Crafting a Chalkboard Coffee Table
I was walking in Portland, Maine, when inspiration struck. I came across an activity table outside a boutique along the waterfront. The table was clearly meant for kids—it was low to the ground and came with two small chairs, and most importantly, the table was also a chalkboard.
Herein lies the inspiration.
A few months back I took a wood coffee table from my aunt and uncle, who were giving away furniture in preparation for their upcoming move to Florida. Staring at the chalkboard activity table, I realized that I could easily and cheaply replicate it for adults.
Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of each step, but they are relatively simple. The coffee table that I used was store-bought and finished with polyurethane. In order to make sure that the paint would properly adhere to the wood, I removed the polyurethane by using a fine grade of sandpaper; going along the grain. Upon completion, I wiped down the table with a damp cloth to remove any excess sawdust.
Next, I painted the table. I did not want the entire table to be black or a chalkboard, so I used two colors. I painted the legs an antique cream-colored paint. The top of the table received three coats of chalkboard paint (available at any hardware store).
I wanted to give the table a bit of an antique feel, so once the paint dried I distressed the table using a medium grade of sandpaper randomly scraping off small patches of paint.
The project took three days, allowing time for the paint to dry in between coats.
So, who’s ready for a game of Tic Tac Toe?
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