Friday, June 8, 2012

Chalkboard Dining Table

How many of you get tired of your kids scratching up your dining table?  I know I do.  I must of gone through 3 dining tables in our 2 years in Cincinnati.  This time I took matters into my own hands.  I bought a used solid wood farmhouse style dining table and distressed the heck out of it so my kids (or husband) couldn't mess it up.  

This is what it looked like before

and this is what it looks like now.

Here is how I did it.

1.) I spray painted the base in Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze
2.) I sanded and painted the table in 5 layers of neutral tones
- teal blue
-mint green
-creamy white
-greyish brown (lightly with a brush)

3,) I heavily sanded the top.
4.) I taped off and painted the center in chalkboard paint to look like a runner.
5.) I washed the non chalkboard area with miniwax dark paste wax.

The runner is really great for writing the menu,  place marks of where to sit, or for your kids to go at it with chalk to keep them occupied during dinner.

Wait until you see the chairs I am pairing it with.  One of the two chairs I bought pictured above broke, so I am using one of them because my husband insist on it being his desk chair (the dining table doubles as his desk), but the rest well lets just say I have to be creative.



As you can see we're partying all week long. I probably need to go to link party rehab.  Oh well,  grab a martini and join us....Monica









  1. great idea! i am not usually a fan of chalkboard dining tables because i know how they feel.... but the stripe down the middle was a great way to avoid that and still have the fun! fabulous!

  2. This is brilliant Sarah!
    I am dying to paint my dining room table - but I think that's the
    one thing John won't tolerate, lol
    Beautiful job - absolutely love the chalkboard down the center.

  3. this is a really cute makeover and can't wait to see it with the chairs!

  4. That really is creative with the stripe going down the middle - next thing ya know, a restaurant will copy that one!

  5. That rubbed oil bronze is my new favorite spray paint. How cute to have the chalkboard running down the middle! Great idea!

  6. I love your creativity with this! Not only can they not mess it up, but oh how much fun they can have!

  7. This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  8. This is awesome!! I have a table very similar to this and wanted to redo it somehow! I may do this!!!

    a content housewife {blog}

  9. Monica...what a great idea. Love your table. Can't wait to see the chairs. I'm working on my dining table and chairs right now too! I found you at DIY Project Parade. I'm a follower now. Blessings ~ Judy

  10. This is an excellent idea, I bet your kids will love dining time. Nicely done, thanks for sharing. I am your new follower.

  11. this is completely lovely - what a great AFTER! genius to use chalkboard down the middle!

  12. I love this! It is fun and functional and you could even write happy birthday on it for those special days!

  13. Very cute Monica! I really like how it has a long strip of chalkboard rather than the entire top!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  14. Featured you today!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  15. Very cool. I love that you didn't paint the whole top with chalkboard paint and you used the different finishes. I'm thinking it looks straight out of Pottery Barn!

  16. Great project! Love the transformation!! Thanks for linking up to The Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!