We turned THIS into a beautiful chalkboard train table. This train table was a gift from my brother for Evan’s first Christmas, and it has been very well loved. The most damaging things done to it have been peeling the image off, and sticking stickers to the top. We’ve been wanting to replace it, but then I had an idea.
What about having multiple tops? Then it occurred to me, we don’t need to design multiple tops! Turning it into a chalkboard train table would make it customizable.
The texture of the top was damaged from the peeling and stickers, so we flipped it over to use the back (the green sides) as our base. We figured chalkboard spray paint would make the whole thing really easy, and we were right!
What we used for the chalkboard train table:
We also used these chalk markers to make Oliver a “first birthday” board.
At first, my husband propped the boards up and began spray painting. Don’t do this! The paint ran. We noticed it quickly enough and laid them down to finish. The final chalkboard train table does show where the paint ran, but the “drips” aren’t actually there anymore.
The chalkboard spray paint dries to the touch within 20 minutes, 4 hours for use, and 24 hours until it’s completely set. We left it outside in the driveway for a few hours before moving the two parts to our enclosed porch until it was ready to come in.
Both the boys were immediately drawn to the table. They had to check it out! The whole process was so easy, I don’t mind if they mess it up again, because we can just redo it! This would be a great way to upcycle something off Craigslist, too.
I used the chalk markers to draw a “scene” out on the table, and Evan started playing straight away. This update really renewed the kids interest in the train table.
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