All aboard the awesome-husband train!!
In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, I live in a house full of boys. Boys everywhere I turn – of all sizes. Not an ounce of estrogen in this house. I suppose I have enough to even things out, but seriously, even our dog is a boy. And I bet if there was an easy way to check, most of the bugs that get into this house are boys too!
So having boys means a lot of playing with cars. And trucks. And monster trucks. And tractors. You get the idea – if it has a motor, it’s getting zoomed across any flat space around here. We had some credit card points to use up, so we got a gift certificate to Amazon.com. Love that place by the way. We decided it was time to add trains to the mix. We went ahead and got a huge train set for Andrew’s birthday, knowing that Eli would be the one most likely to play with it right now anyway.
Well, it sat for about a month in the box, hidden away, because we didn’t want to break out that 132+ pieces of madness before we had a train table. But we, being a couple of big kids ourselves, couldn’t take it any more. We really wanted to open it up! So when we couldn’t wait any longer, we broke it open. But no table. So we were stuck doing this:
On the floor. Wood tracks don’t work real well on the carpet. But the kiddos (and Grant) tried. So it went this way for a while.
We wanted to keep the table cheap since the train didn’t cost us anything, and so we waited until the right table came along. One day, Grant stumbled onto an estate sale and found this beauty for 15 big ones:
The top just wasn’t salvageable since it was so warped. So we “splurged” and bought a piece of plywood for 20 bucks. He also bought some green and white paint. And then went to town using his mad Art Teacher skills:
While he was doing that, I worked on painting the base white after sanding it down.
Then because the plywood had an ugly edge, we used some white-birch veneer trim to cover it. We got to break out the iron for that step!
Grant used all the old hardware to attach the top to the base once everything was painted and dried. And here’s what we ended up with:
We brought it up after the kids went to bed so that we could play on it first. Nice parents, huh? We knew we could never build a big set if both of them were around, they’d just wreck it. Do I sound like a whiny two-year-old now? That’s the tone I heard in my head as I typed that. Maybe it’s just that we had one of those really whiny, “off” days today. Oh well. Anyway, here’s what Eli and Andrew got to wake up to the next morning:
So there ya have it. A train and train table all for under 50 bucks. Not too shabby! The awesome-husband train is chuggin’ right along!