Hack a Lack with Chalkboard Paint

chalking the table

My IKEA Lack coffee table did not fare well in our move last year (as it goes with most of the cheap IKEA furniture). When I brought home a can of chalkboard paint, I decided to cover the scratches by slathering on a coat. Our apartment is not the most entertaining for children older than the age of 1, so in addition to instilling the love of drawing into our daughter and covering scuffs, we can also provide some fun for older children who occasionally visit.


It’s easy to pencil a design onto the surface of the Lack table. Using my t-square, I drew a line 2″ in from the edge all around. I then taped off my area to paint and lightly sanded the surface. I painted on my first coat, let it dry overnight, and lightly sanded (according to the directions on the can). After topping with the second coat and letting that dry, I peeled off my tape and primed with a coat of chalk before cleaning it for first-time use.

Easy peasy, right? Of course, Miss Hailey doesn’t understand that she should color in the lines, but the Lack table resists chalk stains much better than it resists the weight of the books on its shelf…

chalk it up



  1. Laura Takisaki
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I want to do this all over my walls!!! haha

    • Posted July 9, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yay!! Laura you’re our very first comment. 🙂

  2. Katie
    Posted July 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love it! I need to do that. Except then my kids would think they can color on furniture in other people’s houses. 🙂

    • Posted July 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

      True! Hailey thinks she can draw on the wall with the chalk, but luckily it wipes off really easily.

  3. Erin McGever
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A friend of mine painted the lower portion of her pantry door with chalkboard paint. It gives her kids a place to draw while she can keep an eye on them! This might not be the best location in some kitchens, but it worked out great for her and her kiddos LOVED it! The black color made for a good distinction between an acceptable wall to color on and a normal wall to keep clean 🙂

    • Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

      That’s a great idea! Thanks Erin!

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