Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Not quite so lame-o buffet anymore

Remember this buffet? Yeah. Okay. It was so boring and plain, you probably forgot about it. It's okay. I understand.

With it looming in my face every day, I couldn't forget about it. After months of talking about fixing it up, I finally went at it with a spray can of chalkboard paint. Fifteen minutes later...voila!

Super quick. Super easy. Super fun.

If you want to try this yourself, I recommend against spray paint - though very easy to apply (cramped up claw hand aside) I think a brushed on finish would look a bit more like a real chalkboard. This stuff came out quite glossy and made me feel like I'd just painted my cupboard with plain old boring black paint.

Also very important is starting with a very smooth surface. I neglected to do any sanding before I started and the result is a slightly rough chalkboard that eats chalkboard brushes in no time flat. It's a bit better now that we've used it a bit and worn down the roughness, but it's probably better to start with a smooth surface in the first place.

I still plan to paint the rest of it, change out the feet and find new knobs. For now, I am simply enjoying having a place to doodle. Abner is enjoying having a place to rub her hands all over and then wipe them on her clothes.


  1. What a great idea! Looking good!
    We really need to get together again soon... it's been too long!

  2. it looks terrific! love it - and it looks like such a fun spot to play in. way to go abbs, rubbing chalk dust all over your clothes!

  3. my, am I glad to have dropped by your blog! That's a fantastic idea! I will be decorating the new house with you as my inspiration!


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