DIY: Play Table

With our house currently frozen in the age of the toddler, life is an everyday battle against the war on childhood graffiti. My once white, crisp shabby yet chic one off pieces now all embellished with crayola. Don’t get me wrong, a little elbow grease and it all comes off but, it’s another effort to add to the list of ever increasing chores as a result of juniors inquisitive mind expanding and exploring and as lovely as that is in theory, the reality is it’s an absolute ball ache!

One of my favourite past times is to do up old furniture , bargain pieces that I’ve discovered in the deepest, darkest depths of old warehouses and charity shops. A go to paint for doing up such pieces sympathetically and with as little effort or expense as possible is chalk paint. However, not having the high gloss means it scuffs easily and is very absorbent especially to felt tip markers, play dough and greasy fingers. Recently on a trip to restock on chalk paint I found my latest saviour; chalk paints slightly more studious older brother, black chalk board paint.

To make your own black board furniture like that pictured all you will need is:

  • A piece of furniture, the lighter the wood the better as it’ll be easier to paint
  • A well aired room
  • A paint brush
  • Some black board paint
  • Chalks to play with once furniture is complete

I’ve previously used black board paint on some of my grown up furniture.

This time however, I’ve used an old, low level, pallet coffee table which Theon uses to play ‘trains’ on. It’s perfect height for him to lounge around and scribble on.

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