DIY Indoor Chalkboard Table

Turn an old table into an indoor chalkboard to extend the opportunities for drawing, mark making and writing for your little ones! So simple and quick to do and provides a fun and quirky addition to the art area or play room!
We have a couple of these £5 Ikea “Lack” side tables for the girls to play and create on. I painted one with the blackboard paint from when I made the outdoor chalkboard table last summer. It took just one coat all over, with one more on the top, and 24 hours later it was dry and ready to use! 

 Before and after shots!

 I put the coloured chalk in a little terracotta plant pot and gave them a dry-wipe eraser and they now LOVE drawing and colouring on the table then quickly wiping it all off again!
Hello Sunshine!

 Drawing and mark making at this angle is very good for young children as they can stand up to do it and their arms move freely at this height. Instead of being cramped and uncomfortable, they can draw with large swooping movements directed from the shoulder and elbow, which is perfectly age and developmentally appropriate.


  1. says

    i did this on a toy chest lid, when the children lift the lids there are bags on the inside of the lids containing chalks, sponges ect..they love it :)

  2. says

    lovely idea…we were thinking of doing this for our table on the verandah…perfect for those rainy days!Love the sunshine!!

  3. says

    Is this a “directed” activity ?
    If not, how do you do to prevent them using chalks elsewhere than on the table ?

  4. Kim says

    I think if you want your children to play on this independently, you need to know that they are ready for this, that they understand that the chalks are to be used on the table only. I’d do this now with my 3 and 7 years olds. I wouldn’t have done it a year ago !!

  5. says

    A Lack table never looked so good! My two are old enough – sort of – to know where and where not not put chalk now; outside on the ground – yes, on the chalk board – yes. On our sofa? – no. I totally blew this the other day though – I said ‘go for it!’ when they wanted to make a football pitch with chalk on our pouffe. It’s black PVC – actually a great surface for chalks (and can easily be wiped off). Talk about double standards!

  6. says

    So funny that i found this post today. we bought some blackboard paint yesterday to turn out old coffee table into a chalk board for Goblin. Great minds!

  7. says

    Nice. I usually dont bother with chalkboard paint as long as the surface is dark. i have a very dark wooden cupboard that goes very well for chalkboard art.

  8. says

    When I was little I used the back of a dark blue file folder as a chalk board, worked great, I might try it again now that I have kids.