Renovation & Design

Kids' table provides lasting memories

Dear Marc: We took a weekend trip with our kids last weekend. It was our first trip as a family. With our busy schedule, it's hard to take time off of work. We took lots of pictures, but I'd like to make something special for the kid's room to remind them of our trip. Help! Molly

Dear Molly: The first trip with the kids is always an exciting one. It's one that your kids will remember for years to come as a memorable experience.

I still remember our first trip: I was not much older than three, and we took a bus into the city for an adventure. I remember my teddy-bear backpack filled with a few toys and snacks, and my go-kart sandals. And boy, did I think I was hot stuff in those go-kart sandals! I will never forget that trip. It was quite special because it taught me a valuable lesson: it's not the amount of money you spend on a trip, but rather creating memories with your loved ones.

While in the city, we went window shopping, played, and just plain had fun. The highlight of that day was when my mom bought me a colour-by-number book. My sister and I must have coloured for hours! I still have it today, and every time I look through it, it reminds me of that joyous trip to the city.

A great keepsake and children-friendly weekend activity would be to create a drawing table to help them reminisce of their first trip with mom and dad. In this project, we'll paint a table white and have your kids draw their holiday memories using permanent markers to create a family memorabilia.





White paint

Paint brush

Permanent markers

Krylon Clear Aerosol spray paint

Step 1.

Sand, prime and paint the table white.

Step 2.

Ask your kids to draw things they saw during their holidays using coloured permanent markers.

Step 3.

Once the majority of the table top is filled with drawings, spray the entire table with Krylon clear aerosol spray paint. Let dry.

Marc Atiyolil is a celebrity designer, the Editor-in-Chief of Home Trends Magazine, a design expert on CTV, host of the TV series DIY Hotline and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show on To submit a question, visit


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