How to Make Kid-Friendly Chalkboard End Tables

Add personality and one-of-a-kind style to your living room with chalkboard cube end tables. Acrylic overlays keep drawings crisp and chalk dust at bay.

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Chalkboard paint is fun for kids, but the results can be messy. Preserve their art and protect furniture by adding easy-to-remove acrylic panels. Go from architectural drawings to creative kids' artwork at a moment's notice!

Materials Needed:

  • wooden cube end tables
  • orbital sander
  • sanding pads
  • 1 quart of primer
  • 1 quart of chalkboard paint for every 4 tables
  • mini roller handle
  • mini roller sleeve
  • paint pan
  • drop cloth
  • chalkboard paint
  • drill or screw gun
  • stainless steel screws
  • stainless steel rivet washers
  • full sheets or precut panels of 1/8" acrylic sheeting
  • utility knife
  • colored chalk
  • white chalk
  • damp cloth
  • straight edge

Choose the Proper-Size Table

Wooden cube end tables can be found at many big-box furniture retail stores. When searching for the proper cube end table for your family room or living room, it’s important to take sofa dimensions into consideration. Smaller, streamlined sofas work well with cube end tables between 18" and 20" in size. Bulkier sofas with generous depths are best suited for tables sized between 20" and 24".

Sand Existing Finish

To ensure the best painted finish possible, it's important to rough up the wooden surface of the table and strip away its existing finish. To do this, use the orbital sander, moving back and forth along the four sides and the top of the table in a slow, steady and controlled manner. Once sanding is complete, wipe away dust using damp cloth.

Prime Surface

In order for the chalkboard paint to bond correctly to the wood, it’s important to use primer. Pour can of primer into paint pan, then add an even coat around all four sides and top using mini roller.

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