Creative Ideas For The Kids' Table - Chalkboard Paint and Holiday Dressing

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Creative Ideas For Your Kids Table

A couple of years ago I bought a kids table and chair set at a yard sale for $5 with the intention of refinishing it.  It sat in the basement, as good intentions sometimes do, until recently when I pulled it out to sell at my yard sale.

kids table and chairs

I thought, "who's kidding who...I'll never get to that project, I might as well get a few bucks for it."  I just didn't have the motivation to invest the time needed for the job.

As I was rummaging around my basement, I saw the can of black chalkboard paint from my recent "pumpkin project" and noticed the picture of a kid's table on the front of the can.

Suddenly, I was inspired and highly motivated to paint the top of the table with chalkboard paint.

  I immediately went from not wanting to be bothered... to wanting it done yesterday!

refinished kids table


I lightly sanded the table and both chairs.

I Spray painted the table and both chairs with primer.

I Wrapped some paper around the bottom (the legs) of the table, and spray painted the top with chalkboard it three coats.

I Painted the table legs and the two chairs with latex paint.


It came out great!

And...the boys love it!

kids chalkboard top table


No time to paint before the holidays....

Here's a fast and easy way to DRESS UP THE KIDS' TABLE

holiday kids table

A king size pillow case is the perfect size to cover these little chairs.

 Use wire ribbon for a decorative bow to hold the cover in place. 

An inexpensive plastic tablecloth cut in half and tied at the legs with matching ribbon completes the transformation.

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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty - Dallas, TX
The Little REALTOR® That Could


You had a brilliant idea and you carried it through. Plus look how happy those grandsons of yours are too!

Honestly, I would never guess it's the same table and chairs. You're a genius!



Nov 21, 2011 06:29 PM #5
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
GettysburgGerry Social Meida

You are the best of the best....hope you are well

Nov 21, 2011 06:36 PM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

We all know I'm not as good as you when it comes to keeping up with posts, but this just isn't fair!  It's only Monday and you're posting pictures of my two favorite little guys.............I could have missed it!  Now that you have teeth marks on your A$$, I will proceed..................

Love the chalkboard paint on the table and the Christmas motif on that little set is adorable.  You are "tops" in my book!

Nov 21, 2011 06:51 PM #7
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Patricia:  Aside from being called "genius", thank you for that, I have to say how much I enjoy that your comment rhymes!

Gerry:  Thank you!  Right back at ya!

Roger:  My A$$...your teeth....sounds like fun!  You are too funny! Wouldn't you and Mickey look adorable at that table, LOL!


Nov 21, 2011 07:39 PM #8
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Sharon, I never saw chalkboard paint in action! Great job and creative thinking! I'd like a table like that.

Nov 21, 2011 07:51 PM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL


What a great idea and business model, the post and the idea is well worth a feature.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 21, 2011 08:08 PM #10
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

That seems to be a great idea. The grandchildren will love it.

Nov 21, 2011 09:13 PM #11
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, congrats on finally getting to that project. Love the color combination.

Nov 21, 2011 09:40 PM #12
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

Oh you just come up with the most cleverest ideas missy!!!  Those are great, but I love the photo of the boys enjoying the fruits of your labor the most!  :)D

Nov 21, 2011 10:21 PM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ellen:  It's awesome.  When my kids were little we painted the bottom half of their playroom walls with green chalkboard paint.  

Nov 21, 2011 10:55 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- you are the most creative person I know.  And you make it sound so easy.  I once saw a powder room where they'd painted part of the wall with chalkboard paint for any and all guests to "sign in" whenever they wanted.  I loved it.  I have a small framed chalkboard in my powder room and my friend's daughters love to leave a message when they're visiting.

Nov 21, 2011 11:06 PM #15
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, I love chalkboard paint! They need to do that everywhere, since graffitti has become such a nuisance! I have clients that have a chalkboard in their kitchen and the weeks menu is written out so there are no surprises! I would love to do something like that, but evenings aren't always spent at home and dinner can't be made in 14 minutes...

Love what you did with the table!

Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM #16
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Sharon--amazing how creative you are.  Using the chalkboard spray paint was really brilliant and I can see how your grandchildren are really enjoying your idea.  And then you go on to dress up the whole thing.  Could you fly to Maui for a while--I have a series of backed up projects that could use your attention!

Nov 22, 2011 01:46 AM #17
Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA - Bellingham, MA

How cool is that? I love it and very clever. Keeping the little kids busy for Thanksgiving dinner is something to be thankful for too!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Sharon!

Nov 22, 2011 07:55 AM #18
Toni Weidman
Re/Max Sunset Realty - Trinity, FL
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Sharon - you always have such wonderfully creative ideas. I love this!

Nov 22, 2011 08:54 AM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lou:  Thank you!

Brian:  It can be a little messy when they start going wild with the chalk, but they are really enjoying it!  It's an easy clean too.

Anna:  It almost didn't happen at all...if not for the picture on the spray chalkboard paint can.  The color paint I used is something I had from painting walls in my home.  Glad you like it!

Laura:  Thank you!  I love that picture too.  It makes me happy to see them having fun!


Nov 22, 2011 12:54 PM #20
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy:  It was easy and I have no doubt that you could have done it just as well.  I love the powder room idea...I'll have to play with that idea a bit.

Peg:  I don't think I could be that organized to have the menu written out in advance.  But, I bet it looks great!

Janet:  Could I "fly to Maui for a while"?  Now that's an offer that's tough to pass by.  I've never been...hope to get there someday.

Lydie:  Keeping them busy before dinner didn't even occur to me, LOL!  It's so obvious too.  Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday!

Toni:  Thank you!  You should get some chalkboard paint and let your creative juices flow!

Nov 22, 2011 01:06 PM #21
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

You have the most creative mind!  I love it and thanks so much for sharing these great and creative ideas.  I have an old child's table and chairs - and I'm thinking I will do the same thing for my grandchildren.  What a grand idea!

Nov 22, 2011 11:50 PM #22
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Louise:  Thank you!  I hope you will share a picture when you are finished with your table and chairs.

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