Chalkboard Coffee Table

June 20th, 2010 in member junk     
Kliff Kliff, member
8 users recommend

Hi, JMS-ers!  Im a long-time lurker, and this is my first complete project to share.  I got this unloved table from Craigslist for FREE.  It was Nasty!  Water stains, cigarette burns, deep scratches, missing rails, and free spider webs.  She should have paid me to take it!
Heres the finished project.  It took wood filler to smooth out the surface, 1 coat of primer, 2 coats of red enamel spray paint (base), and 2 coats of blackboard paint (surface).  Lessons learned:  dont use a paint brush with chalkboard paint in the sun - it dries too quickly to get the brush strokes out.  This led to unnecessary sanding.
Heres a vintage measuring cup that I got at an auction with a box full of junky kitchenalia.  Just needed a little cleaning to get it ready.  Its now the chalk cup, located under the lip of the oval surface, to be out of the way of passing shins and rambunctious toddlers.
This is a white handle I bought at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for 50 cents.  Though I primed the original hardware, it didnt look right, and I didnt want to mess with it.  I wanted a handle so that the eraser rag could be tucked in easily.
So heres the best part - I sold it today at a local flea market to a family with a little girl whos just learning to pull herself up.  The parents were attracted to the color scheme, the chalkboard, and the fact that its oval (no corners!) for their little girl to safely use.  Its a win-win, and my first successful project at making something out of junk!
Hi, JMS-ers!  Im a long-time lurker, and this is my first complete project to share.  I got this unloved table from Craigslist for FREE.  It was Nasty!  Water stains, cigarette burns, deep scratches, missing rails, and free spider webs.  She should have paid me to take it!

Hi, JMS-ers!  I'm a long-time lurker, and this is my first complete project to share.  I got this unloved table from Craigslist for FREE.  It was Nasty!  Water stains, cigarette burns, deep scratches, missing rails, and free spider webs.  She should have paid me to take it!


Here's my debut project on JMS.  I've been lurking here for over a year, admiring all the creativity represented in all the member projects.  I'm so tickled at the way this chalkboard table turned out.  I always knew it was intended for someone else's home, as my kids are well past the doodling-on-furniture stage.  With a little paint, some wood filler, and some cast aside hardware/kitchen stuff, we have a new creation!


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, tabletop, wood, fun, furniture, whimsical, family room, table, great room, red, game room

Comments (12)

ried writes: Ireally like the table. good job transforming it into something cool. Posted: 5:45 pm on November 21st
oldnews writes: This is so cute! You thought of everything on this! It's a fabulous first post and we are all anxiously awaiting more! Marie Posted: 12:22 pm on June 23rd
RedheadedWahine writes: Awesome! It looks so fresh and new. Great idea with the chalk holder. You are very creative! Posted: 2:22 am on June 23rd
suewhitney writes: Love the bright red...nice work!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 12:46 pm on June 22nd
RustyDiva writes: Awesome first project!! Welcome to heaven and can't wait to see what else you create! Congrats on the sale. Posted: 11:03 am on June 22nd
MakinItHappen writes: Wow-wee! You have a knack for this; can't wait to see what you come up with next. Posted: 1:09 pm on June 21st
alicemom writes: Welcome! I love your table. the measuring cup was a perfect addition! Love the color too.
smiles, alice Posted: 4:49 am on June 21st
BillyJo writes: WOW!!! I really like your style and creativity. Chalk board paint on a table top. It may be your first post but it sure is a seasoned result! Thanks Billy Jo Posted: 1:50 am on June 21st
chippingcharm writes: Welcome to posting...love the little measuring cup for chalk. Glad it found the perfect home :) Laurel Posted: 10:55 pm on June 20th
luvfish writes: I love this!! Great creativity. Posted: 10:44 pm on June 20th
vanj writes: wonderful job i love it. the color is awesome. great job
keep up the posts

vanessa Posted: 7:43 pm on June 20th
leesee64 writes: Great transformation...glad you posted! Posted: 7:23 pm on June 20th
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