Chalkboard Side Table for the Playroom


Hello there! 
Hope you had a great 4th of July!  Happy Birthday the good ol’ 
U.S. of A! 
Today I’m back to business sharing a chalkboard table I made over for my kid’s playroom. 
During one of those rare moments earlier this week where I had about an hour to kill, I decided to finally paint an unfinished side table I had gotten at a thrift store ages ago.  It looks like it was made  from wood scraps by someone in their garage, but hey for $4.99 I can’t complain! 
It’s quite sturdy actually, and I’d been using it in the playroom to hold knick-knacks and small toys.



As with many other projects, I used what I had on hand:

Chalkboard paint
Foam brush
Mod Podge spray (matte finish)
Threw on some HGTV for company and started brushing on the chalkboard paint.  

One full coat and a quick light second coat is all it took.  Chalkboard paint dries super fast!  I started with the legs, and by the time I’d gone all the way around, the legs were already dry.

I went over the edges with chalk, adding a little more linear detail on the bottom shelf, and around the screws, etc.  Pretty much just winged it until I got the look I wanted.  When I made a mistake, I had a damp towel handy–wiped off and did it again.  
It was pretty fun actually!


Once it looked like I wanted it to, I went over the edges (only) with the Mod Podge spray to seal it.  If you’re doing this, make sure not to spray too closely, because it’ll blow the chalk right off (I learned the hard way).  The spray can should be a good 12 inches from your project. 

If you focus just on just spraying the edges directly over the chalk, your kids (or you!) will still be able to doodle on the table without smearing or smudging the chalked edges.  I figured I can always paint over the chalk lines if the kids want a different design and let them ‘decorate’ it, sealing it again with the Mod Podge at any time.

Two dvr’d episodes of The High Low Project later (I love Sabrina Soto), my kid’s had a new and fun side table!

Loving it flanking the TV along with the file cabinet in 
their playroom!

I love chalkboard paint and have used it in other projects like the dinette I turned kid’s game table, and more!  

Have you tried it yet?


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  1. says

    I want it… PLEASE?? Come on.. I’ll take good care of the table.. I PROMISE!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  2. says

    Really cute Barbara! I also noted the red piece in the back with the that a dresser? It looks really cool – would love to see it!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    • says

      Thanks Stacey! That red dresser was given to me by a friend of mine (Janiene @ A Bunch of Bishops) a while back. I updated the hardware and added the numbers, maybe you’ll see a post on it sometime soon! Thanks for stopping by! XO


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