16 Whimsical Chalk Painted Tables

A few years ago I turned an old beat up piece of furniture into our family dining table.  It still amazes me to think of the transformation our table went through.

dining table

I renovated this table with our family in mind.  Meaning, from the beginning I wasn’t going to flip out about scratches, dents, or stains.  I wanted a table that we could live at.  A table where school and crafts took place, family celebrations, and fun nights with friends were welcomed.

spring 2012 dining tableentire table

For the past three years we have done just that with our dining table that also doubles as a chalk board.  I’ve drawn on it with chalk for seasonal celebrations and other times left it white.  It’s been fun having a table that is so versatile.  But it’s time for a change…

In our townhouse I loved how bold the white table looked against our dark floors and furniture. It was elegant when it needed to be but practical at the same time.  Over the years the top has gotten a little dingy looking though and needs a little facelift.  I plan to keep the base white and choose a color from the benches for the top of the table.  I love the finish on the dresser in the girls bedroom so this go around our table will receive several layers of a high gloss finish.

I plan to knock this little project out during ML’s next off week.  It just seems easier to tackle when I have someone there to watch the girls for me.

In the meantime, I want to share some really creative chalk tables that I found on Hometalk.  Hometalk is a social networking site focused on home improvement, gardening and DIY projects. With both expert and amateur users, the Hometalk network aims to create an online community where people share ideas, advice and experiences from personal home-related endeavors.

chalk_painted_tablesBefore looking through Hometalk I had never thought about incorporating a big stenciled design onto the top of a table or even one that wrapped across several sides.  I love how so many of these projects were trash to treasure transformations.  I mean don’t these make you want to go find an old table stashed away in your attic and give it new life?  Click the graphic above to get the details on any of these projects.

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