Oh, those pricey activity tables are awesomely amazing, aren’t they? You’re all about getting a chalkboard-topped artsy activity center for your kiddo. But, you’re not exactly thrilled when you take a look at what it costs. Here’s where Ikea’s classic Lack side table comes in. It’s been around since 1979 – and for a very good reason. It’s inexpensive and easily adaptable. For under $10 it’s a major find! And it’s one that you can magically transform into an imagination-inspiring workstation for the pint-sized set.
While it may seem like slapping a coat of chalkboard paint on top of the Lack sounds like a good initial thought, it’s not exactly the best way to go. The table’s coating isn’t the best surface for your paint to stick to. That means you’ll need to do some sanding.
If you don’t own a pro-level power sander, don’t stress. Grab a piece of sandpaper and go over the entire surface. After you’re done, wipe the sanded table top down with a damp cloth and dry it. This helps to get rid of the gritty particles left behind and makes the table ready to paint.
This is a grown-ups only DIY. Your tot needs to wait until the table is complete before getting crafty.
Even though your kiddo can use the chalkboard surface after it has dried, don’t let them use the paint itself. The same goes for the hot glue gun. Okay, for very different reasons. The hot glue is…well, hot. It has burning potential and isn’t safe for your child to use.
Obviously, your child can use the table top to draw some pretty stellar chalk pictures. But that’s not all. Put a few pieces of paper on top, bring out the crayons and your young artist can draw all day long.
Yes, you can display the art on the clothesline gallery that hangs from the sides of the table. But, you may want something more permanent. Snap a few pictures of the artwork (both the paper and the chalkboard art) and upload them into your computer. Now what? Turn the mini masterpieces into a Pint Size art book!