Wednesday, December 5, 2012

CHOO CHOO TABLE!




WHILE IN UPSTATE NY MY 
MOM ASKED ME IF I WOULD MAKE 
HER A TRAIN
TABLE FOR MY NEPHEWS AND THE
KIDS THAT SHE BABYSITS FOR.
I USED COLORS INSPIRED
BY THE LITTLE THOMAS TRAINS.

SO I WENT TO WORK ON THIS
PROJECT FOR HER. I PICKED
UP A COFFEE TABLE AT THE
THRIFT STORE IN N.J.

THIS IS THE ONE SHE SAW 
AT TOYS ARE US THAT SHE 
LIKED...
SO HERE IS THE COFFEE TABLE I FOUND TO WORK WITH IN 
THE BEGINNING...

THE STORAGE UNDERNEATH THE
TABLE WAS GREAT WITH 4 PULL OUT
WICKER BASKETS AND 4 PULL OUT
DRAWERS. BOTH SIDES OF THE
COFFEE TABLE WERE USEABLE AND I
KNEW IT WOULD BE GREAT FOR THIS
PROJECT..


PICTURES ARE A LITTLE DARK I WAS IN THE BASEMENT 
WHEN I STARTED THE PROJECT.

WE PICKED UP A THIN RUG FOR
THE TOP THAT HAD TRAIN TRACKS
AS THE GRAPHIC AND CUT IT TO
THE SIZE OF THE TOP.

HERE IS THE PROJECT HALF WAY THRU...
I THEN FRAMED OUT 
THE TOP WITH SOME MOLDING 
FOR A MORE FINISHED LOOK, 
AND THE REST WAS PAINTED, AND
MY NEPHEWS HELPED ME OUT!


HERE SHE IS ALL FINISHED...




SHE ALREADY HAD THE TRACK AND THE TRAINS AND ACCESSORIES. WE PUT 
VELCRO ON THE BOTTOMS OF ALL
THE TREES AND PEOPLE AND SIGNS, AND WITH THE RUG TOP IT WORKED OUT
PERFECT AS THE PIECES WOULD STAY
WHERE YOU PUT THEM.

I EVEN MADE A LITTLE TREE
FOREST!

I USED A NAIL GUN TO PUT ALL
THE TRACK IN PLACE AND PAINTED
THE MOLDING TO MATCH THE
TABLE AND FINISH OFF THE LOOK.


LOTS OF ROOM FOR ALL
THE TRAINS AND SPARE PIECES!

HOPE YOU LIKE THE WAY IT 
TURNED OUT, MY NEPHEW SAID
"IT'S THE BEST TRAIN TABLE EVER"
AND IT WAS MADE FOR UNDER 
$35.00 VS THE ONE IN TOYS
ARE US WHICH WAS $199 AND
I LIKE MINE BETTER!

23 comments:

  1. yours is definitely way better!!!!! that table is any little boy's dream!

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  2. Really!! Those are some MADD re-purpose skills. Every detail is awesome. Our boys had a Thomas set & table too. Saving for the Grands some day still yrs. away.

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  3. Lauren, you did great job! About 8 years ago, we did purchase the one for $200. We're going to keep it forever. I don't regret it, b/c I think my boys played with it every day for probably three years straight, but I thinking back, we probably could've made our own back then and just didn't think to it. Wait till you have your own kids!!! You're such a whiz now, you'll be builidng train tables and play kitchens all over the place! Adding the velcro was a really good idea to help secure the accessories. OUr train table... such great memories!!

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  4. This is really really really awesome. You did a wonderful job!!

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  5. Lauren this project is incredible!!! It turned out SO great and looks like sooo much fun!! Lucky kids :) I hope I can do something similar when I have kids someday!

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  6. that is freakin awesome!!!! all of that storage is great.
    i emailed you in response to you featuring my bench (pickedandpainted.blogspot.com) but the email was rejected so i am responding on here. Yes, i would love if you feature my bench.

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  7. This is awesome! Great job!
    and now you have got the wheels turning in my head. Unfortunatly my kids are too big to enjoy it.

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    1. thanks for checking it out Audra and for the nice comment!

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  9. Cutest.train.table.ever.!!!! The fact that it has basket underneath to hold all the stuff is so awesome!!

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  10. Lauren, yours knocks it out of the park! Way better than any other train table out there! Love it!! Hey, I'm hosting Home for the Holidays 2012 ~ Hand Painted Christmas Link Up Party which is live now, would love for you to share it at: http://alittlebitoshizzle.blogspot.com/2012/12/home-for-holidays-2012-hand-painted.html Hope to see you there! Thanx! ps, switching everything over to wordpress next week, hopefully I'll be able to start getting your emails again a hui hou, Shelly

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  11. You did a great job! I've been thinking about doing something like this for my youngest!
    Would love for you to link this to my dual party.
    http://www.joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/12/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-8.html

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  12. love your project! How clever to make your own table for the existing train set. love the rug on it!
    gail

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  13. Great repurpose! I am sure the kiddos love it, it is so cute!

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  14. Oh my word Lauren!
    You are a genius!
    AMAZING!
    I am going to featurte this Monday for sure!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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    1. thank you so much Stacey for the great comment and i can't wait to read the feature!

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  15. This is really really really awesome. You did a wonderful job!!thanks

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  16. This looks awesome, it would definitely be a winner at my house! I love the storage as well (as a mom, I'm allowed to love storage ideas). I gave this a feature! Have a great Christmas!

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  17. Freaking Amazing!

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  18. FANTASTIC! my son loves trains I think this would be a good project! he leaves his train pieces out in the floor and 2 have already had to be trashed because adult feet stepped on them. this would get them up and out of the way! and make for easy clean up! I love this !

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