Before & After: Chalkboard Table

We've seen chalkboard walls, mugs, calendars and fridges, but Kate's idea is new to us. She figured out a great way to spruce up this ho-hum table from Craigslist and provide a bit of entertainment for many meals to come...

After hauling the table home, Kate went back to Craigslist and was able to barter a few hours with an electric sander in exchange for meyer lemons from her backyard. Sanding complete, Kate primed then painted the table with two coats of custom mixed gray chalkboard paint. She let the table cure for three days to avoid any scratches to the surface, then set to testing it out. From the look of the dinner party shown in the last image, we'd say it was a smashing success. You can read more about Kate's chalkboard table project (and awesome bartering skills) at her blog, Mi Piace Kate Design.

(Thanks, Kate!)

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