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!