKEA table (for size) but I don't have one near me, closest one is two hours away-no thank you. Kijiji never fails when in need! So for a mere $5.00 I had my table. I painted it black and purchased one of the Lego building bases from Toys R' Us. I used an all purpose adhesive caulk that I found at the hard ware store and glued it on top. I know you may have seen all sorts of different types of converted Lego tables, you can find them swarming the internet, but I needed a neat and compact way to store the Lego. I wanted something small, that I could mount on the wall and had lots of compartments to try and keep things slightly organized.
I found these nuts & bolts organizers that are meant for the garage or a work bench.
They are perfect in size and are mountable. I started out with two but after gaining 1250 pieces of new Lego this year, I needed another one. I found them at Solutions in the garage section. This is a time consuming project but once it's done it should be relatively easy to sweep through and clean up every now and then.
I pulled all the compartments out and sorted by type.
Like things went together in the bins (people, wheels, accessories, windows etc.) and I was done. I measured and marked the wall where I wanted the bins to go, anchored some screws and hung bins. If you have never anchored something to the wall before, this is a good place to start doing it, especially with little hands running the ship, you don't want this being pulled down. In the future there is potential to add more bins if need be.
So far, so good. My little guy loves his new Lego area and I don't hear the sound of all the Lego being dumped out on the table in one heaping mess. There is Lego sanity in the house right now, it's wonderful!