How to Make a Chalkboard Tabletop

Heather Paulding
by Heather Paulding
This year for Halloween, I became obsessed with black furniture. I bought some chalkboard paint for some scary DIY craft projects, but then I wondered if I could use the chalkboard paint to renew a few tables for our Halloween party. Never one to venture from an unusual painting project, I decided to go for it! At best, we would have a fun chalkboard table during the winter months that the kids could create chalk masterpiece's on and at worst I would have to re-paint the whole piece. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I purchased Martha Stewart's multi-surface chalkboard paint in black. Martha Stewart and I have this love/hate relationship. Her products are of a great quality, but ungodly expensive. I decided, however, that her chalkboard paint is definitely worth the extra money. The bottle was only 6 fl oz. and I painted two tables with 2 to 3 coats each. Not bad, eh? The coverage is fantastic and it seems that it is fairly water hardy as well. I am pretty stoked and very happy with the results. If you have a home with lots of solid white rooms then a black table will really stand out and the black n' white combination is truly a classic.
Chalkboard furniture painting tips? Start by using thin brush strokes and allow your chalkboard paint to dry at least 12 hours before applying additional coats. You do not need to scrape or remove any old paint, but just make sure you have a clean and dry surface before you begin. That is it!
This was a really easy last minute project and a chalkboard painted table can be fun for everyone...including the big kids! Good luck with your next painting project my friends. Questions?? Just leave them below.
Heather Paulding
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