Train Table Makeover with Alphabet Magnets

Train Table Makeover with Alphabet Magnets

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ETI Envirotex.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Train tables offer hours of fun for active toddlers.  They are short tables that small hands can easily reach and usually feature bright graphics of towns for toy trains and trucks to travel through.  The train table has evolved in recent years to include storage and reversible tops, which come with a hefty price tag.  A new one typically costs over $100.00, so I was thrilled to find this one for sale secondhand in my town.  For $25.00 I got the train table AND a big box of trains to go with it.  Score!Train Table Makeover

It was basic, probably an older model, and showing some wear.

Train Table Makeover

These characteristics made it a perfect contender for The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest featuring ETI Envirotex.FFFC - main graphic

The challenge was to create “Showstopping Tops!” with EnviroTex Lite.  “EnviroTex Lite is a water clear reactive polymer compound.  It cures to a thick, glossy coating in about 8 hours at 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and reaches full strength and toughness in about 48 hours.  This durable, resilient material requires no polishing to produce a high gloss.”

It was my first experience with the product  which turned out much easier to use than I expected.  First, I had to prep the top of the train table.

Train Table Makeover

A piece of fabric in a graphic black and white polka dot print was applied to the top with decoupage medium.  One coat under the fabric and one coat on top worked well.

Train Table Makeover

Then it was time to add some flare.  I considered adding small dinosaur toys or play cars but decided to go with alphabet magnets for their vibrant colors.

Train Table Makeover

The alphabet magnets were placed on the top at random while the decoupage medium was still wet.  It was just tacky enough to hold all the pieces in place.

Train Table Makeover

After drying over night, it was time to apply the EnviroTex Lite.  I could type out that process, but this video explains it much better than I ever could:

EnviroTex Lite really was easy to use.  Making your project level before pouring the resin is key.  Flooding the table with the product took less than 30 minutes, and look at that shine!

Train Table Makeover

The base of the train table got a few coats of mustard yellow.  If you are a regular reader, you know that I am obsessed with this paint right now.  It helped that I had it on hand too.

Train Table Makeover

Now my one-year-old son has a durable and adorable table that is just his size.

Train Table Makeover

I think he likes it!

Train Table Makeover

Dad has gotten some use out of it too.

Train Table Makeover

If you would like participate in a future Fab Flippin’ Furniture Contest, send an email to info@eveyscreations.com.  It’s a lot of fun!

Train Table Makeover



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