Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chalkboard Paint on the Classroom Table

I mentioned the chalkboard table in my post on Friday. I got a few e-mails about it, so I thought I would post more information.
I read a blog last year about a family that painted their dining room table with chalkboard paint. I pinned the blog post and started thinking about my reading table.
My school is older. The teachers go “shopping” for furniture by looking at what others have discarded. My reading table is two trapezoid tables that are worn and stained. I have used table clothes to hide the table tops for years. Paint would be a better option.
I talked to my friends at Home Depot who recommended this paint and a small roller. I sanded and the applied three coats over the course of a few weeks. I used the brush on the edges.
We use the chalk all the time. We write 10 word summaries and draw graphic organizers during reading groups. We draw diagrams and work out math problems. The kids beg to write on the table.
To erase the chalk I use water and sponges. My kids used to complain if the mist of water got them wet. Then I renamed it “Smart Spray.” Now they try to get a little spray. I control the smart spray which helps!
Every week we wash out out sponges and clean the table with a bucket of water. It really isn’t that big a hassle.
My principal is awesome. I had left over paint so I asked if I could paint the connecting door. She happily went along.

The chalkboard frame was a class gift from a couple of years ago. I love the way it looks posted on the door. I post a question of the day on the door. They are usually just getting to know you questions, but we all enjoy it!

I know a lot of people are anti-chalk, but it works for me!


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  2. Does tha paint chip?

    I teach high school and plan to paint all my tables, but I'm worried that I'll have to stare at chipped tables all year (and that will drive my nuts!).


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