Disclosure: This train table makeover 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!
It was basic, probably an older model, and showing some wear.
These characteristics made it a perfect contender for The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest featuring ETI Envirotex.
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.”
Train Table Makeover
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Now my one-year-old son has a durable and adorable table that is just his size.
I think he likes it!
Dad has gotten some use out of the train table makeover too.
If you would like participate in a future Fab Flippin’ Furniture Contest, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a lot of fun!
I also gave a midcentury modern dresser a makeover in green to go in Sadler’s room. There’s a fun surprise inside the drawers. Click here to check it out!
6 thoughts on “Train Table Makeover with Alphabet Magnets”
Happy Toddler = True sign of success! How fun! Thanks for sharing!
Yes! He is an honest little guy!
Super fun project, love how you made this your own, so clever! Your little munchkin is so cute, and will surely enjoy this table for a long time to come!
Thank you, Lisa! I’m so pleased with how it turned out 🙂
Your table turned out so cute! Love the bright letters with the polka dots!
Thank you so much! Polka dots make everything happy 🙂