Our Chalk Table

Our Chalk Table

I am definitely a sentimental, and one of my favorite ways to decorate and furnish my house is to re-purpose pieces that have been passed down through generations of my family (or other families’ that I find in a thrift or antique store…or ones on the side of the road…yes, I’m a dumpster diver on occasion). This antique gate leg table was my great grandmother’s and I remember sitting at it to eat applesauce with ground cinnamon. Yum! After my grandma died, some of the furniture sat unused for many years, and this table had some bad water damage. We used it as our first dining room table in our small 900 sf town home – gate legs are great for small spaces. Then, we moved and got a bigger table and the old one sat in our shed for 2-3 years. I finally dusted it off and executed an idea I had to bring it a new life. I painted it with chalkboard paint. Voila! New life! I knew it would be a great school table because it could be folded down and put out of the way most of the time (such a smart space-saving idea!) The kids absolutely love it! The whole project was very simple. The table was already disassembled, so I sanded down the veneered top, got out my chalk paint, which someone had given me and rolled on two coats. I let it dry and then reassembled it. I tried magnetic paint first – did three coats and it is barely magnetic – oh well! I also left the legs and edges as...