Today’s a “Throwback Thursday” project that I did back in 2014! Most of you weren’t following my blog then so I wanted to share it again. I still love this table! — I had this great idea a few months ago… I could buy small pieces of furniture, paint them, and use them to display my jewelry when I go to Treasure Island Flea. Wouldn’t that be more interesting than just setting up folding tables? Well, the answer to that is “yes”, it does make an interesting display. But it sure is a lot of work! I’m not sure if I’ll keep it up or not yet.
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Small Chalkboard Table
Bikeman and I ran across these two tables (along with another) at a random garage sale. These two were already painted brown and in good shape. But I had something else in mind for the round side table… it wanted to be a chalkboard table.
- CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk and Mineral Paint, Memphis Blue — I don’t believe they make this anymore so try Dixie Belle’s Haint Blue or Dusty Blue
- old washcloth
- 320 grit sandpaper
- DecoArt Chalkboard Paint
- paintbrushes – Zibra are my favorite!
How to Add a Chalkboard Top
So I wiped it down and covered it with just one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Memphis Blue. Then I ‘wet distressed’ it (which means I just wiped a wet cloth over it, removing some of the paint) and sanded the top with 320 grit to get it as smooth as possible before covering it with three coats of chalkboard paint. What do you think?
I did learn one important lesson… I painted this in the shade on my patio and left it there to dry. But later in the day, it ended up sitting in the very hot sunshine and a couple of small air bubbles appeared under the chalkboard paint. I pricked them with a pin and smoothed them as much as I could but it still wasn’t the completely smooth top I was looking for. A little disappointing for me but the couple that bought it at Treasure Island still loved it!
This is still one of my favorite color combinations so you’ll probably see it again!
More Small Table Makeovers
If you loved this chalkboard table, check out these projects:
- Painting End Tables with Chalk Mix
- Chalkboard Coffee Table
- My $5.00 Corner Shelf Makeover
- Tips on Painting Kitchen Tables
- Turn a Lamp Into a Side Table
Let me know if you find and makeover any interesting tables at garage sales! We join these blog parties.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
First published June 26, 2014.