DIY Chalkboard Play Table

by Thesweethallhome
12 Materials
1 Day

Let me show you how to bring that beat up play table back to life with a few simple steps and a couple of hours!

If you have children then you probably have a small kids table around that has seen better days. In fact, we actually stumbled across this one on the side of the road with a FREE sign on it.

Step 1: Repair Surface as Needed

In my case, the surface of this table was pretty heavily damaged with major dents and dings covering the entire top. Using my RYOBI Cat Corner Sander and 220 grit disc I lightly sanded the top to remove the glossy finish.

Then I applied a liberal layer of Minwax Wood Filler to the entire surface. I recommend only applying as needed. If your table has less damage then apply only to those areas, or if your surface is dent/damage free then you may skip the filler completely.

Step 2: Sand Surface as Needed

Once the wood filler is dry you will need to sand for a smooth finish. I started with a 80 grit to knock down the edges and remove excess filler. Then I switched to a 120 grit before finishing with 220 for a smooth, even finish. Once sanding is complete I recommend using either a microfiber or tack cloth to remove dust from sanding.

Step 3: Paint the Top

Using a foam roller I painted the top with Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint. Per manufacturer instructions I waited 2 hours between coats. A minimum of two coats is recommended, so I applied 3. I highly recommend doing this outside or in a well ventilated area due to strong fumes.

Step 4: Paint the Base

Once the top is complete you may choose to paint the base as well. The base of my table was already black so I wanted to brighten it up and add some contrast. I chose Sherwin Williams Emerald Latex paint for its durability, but you may use whatever you have on hand.

Step 5: Storage Cups

One of my favorite parts of this table is the fastened storage cups. I purchased 3 plastic cups from Target. I used a 9/64" drill bit to create small holes in the bottom of each cup.

Once positioned to my liking I used a pencil to mark the holes. Using the same drill bit I then drilled holes into the table where I had marked.

I used a ratcheting screwdriver to secure the cups to the table with 3/4" machine screws.

And there you have it! That once old table now has a new life that is sure to provide your children with hours of entertainment!

Suggested materials:
  • RYOBI Orbital & Cat Corner Sanders   (Home Depot)
  • Minwax Wood Filler   (Lowe's)
  • 2in Plastic Putty Knife   (Lowe's)
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