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DIY Chalkboard Coffee Table

DSCN6945 (2)I found a can of chalkboard spray paint on clearance for $3! I threw it in the cart. I have never used chalkboard paint, and it just seemed like a fun thing to try. When I got home I looked around at our recent Goodwill purchases to see if there was anything I wanted to use it on. We have bought a 6 drawer dresser ($12) and a magazine rack ($2), but neither seemed ideal for the kids to draw on with chalk. So I thought a coffee table might be fun. Well one day when Scott was driving back and forth to church to work on VBS, he saw a yard sale with some furniture. They had a table with a smooth top marked down to $5. I had been looking for wooden tables, but this seemed like a good risk for the price.

I read the can for the paint and it said it would work on a multitude of surfaces. I was super excited to try it out. PLUS we have been having perfect spray painting weather the past week.

Bennie's tips for spray painting

I have spray painted many things in my life. As a 4-H member I spray painted model cars. I was taught to spray paint by a man named Bennie. He knows what he’s doing when it comes to spray paint. I’ve outlined some of the helpful things he has taught me here: Bennie’s tips for spray painting.

Now as a parent I like to fix up play things for the kids. Here is a picture of P’s kitchen we got her for becoming a big sister. It had been used as an outdoor toy and was a really unattractive green (stolen phrase from Olivia, The Case of the Missing Toy).

I have never spray painted chalkboard paint. So I have been excited to see if it really works as a chalkboard. This will be a great addition to our basement. We had just spent a late night in the basement due to a storm, and it is not currently set up for that. It’s definitely a neglected space. Hopefully that will change with a good scrub and the addition of some furniture.

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Here it is! The legs are definitely kind of different looking, but it is really sturdy. Function weighs out form on this project. It is for the unfinished basement.

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My prepped table ready for paint. I scrubbed the top, taped the edges and covered the legs and the garage floor. I painted around 8 when the temperature was around 60 degrees.

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After two coats of spray paint. I did allow it to dry over 15 minutes between coats.

I love it! Now I do have paint left in this can. So I am open to suggestions! Where would be a good place to use up some chalkboard paint?

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