Roadkill Rescue: Carpet Road Mat

Do you remember this desk I got a week or so ago while I was running?

After further inspection I opened up the roll top and shoved inside was this carpet mat. It was a little grody but I spot-treated it and threw it in my friend’s front loading washing machine and it came out clean and spot-free.

Isaac’s PawPaw (great grandpa) made Isaac a train table for his second birthday. I primered it and painted it red. It had gotten scuffed up from the life of a two year old (now three year old). So I went with it and scuffed it up more and then rubbed brown craft paint into the scuff marks.

Using a box cutter/utility knife and a straight edge I cut the mat to fit the inside of the table.

Much better. The carpet piece protects the surface of the table and now Isaac has a place to “race” his cars.

  • Michelle

    You've got one great idea after another, Beckie! I am so impressed with your creativity!

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

    ~Michelle :)

  • Hope Ellington

    This is my first day to visit your blog and it is a beauty. I love your little racing mat! My 3 year old days are long gone…but it is a joy to see what you have done.

  • Grace

    How wonderful! I'd like my boy to have one of those someday.

  • Lindy

    Too cool! You are one of the most creative mamas! The next time you are in the Atlanta area, we will have to get together and go thrifting! I promise I'm not some crazy lady or anything like that!

  • MiMi


  • MomE

    Oh what a tease…I thought you'd finished the desk! HAHAHA! Love the train table…cute!

  • Carmel

    I agree with MomE… I was looking forward to a desk refab…. but hey, a freebie begetting a freebie? Awesome.

  • Puva


  • Chiloe

    Lucky boy to have such an amazing mom !!! ;-)

  • Clean and Classic Interiors

    No way! That is awesome. My son would love it too and I love the baskets with pictures! Have a great LONG weekend!

  • { L }

    Wow! That turned out to be a true treasure. My boys would love this.

  • Amy Jo

    You got 2 for the price of one roadkill rescue. Or get one, get both free.

  • Shelley Fuge

    Are you stinkin' kidding me?!?! That is definitely one of your best yet. I can't believe that was stuffed in the desk! Girl, you have trash luck!

  • Joy Beadworks

    Fabulous. You are an inspiration.

  • Adrienne


  • Carrie

    That is rockin', girl! My boys would die for a train/car table.

    I'm draaaaaagin' my feet 'cause…really? Do they need anymore toys? Not really. Not at all, actually.

    In fact, I think I'm gonna purge some toys for goodwill this week.

    Maybe then they'll get a train table….


  • Kimm at Reinvented

    Great makeover, LOOVE that paint job!

  • Brook

    I love that this rug has a Menard's store and truck on it which is where our boys grandpa works!

  • emry@my little creative outlet

    such a great idea! my boys would love that. and what a find on that desk. lucky you!