Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I've Been Working On The Railroad

You know how the song goes, right? I've been working on the railroad, all the live long day. Well I haven't exactly been working on the railroad, I've been working on the train. And it hasn't been all day, it's been For.Ev.Er! {At least it feels like it!} A while ago {a long while ago} I was on my friend Mirissa's blog and saw the cutest train I'd ever seen. It was a train that spelled her daughters name and I loved it! I was quick to ask where she got it and how I could get one for myself. Imagine my surprise when she told me she purchased the train letters at Michaels and painted them herself! I was seriously impressed and super excited to try one myself. I hopped in the car {the next day, I think!} and made the hour and a half drive to Michaels to gather my supplies. Unfortunately my Michaels did not have these adorable trains and my long drive was all for naught. {I'm pretty sure I didn't come home from Michaels empty handed though!} I'm lucky to have such a sweet friend though because she was more than willing to go to her Michaels, collect the goods, and send them my way. So a big shout out to Mirissa. Thanks for the wonderful idea! So here's my version of the "name train" {which by the way I didn't do a name, as you'll soon see}. I started by painting the base of the train car and the wheels. {Yes, I realize I'm dyslexic and my "s" is backwards.} I seriously despise sanding so I decided to forgo it and just went straight to painting. Serious mistake.
After painting my train and realizing how bad it looked not being sanded I went back and sanded, painted, and then re-painted until my trains looked good. Then I sanded again around the edges because, well it's kind of the "in" thing right now. No one paints and just leaves it alone anymore do they? I finished my train off by spraying it with a sealer. I think it turned out pretty darn cute.



I'm working on revamping my girls' bedroom which is where this train will reside once their room is done. {Look for more posts to come from their room. I have a super exciting Pottery Barn Kids copycat coming your way!}


Confession: I am a compulsive "match"-er. I think everything should match exactly and have a specific order. I tried really super duper extra hard on this project to just go with the flow and even now I am sitting here looking at the pictures and thinking how badly I want to change some of the letters. But I won't. I will leave it just the way it is. I think. Maybe.



I really want this to be a decoration in their room but I'm not sure the girls will let me keep it on a shelf. They are having too much fun playing with it!


5 comments:

Amy said...

so cute jenn!

Sally said...

I love it! I actually forgot that you were making that. I will have to check and see if our Michaels has the trains.

The Yarbrough Clan said...

i love it Jenn! Turned out great!!!

She Made It Crafts said...

So cute! what a great idea! Plus it plays double duty, a toy and a decoration! Even better!

Meghan said...

oh, SO cute!!

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