Chalkboard Coffee Table Redo

Are you ready for a fun and functional makeover?  My niece and her husband moved and asked me if I wanted their old coffee table....heck yes!  The coffee table I had in my living room was a BIG square gallery table with glass and drawers which at one time was perfect for the room but now it was just too big so my niece's coffee table was perfect and I could put baskets underneath to hold the kid's school books and my books and magazines {clutter}.  Perfect I tell ya!  Only one problem.  It didn't match anything else in the room so I knew I wanted to refinish it.  We also moved the previous fluffy girlie couch downstairs and moved the recliner couch up stairs so the table had to be more functional and it had to be able to easily move when someone wanted to recline.  A few weeks before Christmas I decided to redo the table.

To start the redo I needed a few items, which I already had on hand {yippee!}.

Casters from Ikea

Valspar paint from Lowe's  for the table top {I may redo the rest of the table in the spring...not sure yet}

Chalkboard paint {gray slate by Plaid}


Mod Podge Outdoor

J-B Weld Epoxy


First, I removed the bun feet so that I could add the casters.  On this particular table they merely screwed off.

The caster base was too large to merely add it to the original bottom of the bun feet but would fit the side that was in direct contact with the bottom of the coffee table and because of this, the feet had to be flip-flopped.

In order to flip the bun feet I had to remove the hardware so that it could be attached to the other side of the bun feet.  This was fairly easy to remove and now this hardware could be added to the opposite side.

Next, I drilled holes in the feet first for the old hardware and next for the casters screwing everything together firmly.

Before attaching the feet to the bottom of the table, I used the J-B Weld epoxy following the directions on the package.  I wanted to be sure the casters STAYED in place.

This is the finished feet/caster part of the for the finish on the top of the table which I did not do by any means the 'right' way.  I didn't sand...I didn't strip {I did get a bit overheated but was clothed at all times}.  I used a teaspoon solution to wipe down the tabletop and that was it as far as prep.  My thoughts were that if it didn't turn out, I would just go the route of redoing it when the weather was warmer finally jumping on the chalk paint bandwagon and preparing the surface PROPERLY the next time.

I painted the top of the table thinking I was all done but it just didn't look right to me.  I wanted to add something more.

Not wanting to buy anything I went to my craft room and came across my chalk paint and thought I would give it a whirl.  I then added the chalk paint to the border of the table.  It was an accident that it all matched the baskets at the bottom.  I bought those at Target on clearance a few months ago and it just happened to match perfectly {I love happy accidents}.  I used 2 coats of the Valspar paint and 3 coats of the chalk paint.'s where my redo gets even more off the beaten path.  I wanted to seal the center painted portion but didn't want to use something with a lot of fumes so again went to my craft room and found the perfect finish, Mod Podge Outdoor.  I was really not sure how this would turn out but I can tell you that this table has taken a BEATING and has not chipped or peeled so the Mod Podge Outdoor sealer worked PERFECTLY!  I don't have to worry about the kids using coasters as the surface wipes off easily and doesn't leave a mark.

I love the finished table and we have so much fun writing each other messages, playing tic-tac-toe and just being silly with it ~ it is one of my best redo's ever as far as my ♥family♥ is concerned.

Have you redone any furniture in a non-conventional way and loved the results?  I would love to hear about it.

Linking to:  Free Pretty Things for You, Live. Laugh. Rowe, Yesterday on Tuesday, Beyond the Picket Fence, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, The Frugal Girls, The Romantic Home, 504 Main, Tidy Mom, Parlo & Logi, Tatertots and Jello, Your Homebased Mom, Flamingo Toes, Funky Junk Interiors, DIY Showoff, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Domestically Speaking

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  1. So unique and so cute! You did a great job on this coffee table redo!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Lorraine! I really appreciate it.

      Have a wonderful week.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  2. Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage says:

    How fun! I like how the center color really makes the vignette pop. And of course the chalkboard frame is really cute. Great update!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Shannon!

  3. Melissa H. says:

    I love this idea! So fun (and you make it so chic)! Definitely Pinning this!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You made my night, Melissa! Thanks so much.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  4. Very nice MB. SO creative!! Love it!:)

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Mary ~ Next time you come over you can draw all over it!!!

  5. Lora Bell says:

    Love all your ideas!!! This is a great one! You show such creativity and can really think out of the box!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Lora! I appreciate that.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  6. What a great idea! Love your transformation. 🙂

  7. Julia Stansel says:

    Absolutely love it!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Julia! I hope you and the family are doing well ~ I appreciate you stopping by.

      ~Hugs, Mary Beth~

      1. Julia Stansel says:

        We are doing good. Thanks to your posting my stores on your blog, my sales have stayed up and it has really been a life saver with my husband loosing his job! I thank God for you and your family! Yall have been a huge blessing to my family!

        1. Mary Beth says:

          You're so sweet, Julia ~ I'm glad things are going well for you all and thanks for being such a blessing in my family's life!

          ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  8. Thanks for this post! My grandkids are moving down and I want to make the sunroom more kid friendly for regular/daily visits. I can convert my current table for them so it can do double duty as a play table. This way it can still look great when the kiddos aren't there! Brilliant!
    Again, thanks from this grammie!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for letting me know you liked the idea, Millie! Have fun with your grandkids.

      Mary Beth

  9. EEk! I L-O-V-E it!!
    Thanks for sharing at Parlo and Logi!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Awww...thanks, Chrissy! Have a wonderful weekend.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

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  12. Mary Beth says:

    You are TOO sweet! Don't you love Ikea??? They have everything I tell ya!

    Thanks for being such a doll.

    Have a wonderful week.

    ~hugs, Mary Beth~

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  14. Leigh Anne @Yourhomebasedmom says:

    Love that you can write on the furniture! Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Link Party. Hope you'll join in again this Saturday!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I look forward to your party this Saturday, Leigh Anne. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

      Have a fabulous week ~ I hope it's warm where you are.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

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