Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chalk Table DIY

I got tired of telling my kids not to write on their table and to keep to the paper. Instead of finding ways to get them to stop writing on the table, I found a way to be OK with it- by chalkorizing it.
I used painter's tape to cover the parts I did not want to get paint on, and painted away. In hindsight, I should have used a sponge instead of a brush to get a more smooth finish. But I got the effect I was going for. I used Folk Art paint, which you can get at a KMart or a WalMart near you. I got a 8ft. oz. container and used less than 1/10th of the paint. If you want a different color, you can make your own, all you need is 2 tbsp of non sanded grout, 1 cup of latex paint in any color you want. Mix it well and start painting. Let the paint dry for about 12 hours. The last step is to actually use a chalk over the entire surface to activate the paint.

When the kids woke up and saw the table, they were so excited, getting dressed for the day had to wait. And now that I got the hang of it, I think I'll be chalkorizing a lot more around the house.
Any cute ideas on how to use chalk paint? I you love to hear if you have used it in your house.
Keeping it crafty,

1 comment:

  1. We have two locations in our church where prayer requests and answered prayers can be written by the kids. Lately it's been used for silly face drawings, but it's a nice sentiment.