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DIY Chalkboard Table Top

I have a great DIY project for you today on how to create
your own chalkboard table top using a chalkboard vinyl surface.
It’s easy and has really worked wonderfully for my entertaining needs.   
 
Whenever we have a lot of people over for any occasion, we usually 
serve the food buffet style.  I used to set the buffet up on our kitchen counter, but 
that was getting crowded and made the kitchen seem a bit messy.  
 
A few years ago, we started bringing in two folding tables that we purchased 
inexpensively at Lowes for large family gatherings to place the food and chaffing dishes on.
The very first time we did this, I used REAL tablecloths.  
BIG mistake.
I went out and purchased a few vinyl/fabric back tablecloths that I used
over and over again.  They worked perfectly and were easy for quick cleanup.
 
A few weeks before Thanksgiving last year I thought of this idea of using chalkboard paint
to paint on the folding tables so I could write in chalk in front of each chaffing dish 
exactly what was inside.
 
My hubby looked at me and said, “Let me think about that.”
A few days before Thanksgiving he came home with this product
called Chalkboard Vinyl Surface.
 
 
It’s very easy to use.  Just unroll it and place it on the surface
you want to cover.  Cut to fit and then ever so gently remove the backing…
 
 
 
Using a smoothing tool, begin to smooth out the contact paper until all the
air bubbles are gone.
You can see that we just covered part of the table.  The chaffing dishes covered
the back of the table and we only had so much contact paper to use…
 
In no time at all we had the tables ready to be set up with the chaffing dishes
and my large roaster.  
Then I had some fun labeling the buffet table…
 
 
The clean up was EASY too! 
I just took a damp sponge and wiped the chalkboard down.  
 
I’m getting ready to set these tables up for our Easter celebration in a few days
and I can’t wait to write on them again!  

 

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Lois

Originally from Queens, NY, Lois now calls northeastern PA home. You can find her blogging over at Walking on Sunshine where she shares a little of her life, but more importantly what’s for dinner at her house tonight. www.walkingonsunshinerecipes.com

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