DIY Train Table

train table

My littlest guy Finn is almost 2 and a half – and he loves things that move: planes, trains, & automobiles. We have a train set from when Connor was younger that has been put away, and I am going to get it out for Christmas for Finn. New to him, cheap for me! I wanted to get him one of those fun train tables to go with it, but I was flabbergasted at the price. Like this one and this one! Yikes!!! My Christmas budget is $40 a kid for ALL of their gifts, so obviously I can’t spend hundreds on just one gift. Even buying them used is usually $75 or so. On top of that, those tables are really small. FAR too small for all of our train pieces.

So the wheels started turning. I knew I could come up with a better and cheaper table, like when I made Connor’s Lego table several years ago.

We have an extra twin bed in Finn’s room right now. When we moved, we didn’t really have anywhere else to put it, as his room was the only one with any extra space. So I decided that I thought we could turn that into a train table for a few years, since it is just sitting there unused until Finn gets older.

I sent my husband to Lowe’s to get a piece of wood for the base. It cost about $12.

First, Byron cut the board to fit the size of the bed.

First, Byron cut the board to fit the size of the bed. (See Finn in the background? Oblivious that this is for him!)

Then, I painted the board green with leftover paint we had sitting around.

Then, I painted the board green with leftover paint we had sitting around.

Next, I painted on details: a river, desert, road, forest, and some fun little animals and signs.  I also scored the end and shoved it in nice and tight, to both cover up an opening by the headboard and make sure the board was very snug!

Next, I painted on details: a river, desert, road, forest, and some fun little animals and signs.
I also scored the end and shoved it in nice and tight, to both cover up an opening by the headboard and make sure the board was very snug!

A sign pointing to "Finnville". He won't get it now, but he'll think it's neat once he can read!

A sign pointing to “Finnville”. He won’t get it now, but he’ll think it’s neat once he can read!

The finished result! This is only about 1/3 of our trains, but I was trying to snap a pic very quickly so the surprise wasn't ruined before Christmas.

The finished result! This is only about 1/3 of our tracks, but I was trying to snap a picture very quickly so the surprise wasn’t ruined before Christmas.

He’s going to love it! I almost can’t wait to give it to him!

Total cost: $12!

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