DIY Sandwich Board from Old Tabletop

My sister-in-law likes to laugh and make fun of me because I rarely throw anything away, especially if it’s made of wood.  How could I?  There’s a chance I might be able to use it someday, I tell her.  In fact, remember our old kitchen table?

Well, when the hubby removed the top of the table to create our new Farm Table, I didn’t want to throw the top away.  Of course not!  It landed in our garage next to other discarded pieces waiting for a new life.  The table top didn’t stay unused for very long, however.  It quickly dawned on me how I could reuse two sections of the table top: a sandwich board!  I’ve been wanting either a large vintage chalkboard sign or sandwich board to use at my shows, or even for a sale right here at our home.  A ha!

I decided to use the two largest sections from the table (the top came off in four) so I would have the most surface area for writing on.

I painted the top and the sides of each section in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Pure White:

The hubby installed two gate hinges to each section on the inside, screwed in a piece of black chain (which you can purchase by the foot at Home Depot for $.64/foot) on both sides so the board wouldn’t collapse while open, and he even installed a drawer pull on the side so it would be easy to grab and go:

I also asked if he could install a hook near the chain so I could wrap the chain around it while I was carrying it.  I didn’t want this heavy board falling open while walking with it.  Talk about awkward.

He cut MDF to fit both sides of the board, which I then primed in Rust-Oleum Painters’ Touch Ultra Cover Primer in black, followed by two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint.  I made sure to sand the MDF between the two coats of Chalkboard paint with fine sandpaper to ensure a smooth finish.  The hubby then screwed the newly painted MDF to both sides and . . . voila:

I was able to use it this past Saturday at a flea market (I’ll share the details with you sometime this week).  The writing on the board isn’t my usual perfection, but I only had about 10 minutes to get the writing on it by the time I had everything else set up.  The people were steady all day so I never had a chance to rewrite anything.

But not bad, ey?  It turned out great and it will certainly get a lot of use around here, that’s for sure!

See, it pays to be a borderline hoarder of all things wood.  Who’s laughing now?  (*smile*)

Thank you for reading!


Linking to:

Between Naps on the Porch
Coastal Charm
Home Stories A to Z
Sassy Sites
Primitive and Proper
Not Just a Housewife
Polly Want a Crafter
Chic on a Shoestring
DIY Project Parade



  1. What an awesome and useful repurpose, Laura! Love it. :)

  2. LOVE this! What a great idea!

    I was just looking around my warehouse this morning, thinking I really should pitch all this “someday” project stuff I have before someone calls Hoarders, the authorities or BOTH! But now I see this project and I am convinced someday I will use all that stuff! You just never know, right??


  3. Thanks Susan!

  4. Thanks Mary! Don’t throw any of it away. Or at least, if you decide to, let me come over and sort through it first before you throw it away. Hoarders unite :-)

  5. Very nice! I could use one of these for my husband, he has “trouble ” reading post-its LOL!!

  6. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Blessings, Tammy

  7. what a great idea! i would love to make one of these for my porch… not that i need one but it sure would be fun.

  8. Great idea. Hubby did a wonderful job!

    I’m thinking you should keep on “hoarding” and waiting for that just right thing you can do with something. You do great stuff.

  9. That’s awesome! I love it! What a clever idea and beautiful repurpose!

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