Train Table for a Girl

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My daughter loves to play trains with her older brother. When it came time to transition her room from nursery to toddler, I wanted a train table or train set that was cute enough to go in her room. After checking around, I decided the least expensive option was to make my own.

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I began with a train table my husband made for our son. He used a sheet of plywood for the top secured to 2″x2″ boards for legs. Triangle braces lend support.

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Then he took some inexpensive train track (Imaginex was the brand) and secured the track to the top with screws. Although my son now has a free-form train set where he creates elaborate railways, attaching the tracks was great when he was two and his hand coordination not as steady.

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I used the colors from my daughter’s room as a jumping off point and started painting. I wanted a train table that was whimsical, rather than accurate, and colorful, rather than pink-explosion.

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I painted parts of the train table, deciding to leave some of the natural wood exposed. I also used Mod Podge to secure patterned paper on the table. To date, the paper has started to lift at the edges. I either needed to give it a stronger glue-water ratio or just another coat.

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I love the dip-dye look, but don’t have anything like that in my home, so I gave it a whirl here. Using electrical tape, I taped each table leg and tried to keep each leg even with each other. Then I simply painted over the tape a little and the rest of the leg. Once dry, the tape peeled off easily and required minor touch-up.

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I thought about painting the train tracks, but instead decided to take plain trains from my son’s enormous stash and paint each train car a different shade of pink for an ombre effect (another trend I love, but don’t have in my home).

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The pinks came from the same card and I had almost every sample thanks to my daughter’s nursery.

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A train set wouldn’t be complete without a little village.

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I dipped wooden trees (from Hobby Lobby) in paint and painted little peg people. I also added paper houses from Lille Huset. This company has the cutest doll houses and inspires kids to use their imagination and decorate their little house.

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Since my daughter is a little young for the houses, I decorated them. I also glued the houses together for stability. They come apart easily, perfect for an older kid who likes to change things up a bit.

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My daughter plays with this train set all the time. She loves her pink train and people. It was such a fun project to make for her.

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