I’m so excited to be guest posting here at My Repurposed Life sharing my chalkboard table!
Thanks Gail for letting me share my little corner of the internet with your readers!
My name is Barbara (or Barbie!) and I’m brand new to blog-land! I started my blog Chase the Star just 7 weeks ago and am having a blast! I’ve gotten to ‘meet’ wonderful new bloggy friends, and be inspired by so many talented ladies! Who knew blogging could be so much FUN?!
It all began when we moved into a single-family house after living in a condo for 7 years. We thought we had a lot of stuff then, we’re a family of 5 after all, but once completely unpacked we quickly came to the realization that in fact we didn’t have enough to fill this larger space, and much less money to boot!
Since I’ve always been ‘crafty’, and ‘creative’, I started to upcycle several of the old pieces we had, and decided to embrace thrift stores and garage sales–I was determined to my make my house a home regardless of my budget!
Soon after moving in and painting the walls in the dining room grey (which I love!), I decided this dinette set was too dark and way too small for our new place!
Once we decided to replace it, I knew exactly where it would take residence next, the kid’s playroom!
Took it outside and got to work! Although the legs and chairs are made from wood, the top is laminate, so I wiped the entire set down pretty well, and decided to go ahead and skip the sanding altogether.
In retrospect, brush painting it on would’ve been slightly more cost effective, but would’ve taken much longer to apply and dry, and frankly I lack patience!!
Now for the fun part! The chalkboard paint!
The top was still in tact (in the ‘molasses brown’ shade I made up), with a foam brush, I applied the chalkboard paint in even strokes.
Brush Chalkboard Paint on Table Top
If you want quick and easy and most importantly EVEN coverage without bristle brush strokes, definitely use a foam brush! I’ve used it in so many projects including this Craigslist desk re-do I worked on several weeks ago, and it never disappoints.
Once dry (just about 30 minutes for the chalkboard finish), I replaced the cushions on the chairs by simply drilling the screws back in.
I didn’t bother changing the covers because they were already a bright cheery striped green pattern that works well in my boy’s playroom.
Scribbling on the table top with chalk! Here is some ‘artwork’ left over from our most recent family gathering-Easter Sunday, where the cousins got in on the doodling action too!
Kids Have Fun with Chalkboard Table
Now it’s a functional and fun space in our sunroom turned playroom where the whole family can gather for board games, a game of ‘hang-man’, or ‘tic, tac, doe’, you name it!
A quick breakdown on the cost:
Dinette Set: Repurposed!
- Spray Paint Cans: $3.47 each x4 =$16
- Chalkboard Paint Can $9 (tons of projects will result out of this little quart size can!)
- Foam Brush-already had it but about $1 brand new
- Sanding block-already had it, roughly $7 brand new (can be reused many, many times!)
Make sure to visit my blog, Chase the Star and check out my other crafting and decorating projects!
Wow! Didn’t Barbara do a super job with this? I think the distressing is perfect! Who wouldn’t love that chalkboard table? I can see that mom and dad could definitely have fun with this repurpose too! Need extra seating? Throw a tablecloth on that baby and you’re good to go! Be sure to visit Barbara to see all the great stuff she does!
See other great chalkboard ideas here: