Outside Chalkboard Tables {DIY Chalkboard}

We have had these little table frames in our shed for years!  It was time to do something with them.  I think we found them on the side of the road, or someone was cleaning them out and gave them to us….I can’t remember which.

Handsome cut some old wood we also had in the shed into squares to fit inside the table tops……and I painted them with chalkboard paint {some people call it blackboard paint}.  Now these little tables are having fun in our yard serving all kinds of purposes…fun notes, game tables, score keepers, impromptu drawings, etc.

diy chalkboard or diy chalk board

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[OK, these pictures are humbling….because I have to admit: I DON’T LIKE PLASTIC! OK, I said it.  Hate me if you want to….I know some people love it.  We had a yard full of wonderful teak yard furniture…but the squirrels decided to use it as a chew toy.  So, until we find metal furniture that we really like…..we have to go with the plastic chairs.] *hanging head with large sigh*

If you’d like to make some fun chalkboard tables like these…..

Here  is what you need:

Chalkboard paint {I used the spray kind purchased from AC Moore or Michael’s}

table frame of some kind..if it’s for outside metal would be best

plywood 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick {We used 3/8″}

Here’s how ya do it:

If you don’t like the frame color/finish….paint it.  We left ours as is because we liked the rusty look

Cut the plywood to fit inside the frame of the table..be sure to cut it just a tad bit smaller than the size of the frame.  If your table doesn’t have a ‘pocket’ for the wood to fit into…then you can cut the wood to whatever size you would like and attach it to the table with screws.

Paint the wood with the chalkboard paint…..I used 3 coats.  It dries very quickly.

Attach your top to the base by either inserting into the opening or with screws..depending on the style of table that you have.

Play Tic-Tac-Toe


Hope you have a super weekend….any fun plans?


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14 thoughts on “Outside Chalkboard Tables {DIY Chalkboard}

    • It hit me….one of those ‘drop out of the sky’ ideas. These poor little tables had been on a shelf in the shed for years! What a shame. ha!

  1. This is an awesome idea! I have all of the materials and my kids would love to be able to write on the ‘furniture’! Thanks for the project! 🙂

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