We had some nice weather last week, and I decided that our kids table could use a little work. We used to have it in the kitchen as an art table, but since it was just a basic white Ikea table it was pretty much a mess after 3 years. Lots of marker and crayons (washable markers are decidedly NOT washable). I ended up chucking the table outside last fall so the kids might still get some use out of it, but our guests didn't have to look at it.
I had chalkboard paint laying around and after noticing that many smart mamas chose BLACK tables that wouldn't show the mess, I decided to get painting. The fact that we could actually draw on the table with chalk would be a nice bonus!
First step was scrubbing the life out of the table. It took an ungodly amount of all-purpose cleaner to get it looking like this. Oh, and please ignore the moving sticker. I never find all of them after a move...I'm vaguely ashamed to say that there are several pieces of furniture with stickers from multiple moves.
After I cleaned it I started painting with the chalkboard paint. It went on nicely over the laminate, but I did need to do several coats. Here's how it looked halfway through.
I decided to paint the top first and do the feet at the very end. This is sheer laziness on my part. I didn't have any dropcloths around and I wasn't headed to Walmart to get any when I had started the project already. Once the table had dried completely, I just popped it upside down and gave the feet a quick coating. They dried quickly, although I left it outside for a few extra hours to make sure.