I have such a fun project to share with you guys today. I absolutely adore little kid furniture and I have been so excited to transform this little table and chairs for Griffin.
I started with a kids table that came from a consignment sale ($5) and two chairs from a yard sale ($4).
They were in pretty rough shape to being with – especially the table. The top was chipped, scratched, and flaking all over the place so I started by sanding the whole thing down. Normally I wouldn’t bother sanding the finish completely off a piece I was planning to paint anyway. But this finish was in such poor shape, it was the easiest thing to do.
I primed the whole thing and painted it white. It was looking much better but needed a major dose of personality.
When Lue Patterson from UrbanOasisDécor offered to let me try out some of her hand mixed chalkboard paints and chalk paints, I knew this would be the perfect project for a trial run. UrbanOasisDecor has chalkboard paint and chalk paint in tons of fun colors. For anyone that doesn’t know – chalk paint gives a gorgeous finish to painted furniture and other home décor projects. And best of all, they also have carry Paint PowderPacs – a secret mixture you can add to any flat latex paint to create chalk paint or chalkboard paint in your favorite colors.
There were so many fun colors but in the end I chose turquoise chalkboard paint. Predictable I know, but it is a color I love and I know it will work in any room in our house.
It came in the prettiest packaging and was such a bright, fun turquoise, I couldn’t wait to get started.
I followed the instructions that were included with my chalkboard paint. I painted the tabletop with the turquoise chalkboard paint – three coats – and then sanded it lightly with 150 grit sandpaper. Griffin saw me sanding his little table and as soon as I walked away, he had to get in on the action as well. (Cutest little DIYer I ever saw!)
Then it was time to prime the tabletop for chalk – which just means you rub chalk all over the surface and then wipe it off with a slightly damp cloth. This prepares the surface to be written on with chalk.
I wanted to add a little something special to the chairs as well, so I painted a little banner on the back of each chair with chalkboard paint.
The easiest way to do this is to print off a banner shape you like and transfer it to the chair back and then paint it in. (Here’s a super simple method for transferring images that only requires a pencil). Be sure to also prime the little banner with chalk if you plan to write on it.
I added a happy quote to the tabletop and the set was complete!
And I am sharing the love with all of you as well! Lue from UrbanOasisDécor and I teamed up to give one of you a quart of chalkboard paint in the color of your choice along with a ChalkFinish Paint PowderPac. Your ChalkFinish PowderPac can be added to any color of latex paint to create a beautifully smooth chalk paint – perfect for painting furniture and home décor.