Thomas the Train Toddler's Room Makeover with Pictures

The memories remain now...Heston and his family moved to a new home and I now live in the home where these amazing drawings reside.

How lucky I am.

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All that it takes to transform a child's room into a magical kingdom like Sodor of Thomas the Train fame is an overabundance of imagination and creativity. The supplies are really secondary to the project.

Before you tackle this project, you will want to consider the following:

  1. The room will be topsy turvy for at least some part of the time that you are creating the murals on the wall
  2. Decide how you will manage the chaos in the baby's room.
  3. Will you move furniture out for some part of the painting?
  4. Has your baby shown any allergy to airborne allergens?
  5. Does your child have respiratory issues of any kind?
  6. Make a list of concerns that you wish to address before you are elbow deep in paint.

Nemo is a choice some children prefer

Materials you will need

  • sketching pencils
  • drop cloth
  • paints in various colors
  • brushes
  • rollers
  • pan for paint
  • flat indoor house paint
  • containers to use for rinsing brushes


  • For this project my daughter used--
  • apple barrel acrylic paints
  • and to finish the whole scene, she sprayed it with a clear rustoleum
  • If you are creatively challenged (like me), you may wish to consider purchasing 'stick on' décor for the room. There are available many very attractive, durable choices that appeal to children.

Patience and your sense of humor

Once you have all of the items gathered, there is one more requirement. Bring an equal amount of patience to the project. Your toddler may wish to 'help' and that is important. So, at least for some part of the project, allow that to happen.

Your toddler may help too much sometimes. Some of what you paint may require a bit of improving by your toddler perhaps with a pencil. Consider leaving some low spots available in case your child is feeling especially creative. You may like it so much you may decide to refrain from painting over it.

The pictures that are included with this article chronicle this little boy's room being transformed from whimsical animals to Sodor.

Bye bye to our room of friendly animals

THE FLUFFY FANCIFUL CRITTERS ON THE WALLS WERE THERE FOR THE GRANDBOY'S FIRST 22 MONTHS.
THE FLUFFY FANCIFUL CRITTERS ON THE WALLS WERE THERE FOR THE GRANDBOY'S FIRST 22 MONTHS. | Source

The beginning

THE WALL IS NOW A BLANK CANVAS...sketching has begun
THE WALL IS NOW A BLANK CANVAS...sketching has begun | Source

Step 1

The first step she took was to remove some of the furniture. She rearranged other furniture so that the baby could still sleep in there.

Window treatments, decor on the walls, throw rugs, electronic equipment, and toy chest were also removed.

The walls were then painted with a flat white paint so she had a blank canvas.

Rolling hills are taking shape

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Step 2

The background sky and rolling hills were then painted.

She began to sketch parts of the scene she would begin work on next.She would step back and decide where she wanted a specific part of the scene and then she would sketch it.

Momma's little helper

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Step 1,2,3

Baby boy was welcome in his room as Mom transformed it. He did some creative designing of his own. There were times throughout the process that he sat on Mom's feet and played with brushes while she designed.

Baby found his place in the midst of the seeming confusion.

Tracks make this really take shape...

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Step 4

As the scene continued to evolve, she would sketch more distinctive features. Here we see that she has drawn and painted the tracks.

The tracks are a very important part of the whole scene of course. The Baby talks almost as much about the tracks as he does the train.

We now know that a train will soon appear.

Details begin to appear

Note the shelf with the brace...Daddy made the shelf with its creative brace.
Note the shelf with the brace...Daddy made the shelf with its creative brace. | Source

Step 5

More detail is being added as our Thomas-land becomes more real.

Daddy made the shelf you can see in the photo above. The creative brace was also some of his handiwork. This is really a family project.

Welcomed to Sodor

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Step 6

More sketching, more additions that continue to bring Sodor to life are added.

We know we are really welcome in this little train town as this welcome sign appears.

The scene is beginning to seem so real

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Step 7

As this part of the scene is added, the whole feel of the scene begins to change. It seems to help really draw everything together.

It seems as if we can now step right into the scene.

We must have our picture taken by the sign!!

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Step 8

Balloons are a favorite of the Baby who calls this his room. The welcoming balloons, waving in the breeze let him know that this really is going to be a room he will enjoy.

A ferris wheel calls out to us....'come and play'....

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Step 9

The bridge now looks like a real, sturdy bridge. Traffic can now scoot around Solor. Highways welcome traffic.

The carnival scene in the background lets us know we can have fun here.

Hello, Mr. Topham Hat

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Step 10

Sir Topham Hat is a really important addition to the scene. He is in most Thomas shows. He is welcoming all to the land of Thomas.

Each little detail makes this more and more inviting.

Trains are coming....

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Step 11

The bridge, the tracks, the welcome sign, Sir Topom Hat, and many other details invite us to come into this play land.

And now we have trains. Trains chug chugging down the tracks.

A quiet little duck pond along the tracks

LITTLE SHEEP AND DUCKS DOT THE LANDSCAPE.
LITTLE SHEEP AND DUCKS DOT THE LANDSCAPE. | Source

Enjoying the scenery as we move along...

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Step 11

My daughter continued to add more interesting features to the scene. The little sailboat catches our eye as we drive along down the tracks.

This happy little train chugs along...

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Step 12

This is what we have really been waiting for, a little train to appear. It is traveling down the track.It makes us wish we could hop on board.

Is that Thomas?

...HAPPY LITTLE TRAIN MOVING ALONG...
...HAPPY LITTLE TRAIN MOVING ALONG... | Source

Step 13

Ta da. Our little Thomas is here. He is our happy little train moving along down the track.

Happy little Thomas

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Waving and welcoming us.

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Step 14

Mr. Topham Hat is making sure we know we are welcome. Just a little more detail to create the feel that is just right for this little train village.

"Hi, Harold.'

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Step 15

One of the little Baby's favorite characters in Solor is Harold. Mom knew that so she gave Harold a LOT of personality. It almost makes you want to go for a ride.

Bulgy is taking shape

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Step 16

Of course, Bulgy, our bright red bus, is here to welcome everyone. What fun it is to see the characters come to life on the walls.

Magical trainscape ....ready for us to enter

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Step 17

Stepping back, surveying the scene, the whole little village is now complete. Furniture will be moved back in, window treatments hung, and finishing touches added.

A second shelf was added

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Step 18

One wall was not painted in Thomas décor.

Daddy made a second shelf. This one is rustic like you might expect in a train village.

Mom added some extra touches to it to give it some character.

Close up of the shelf

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Little extra touches

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Step 19

A Thomas bedding set had been purchased to complete the décor. Part of the top sheet was turned into this cute little valence.

A bed skirt with panels

more fabric that was left over was fashioned into a bed skirt with three cute little panels
more fabric that was left over was fashioned into a bed skirt with three cute little panels | Source

Step 20

Mom created this little split bed skirt to attach to the Baby's bed. This was made from the left over fabric from the top sheet.

Now the room is all finished Baby talks about the characters on his wall. It is a happy little room.

You can transform your child's room too. It does take a little planning and time but you will be thrilled with the results.

© 2012 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida Author

She is and I can take no credit for her artistic ability :D The family has moved away to a town 45 minutes away which is not so far...I still see them often. And I live in their house so when baby comes his train room is still in tact.

His Mommy has painted his new room with Curious George ...he adores that funny little monkey.

Thank you for visiting Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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Peggy W 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

Your daughter is really talented! What a cute mural your grandson has to enjoy and it is nice that he also got to add some touches to the final creation. He should enjoy that for many years to come. Up votes and sharing this happy looking wall with others who just might be inspired to create something of their own. Hope today was a great one for you!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi and good morning, Bluewren...

It was so much fun for my daughter to do this. She did let little man come in and help some too. He loves his Thomas characters and actually Rosie is his favorite. He sometimes sleeps with his Rosie car.

Thank you for stopping by.


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Bluewren56 4 years ago from Woonona, NSW

What a beautiful room. So much fun in the planning and making and many hours of enjoyment for the toddler.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

MelChi...It is a cute room she has made for my grandbaby. it is about 6 months since she finished it, and I believe the baby is an even bigger fan now than he was when he helped her recreate the room.

She did it in stages. He would paint some too and she left his little art work in some spots.

She had painted the room my now 17 year old grandson grew up in too. How special this is for both of them.

thank you for stopping by.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

What a lovely hub with all the steps to creating a room for a toddler! Voted up and interesting.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi again, leahlefler...that is a bit of a dilemma but you could always do one wall of superhero...one of Star Wars and they meet...if you have a fourth wall it could be painted as the sky with the stars and constellations. In the one my daughter did, she painted one wall with stripes...yellow and orange...and one with stripes, thicker and they were ahades of blue...she had four walls..so only two of the walls were of Sodor. And to answer to question yes, it was sad to see the little critters go...but we have lots of pictures.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Good to know about the paint type - my boys have a rather "bare" room and I want to decorate it. My older child loves Star Wars and my younger one loves Superheroes, so I'm trying to strike a good balance between the two... not quite sure how to do that! Ill have to look into the apple barrel acrylics and some clear spray paint when I figure out how I'm going to bridge the Star Wars/Superhero gap!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by...this really is cute isn't it? My daughter is the one who created this. I asked her about the paint. She used apple barrel acrylic. then she sprayed her completed 'canvas' with a clear rustoleum.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Wow, what a great child's bedroom! I know my boys would have absolutely adored that when they were in their Thomas phase - great wall mural paintings, too! What type of paint did you use to paint the mural? It must have been a little sad to paint over the baby animals with the primer!

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