If you’ve followed my posts in the past, you may have noticed that I love chalkboards. Who doesn’t?! They are fun and you can be a kid and scribble on random items that have been chalkboard-ified. I’ve chalkboard-ified nightstands, tables and even have a chalkboard blackplash in my kitchen so we can write on the walls. 🙂
A few weeks back I took apart and old dining room table and used the base to make one of these spool tables. Then I had a random table top that I didn’t know what to do with. I really didn’t want to just throw away that big piece. So, it become a chalkboard!
Ben helped me with some of the prep work for this, thank goodness! We had to strip off the old latex paint job and sand off the glossy original finish. That doesn’t sound like much, but it was quite the task in 95 degree weather. Then, we painted on about 3 coats of Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint, letting it dry between coats.
After you paint on chalkboard paint, it’s important to let it cure for the recommended amount of time before writing on it. Otherwise, your chalk may just scratch off the paint.
Once it’s cured, you “season” it by rubbing it all over with the side of a piece of chalk, then erasing it. That helps improve erase-ability for future doodling. (I’m pretty sure I’m making up words all over the place here.)
Here’s the finished product! That table top definitely did not go to waste!