storing things can be easy! We updated this old train table by giving it a chalkboard finish.

DIY Chalkboard Train Table

Updating and restoring things can be easy! We updated this old train table by giving it a chalkboard finish, making it a chalkboard train table.
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!
storing things can be easy! We updated this old train table by turing it into a chalkboard train table.

What we used for the chalkboard train table:

We also used these chalk markers to make Oliver a “first birthday” board.

storing things can be easy! We updated this old train table by giving it a chalkboard finish.
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.
storing things can be easy! We updated this old train table by giving it a chalkboard finish.
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.
storing things can be easy! We updated this old train table by turning it into a chalkboard train table.
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.
storing things can be easy! We updated this old train table by giving it a chalkboard finish.
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18 thoughts on “DIY Chalkboard Train Table

  1. Super fun!! I love the versatility of the chalkboard surface!!! You could turn it into anything and everything!! Too fun!!

  2. I love chalkboard paint and all it can be used for! We have a DIY blackboard wall…8X15 ft long! It’s been used for homework, drawing, writing, list of chores and all kinds of fun stuff.

  3. What a great idea! We have a couple train tables around, and I’ve never checked to see what the other side of the surface we see is. A chalkboard would make it super fun 🙂

    • I think it only ran because of the spray paint. I would think if you get a tub of it (gallon?) that it should be good with a roller.

  4. This was a great idea . It makes it possible to recycle old or worn games and make them interesting to the kids again.

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