Chalkboard Coffee Table

It’s official. I’m obsessed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP). I got my order in on Friday and started painting IMMEDIATELY. I was a little sad that my order was incomplete. I was missing ‘Old White’ and when I called the store they said they were sold out. Apparantly I’m unoriginal with my color choices, but that doesn’t bother me.

While I wait on my Old White to come in, I’ve been working on projects that involve the beautiful Duck Egg Blue. I just adore the chalkboard coffee table that I made for my little one. Huge transformation.

Did you notice the hoard in the garage? It’s much better today. I knocked out three projects over the weekend and prepped two more. My husband is going to hate me for sharing this picture. This is before I started painting this weekend.
HOLY S**T is right. There are seven pieces of furniture in there, two bikes, drum set, baby stuff and a bunch of plain old junk. My poor husband is a saint for letting me store my projects in here. SAINT.

Back to the project on hand. I spent $5 at LCM for this coffee table. Perfect solid wood legs, but terrible particle board top with chipping/missing veneer. What made the top worse was there was water damage to the particle board. Big suck.

Since we already have a coffee table, I decided to turn this beauty into a chalkboard table flaws and all. Figured my daughter wouldn’t judge me for the gross trim and chipped veneer, right?
I used silver craft paint to cover up the nastiness. Even a round of sanding before painting couldn’t smooth out the nicks and bumps on the edges. This is why I despise the particle board and veneer combo. When we’re done having children, I’ll probably gut the top and replace it with a beautiful new solid wood piece to match the curvy legs.
I introduced my daughter to her new table in the morning and this was the face she gave me when I told her that eating chalk was “yucky”. Love her.

Another shot of the completed project, imperfect trim and all.

I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to have tea parties with her stuffed animals and understands that chalk is not food. For now she enjoys handing me the chalk while I draw pictures and rubbing the chalk into her clothes and that’s okay for now.

If you’re wondering whether or not to take the plunge and buy ASCP, here are a few pros and cons.
1. EVERYTHING!!! Seriously, everything.
2. Goes on smoothly, practically zero brush strokes when the paint dries.
3. Super short drying time. This means that I can finish more projects in shorter amounts of time.
4. Distresses easily & beautifully.
5. A little paint goes a long way, which means more furniture per quart of ASCP vs. an entire gallon of latex paint.

1. Price. Well, more like the initial sticker shock, but a quart will last you at least 3 pieces of large furniture with two coats.

Please go paint something with the stuff. I promise that you will never use latex paint on furniture again.


  1. 1
    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    This is darling~ thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  2. 2
    Restore'Amore says:

    Great job, I'm glad you like the ASCP, by the way we have plenty of OW now!!!

  3. 3
    Craft Crazy Mom says:


    I LOVE ASCP! I'm almost out so I'll probably need to stock up again soon. Thanks so much for your AWESOME customer service!


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