I picked up this train table from the goodwill for $20! My husband thought I was crazy since it was a bit banged up and not real wood. I thought it was a great deal considering the $100+ price tag I've seen on new train tables! Plus I knew our kids would love it and with a little bit of work it would be almost like new.
First, I cleaned it off all over with a rag and some soap and water. Then I took it all apart. Once it was all laid out I gave it a light sanding where the edges were roughed up.
Here are some before pictures:
I painted the main parts of the table with white chalk paint. Then I painted the drawers with teal chalkboard paint. Next, for the tops, I used a chalkboard spray paint and the other side with leftover home made teal chalk paint. I left everything to dry and that evening I did a second coat. Then let it all dry overnight.
The next morning, I used the rustoleum spray paint clear coat on all the outside/front pieces of the table and on top with the teal chalk paint. I let that wire out/dry overnight in the garage. This project cost me only the table since I had everything else at home but if you needed to buy paint I still think the cost would be minimal and worth the effort.