Sunday, January 04, 2009

Art Table


I wanted to showcase my favorite gift we got for Beanie this year because, well fuh-rankly I think it turned out well and also just in case anyone else is facing the same dilemma that I was. See I really wanted to get Miss Bean an easel of some sort, a little drawing/creating/art-ing station. However, I also wanted to get her a little table and chair set because all kids {all people really} love sitting on chairs that are just their size. Easel or table and chairs? How about both? I searched on line for just such a combo, but I didn't find anything I loved...so we created our own for super cheap and much more aesthetically pleasing, albeit more simple, than the other options I ran across. Check it:


The table and chair set is a very popular Ikea model that runs about $40.00. I painted the top with chalkboard paint, and B attached some dowels underneath to hold a roll of paper.  Originally I had planned to paint the table and chairs as well, but we'll get to it another time.  The total cost was around $60.00 {chalk and paper roll were also available at Ikea}. We've spent plenty of time having tea parties as well as drawing in the beloved toddler mediums of chalk and crayon. Overall I think it was a hit!

11 comments:

  1. Awesome! I might have to steal this idea if that is okay. I've been looking for a small table and chair but haven't found any that i liked. You are awesome for doing this...thanks again for the idea.

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  2. love it! too bad we already have the easel from ikea..

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  3. That is incredibly creative and efficient. I love it!

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  4. so fabulous! i might post a pic on my blog if you don't mind

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  5. Love it!! Just a quick question...do you need to top the chalkboard paint with anything? How does it clean?
    Thanks :)

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  6. yay--thanks everyone. Liz--thanks for posting it and you have an open invitation to post anything from my blog anytime.

    Dargan--Chalkboard paint is like most paint in that it's good to start with a primer first. The nice thing about using that particular table from ikea is that it doesn't need anything else besides primer first (like removing paint, or sanding). Then once you prime and give it 2 coats of the CB paint, you just take the side of a piece of chalk and rub it all over the new chalkboard surface to 'season' the surface. As far as cleaning, I just use a dry rag as an eraser for the moment (actually, clean but dried out baby wipes work wonders). I'm not sure about using water on top, but I can't imagine it would hurt it. I think you would just have to re-season it again after.

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  7. This a a great idea! I imagine fun little table cloths for the tea parties!

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  8. this is genius! i love the idea of the dowel and paper roll- i think i'll have to add that to stella's table. of course, i'm going to have to wait until she's out of the "pull all the toilet paper off the roll" stage- i think all of the paper would just end up on the floor right now.

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  9. That turned out great! I bet she has a blast with it.

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  10. Im heading to Ikea on Monday, so Im doing it!! Great idea if you're a bit short of space. Thanks x

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