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Upcycled Breakfast Table – DIY Chalkboard Game Table Craft Project

Upcycled DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape Craft Project
Our neighbors upstairs recently had to move out unexpectedly. One thing they didn’t take with them was a breakfast table and two chairs. So they gifted them to us. While I haven’t decided whether I’ll be keeping the chairs or not – I may paint the fabric seats – I thought the breakfast table was perfect for upcycling into a chalkboard game table!
Breakfast Table Makeover
This is the table I started with. The first step was to clean it.
Upcycled Breakfast Table - DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table Project
Next I applied two coats of Krylon Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint to the top of the table. I then painted the base of the table with Rustoleum White Gloss Enamel Spray Paint. I allowed both to then dry completely.

DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Easy Upcycled DIY Craft Project Using Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape
Next I took Washi tape and applied it around the entire edge of the table top. Because Washi tape is more like a masking tape than a regular, super sticky tape, I highly recommend that you apply Matte Mod Podge to the edge of the table only, then adhere your tape to the edge of the table over top of the Mod Podge. Next, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over top of your Washi tape trim. Once the Mod Podge dries completely, apply a Clear Matte Acrylic Sealer over top of the edge of the table so it covers the areas that you used Mod Podge on. (If you plan to use your Chalkboard Paint Game Table outdoors at all in a covered area, I recommend using Outdoor Mod Podge to adhere the trim for your table followed by a gloss sealer as this Mod Podge dries with a gloss finish.)
DIY Chalkboard Paint Game Table - Easy Upcycled DIY Craft Project Using Chalkboard Paint and Washi Tape

Finally, add a magnetic tin – that DIY is here – to the metal base of the table. Or, if the stand for your table is not metal, you can glue one on using Gorilla glue. Now you have a finished Chalkboard Paint Game table for kids and adults alike!

One final note. You will want to allow your chalkboard paint to dry for a full 24 hours before attempting to write on it. This allows it cure completely to avoid scratching the paint off with the chalk. After 24 hours you would then prep your chalkboard surface by rubbing the SIDE of a piece of chalk over the surface then erasing. Now your chalkboard table top is ready for games of tic-tac-toe, artwork, or whatever else the heart desires!

What kinds of games would you play on this chalkboard game table?


  • Cari

    September 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I was wondering about Mod Podge and washi tape 🙂 Table looks great!

  • Rebecca D. Dillon

    September 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you!

  • Emma

    September 5, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Cool idea! Love the washi tape detail.

  • Jen | Acts of Craftiness

    September 5, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I love this idea!

    This reminds me of a coffee shop I frequented in high school. Their table tops were checkers/chess boards.

  • Angela

    September 5, 2012 at 6:29 am


  • Arimimen

    September 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

    great idea!

  • Christine

    September 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Oh so COOL and FUN!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  • Bev Feldman

    September 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    What an awesome idea, love it!

  • Crystal

    September 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the idea. You make it sound so easy!

    If you have time, I’d love for you to come share your post in the Mommy Club. It is a good mommy solution/resource!

    Thanks and have a great weekend,


  • Britni

    September 9, 2012 at 4:26 am

    That is so cool! I LOVE it! And I like how you used washi tape and sealed it with mod podge, that’s a great idea! I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday party. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope to see you there 🙂 http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-9/

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