Make a Kid’s Chalkboard Table with Benches

Little people matter too, right? Being a mom of eight, I am always on the look out for projects that are fun for the kids but are practical as well. Here is a DIY chalkboard table for kids + how to make mini-benches. Enjoy!

how to make a chalkboard coffee table

Mini- toddler table with mini-benches. The table is a coffee table with chalkboard paint on top. ♥ My kids ages 8-1 fit great around it. Use as a coffee table in your living room or in the family room with the benches that fit around it perfectly.

Starting with the benches:

You need one 1″ x 8″ x 47 1/2″ long board, or measure according to the length of your coffee table*
2 pieces wood: 1″ x 8″ x 7 1/2″ for the legs…cut a v-shape on one end of each piece
1 wood piece for the center bracket: 1″ x 2″ x 42″
Jigsaw
Circular saw
Pencil
Wood screws
Router *Optional
Turquoise satin finish latex paint
Paint brush

Directions:

*If you want to push the bench under the coffee table, you’ll want to make these a little shorter and keep in mind where the legs stand on the coffee table.

DIY kid's bench

Assemble the pieces as follows:

how to assemble a mini kid's bench
Take the center bracket and screw onto the center of each of the “legs”.

kid's toddler bench
Router the long board {Optional} and set on top of the “legs”. Screw into place. {It always helps to make it a family affair: here is a picture of 3 generations working together.}

Finish by painting!

DIY Chalkboard Table for Kid’s

Find a coffee table that you love and one that you are willing to forever allow the kids to have fun with.

Sand the table. Paint the sides and legs of the coffee table. We used a turquoise satin latex paint.

Next spray paint the top of the coffee table with a primer. Then spray the top with chalkboard spray paint {find it at Home Depot}. Spray 2 coats for a good chalkboard.

Get out the chalk. Put the benches at the table and let the kid’s enjoy!

Tip for chalkboard lovers: mix white vinegar and water to get it cleaned well without the chalk residue.

how to make a chalkboard table with benches

What did you think? Give me some comment {love}! ♥

About Shiloah Baker

Daughter of God. Married to the man I'm madly in love with. PhD in Motherhood with a MA in Homeschooling Arts. Professional mom to 9 great homeschooling kids. Energy therapist with Lifeology. Holistic Health Coach. Editor-in-Chief of the Homemaking Cottage & company. Lover of religion, life, classic books, children, red lipstick, jewelry, and beautiful things.

Comments

  1. LOVE it!! Now you just need to attach something to hold the chalk! Maybe that drawer opull idea you showed me?? ;-)

  2. Love it! Wish I had room in my house for even a small version of this!

  3. I did this a while back with a coffee table and my girls love it! But, silly me, I never even thought of benches and that is a brilliant idea. Thanks so much for the inspiration, I am excited to ask my husband if we have the materials for it!.
    http://thismama.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/chalk-table/

  4. LOVE this idea!! I have a coffee table that I don’t use anymore but the middle is glass.. Will it still work?

  5. I love this idea!
    Used coffee tables are cheap and the benches are easy enough for a beginner to build.

    Thanks, Patricia