March 07, 2011

Car Table

Do you remember a while back when I showed you the train table my brother-in-law and dad made?  Well, they've had it for years and recently my nephews kind of outgrew their train love, but my sister still wanted the table to be a usable, fun toy.  She came up with a plan and my dad and she went to work.  The boys still love cars, so this is what it the table was transitioned into. 


I don't have a full tutorial for this, but I have lots of pictures.  They used a large sheets of MDF and routered the edges to make it rounded. 


It still sits on the Ikea shelving, providing lots of storage space for toys.


The table features lots of parking spaces.  It also has a ramp (for reaching maximum speed.)


There's a built in gravel pit.  (You can see where the box was screwed in.  The screwed were countersunk, filled in, and painted over on the finished table.)


No, it's not wet.  It's a thick epoxy layer so it looks cool and dirty, but it's completely clean and sealed off.  I know, you want to touch it.  Sorry, this is a computer screen so you can't.  You just have to take my word for it :)


There was a lot of painting, taping off, more painting, etc.  She used vinyl for the yellow lines on the road and then put a coat of polyurethane over everything.


The buildings are screwed down tightly.  They are made by "Tomica" and they are fairly inexpensive.  They have a gas station, a car repair shop, and rescue station.


Pretty sweet, huh?  You might just want to invite yourself over to play.  I do fairly often :)

Tomorrow I'll be showing you a fun boy sewing project for Celebrate the Boy at Made.  See you then.  Thanks for reading!

29 comments:

Rachel said...

Whooosh! That is the sound of me being blown away! That is amazing!
Love your creativity!!!
Rachel @ cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

love that gravel pit!!

Tanja said...

Wow, a great Idea!
Greetings from Germany!
Tanja

Katie said...

That is amazing! I love it and I think once I show it to my husband one will be brewing in his brain! Thanks for sharing!

Build It,Sew It,Love It said...

A-mazing!! That is a boys dream! Super cute!

Catherine Peart said...

I would love to bring my little boy over definitely! I have a play table a friend and I built for our kids. Ideas are brewing....

Phuong said...

Wow! I think any kid would love this! Amazing!

Unknown said...

Wow, that is fabulous!! Looks like so much fun. Myself and the girls will be over to play for sure......if only we lived closer.

Lindsay

Jayna Rae said...

That's pretty much awesome!!!!! Lucky lucky boys. THey are so loved.

Kari Sweeten said...

Cheri this is AMAZING!! Pretty much the coolest car table I've ever seen!!

Team Tindle said...

That is all boy! I can hear train tables being dismantled all accross the nation.... LT

seemesew84 said...

Your family is so crafty! How do you guys come up with the coolest stuff ever??!!!

Erin said...

So cool. My son's would love this...I just wish I had the space for it! lol

dana said...

WOW! That's amazing Cheri! You make the coolest things for your boys!

just me said...

awesome way to refurbish! are you a little worried one of those fast cars is going to crash through the window????:)

Emily at The Fine House said...

Cheri-
First of all, I love your site! Second, that table rocks. I have three boys and even the older ones would love it. Third, this might be a little late, but I just read the question about your kitchen rug. I like rugs under my table too and its never easy to take care of them. A couple of years ago I started making my own out of canvas drop cloths that I paint and seal. They sweep and mop up great and I can afford to change them up when I want something different. You can check them out on my blog www.thefinehouse.blogspot.com Knowing you you can probably make one thats even more awesome!

Unknown said...

All I can say is "WOW!" My little guy has some of those Tomica sets and LOVES them. I bet he would just love something like this. Especially that gravel pit! This ROCKS!

Jan said...

Ok, now THAT is cool! I love the idea and all of the play surface the kids have. So impressed! Just love it!

Tai Bender said...

this is fantastic!

Unknown said...

AMAZING!!!!!

Unknown said...

So cool! We are planning to turn our train table into a lego table soon...but never would have thought of something as complex as this!

Tiffany said...

this makes me wish i lived closer to my fam. job well done!

Anonymous said...

All the details really make this table stand-out! They did a fantastic job and any kid would be thrilled to own it! The hours of hardwork will be rewarded by seeing how much the kiddo's enjoy playing with it (:

Marcy said...

I have got to make this for my boys... I adore your blog!!

Kristen said...

Any chance you could e-mail me the dimensions of this? I LOVE it and am trying to determine if I could do something similar and put it where my coffee table is currently.
THANKS!

oSa_toRa said...

Amazing! It's a great idea and excellent realization of its.

Unknown said...

I want one thanks for sharing just pinned this to show my Dad.

Unknown said...

Love your site! This is going to be my husband's project for our son's upcoming birthday :)

Unknown said...

oh my gosh this is amazing i love it! Definitely going to have to make this for my son when he gets a little bigger! Thank you for sharing! Now following you
Sheena @ http://www.thekeeperofcheerios.blogspot.com/

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