How To Make a Chalkboard Table: A Step-By-Step Guide
Making a chalkboard table is actually pretty simple. It's a great way to repurpose an old piece of furniture into a functional and fun conversation piece. I'll show you step-by-step how to make a chalkboard table.
Before you get started, you should get all your supplies together. To make a chalk board table you will need the following:
- chalkboard paint, spray paint is easiest to work with, but you can also get the brush on chalkboard paint. I used Krylon spraypaint for this project, which comes in green or black. It runs about $8 a can at the local craft store.
- contrast paint for the legs of the table
- a table (perhaps this goes without saying)
- sand paper
- a tarp or cardboard to put under your work surface
- a paintbrush
- safety goggles
- paint mask
- an electric sander
Preparing your work surface
You should start with a clean dry surface, removing any lose paint. You will also want to start with a smooth, but not glossy, surface. You can sand glossy or rough surfaces with about 220 grit sandpaper. You can use an electric sander, like we did here.
If using an electric sander, please make sure to wear the proper safety equipment, including safety goggles. All work should be done in a well-ventilated area. You should also use a paint mask to avoid inhaling any paint fumes.
Applying the Chalkboard Paint
Once your surface is ready, shake your spray paint can vigorously for 2 minutes after ball begins to rattle. Repeat the vigorous shaking for 10 seconds after each minute of use. Hold the can about 10-14 inches from the surface of the table. Then, spray in a sweeping motion beginning off the surface and off the other side. Follow a pattern of painting horizontally first and then vertically. You must apply two coats to create a chalkboard finish.
Painting the Table Legs
After you paint the surface of the table with chalkboard paint, it's time to paint the legs and edges of the table in a contrasting color. I love the way the turquoise color used here pops against the black of the chalkboard paint.
Let Your Work Dry
After you are done painting, you should allow the table to dry for 24 hours before initial use.
Preparing the Chalkboard
Once your chalkboard table is dry, it's time to break in the chalkboard surface. Do this by rubbing the full area with the side of a chalk and then erasing the entire surface.
It's important to note that you should only use calcium carbonate chalk and felt erasers with the Krylon chalkboard paint, as clay chalk may scratch the surface. I am not sure if this is the case with other brands of spray paint, so please read the fine print on the paint can.
Chalkboard Paint Bargains
I hope you enjoy your chalkboard table as much as I do. We have gotten a lot of use out of the table and it's a great conversation starter. For the price of some paint and an old table, you can your family can have hours and hours of fun. I'd love to hear about your experience making your own chalkboard table.