Ah, the classic, cheap and standard Ikea Latt table. We got this set for Greta for her first birthday
nearly a year ago (I’ll have a two year old next month. Pinch me.).
Of course to a toddler a table and chairs just their size is delightful no matter what it looks like–but after staring at it for a year, I knew that we could do better. For the most part, this just hung out in her room and held her basket of books. Occasionally, she would pull out a chair and actually sit and pretend to read.
Last night, after she went to bed, I snuck it out of her room to give it a little personality, a new life that didn’t scream, “Ikea Latt!” and most importantly, I was hoping a lot more use. After about 4 hours, the tabletop was now a chalkboard (I can’t have all the fun
), and I color blocked portions of the chairs and table for a contemporary, clean, mod look. Ta Da!:
I had all of the paint on hand, so this project was a freebie. For the chalkboard paint, I used Rustoleum, the same quart-sized can I had left over from my making my big chalkboard for our laundry room
. The white border around the chalkboard is right off the shelf semi-gloss white that we use for all of the trim in our house. The green is Martha Stewart’s Cornichon. We have used it previously here
The white and green color-blocking also got 3 coats of clear high-gloss Polycrylic to seal, protect and shine! And boy does it shine:
I love the juxtaposition of the raw pine, the glossy color and the matte black chalkboard. Once I showed Greta her “new” table and chairs–I realized I should have saved it for her birthday even if we would be regifting her own gift. She went bananas.
And just when I was sure we had a left on our hands, she switched:
Of all the DIY projects we do around here, there is hands down nothing more rewarding than doing something special for Greta. She gets so excited and is so grateful. Now, I am just hoping the excitement of drawing on the chalkboard lasts the afternoon…at least.