Coffee Table Upcycled into Kids Chalkboard Painted Table
Hello DIY’ers! It’s time yet again for a really cool and fun DIY project. Today we are heading back into my daughter’s playroom and we are adding more turquoise to the room but in a very play inspired and functional way. We are going to create a chalkboard table for her so that she can create new art every single day.
What I love about this table is that it has some really feminine curves and lines and is very petite in size, so it’s perfect for a 2 year old. I grabbed this coffee table up for $20 off of a local Facebook yard sale page (If you don’t know what these are, you must google them because you are missing out on some deals!). It came from an estate sale of an elderly woman and I have to share one rather strange find about the table. As I was cleaning it up and prepping it for paint, I found on the underside a mounted gun holster! Go little old ladies!
All of the supplies used in this project are listed at the bottom of this page.
The first thing I did was whip up a batch of my homemade chalkpaint in my turquoise paint that I’ve been using on a few projects in the playroom including this ugly as heck coffee table turned entertainment center. You could also use pre-made chalk paint from Annie Sloan or other brand. I did a quick coat of this chalky turquoise all over the legs and edges of the table. I like to use a big round brush when painting with chalk paint and furniture with details like this table has so that I can easily get into every nook and cranny.
I gave the legs a clear wax and buff after several hours of the paint drying. Once I was done with the legs, I went ahead and primed the top of the table with some Bulls Eye white primer. I’ve read that some people use the chalk paint without priming but my table top was really slick and I was nervous about the chalkboard paint not sticking, so I primed to be on the safe side.
After you are done priming you want to start with your first coat of chalkboard paint. I highly recommend using a very smooth roller like the one I’m showing here. For the first coat, I was all about the coverage, making sure that I gave it a nice smooth layer but I didn’t worry to much about lines. Be sure to let the first coat dry completely before moving on to the second.
On the second coat, I went a little thicker on the chalkboard paint and worked in straight lines up and down the length of the coffee table to keep it smooth and visible lines to a minimum. A second coat really does make a huge difference so don’t be discouraged after your first one. It looks horrid!
With the Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint I used, it recommends allowing the chalkboard paint to cure for 3 days before using.
Once you wait the recommended time you want to make sure to season your chalkboard before letting the little ones create any colorful drawings. This was easy by simply rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface area of the table and then erasing.
For erasing your seasoned chalkboard and future artwork from your kids, I have found that day to day use of her playing requires nothing more than some soft cloths. Since I do a lot of other projects that require buffing of waxes and other things, I have a huge stock pile of white rags. I keep a few in a basket under her table and it does the job. Of course, that does leave a slight residue on the chalkboard, just like you remember in school. When the residue becomes an issue or super messy then we do a deeper cleaning of the chalkboard to get rid of the chalk residue with those same white cloths and some warm water. Just lightly damp the cloth with clean warm water and wipe across it once. Then rinse the rag again and repeat. Just be sure you season your board again if you want an easier time of erasing it until your next major cleaning.
This is a favorite with my daughter. She uses it practically every single day and I think it really lets her creativity come out.
If you decide to give this project a try, be sure to come back and share your pictures with us or tag us on Facebook so we can see your creative work!
- Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint
- Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Primer
- 6-Inch Foam Roller for Ultra-Smooth Surfaces (for primer and chalkboard paint)
- Wooster Brush 1895 1-1/2 Thick Stencil Brush (for waxing painted surfaces)
- ChalkPro Paint&Wax Brush – Large (Round brush for colored chalk paint)
- Chalk paint color of your choice for legs and sides
- Crayola 24 Count Sidewalk Chalk (my favorite brand of chalk for kids)