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Hi, Everyone. My name is Danielle Driscoll and I blog over at Finding Silver Pennies. I live in a coastal New England town with my English husband, two little boys and our rescue dog. The blog is dedicated to our life by the sea, redoing our historic home, treasure hunting at the beach & yard sales and fun family ideas. When I’m not running after my little guys then you can be sure I’m down in the basement painting furniture. It was a dream come true to be featured in Better Homes & Gardens. All the more special that my sons, John & Conor, could take part in the fun.

From a very early age I got hooked on Yard Sale-ing and antiquing. Since before I could walk my mom had me by her side looking for treasures. Most weekends you can find us out sale-ing before we hit the beach.


We discovered the drawing table I created for my boys at a friend’s yard sale. The table is quite big and super sturdy. I absolutely love the turned legs, and oak paints so nicely because of the grain of the wood. BUT I almost passed on it thinking it was just too big!


How could I resist the bargain of a $5 table?!?


My sons LOVE to draw and I thought what better way to repurpose an old and unwanted table for years (and I mean years) of enjoyment?!? We completed this table back in September 2012 and it is still going strong and has provided many, many hours of fun for our whole family.


I shared the tutorial on my blog here. My oldest son had just started kindergarten and both Conor and I missed him so much. We decided to paint the table together to pass the time.  Here is the before:

I first sanded down the surface because there were scratches, and then I painted the top in Valspar chalkboard paint I had left from another project. I applied three coats with a Purdy XL Glide brush. You can also use a paint roller. The vibrant green is Antibes Green Chalk Paint®, decorative paint by Annie Sloan. I applied two coats of the green and did two coats of clear wax to seal it (no wax on the chalkboard top).


As you can see, Conor started young with Chalk Paint®. Here he is painting at the age of 3!

He was so proud of himself, carefully brushing the paint on. He kept saying, “Mommy, John is going to be so proud of me. He’s going to be really surprised.” I guess it goes to show that you’re never too young or too old to breath new life into an old piece.


The boys haven’t tired of this table or the other ones I’ve painted for them in Chalk Paint® including a subway sign chest, a decoupaged sailor dresser, a grain sack dresser and a union flag bureau.

I hope you can pop by my blog to say hello and see some of the other painted pieces.


I’ve also shared a behind the scenes post of BHG visiting my home. This photo was taken while the crew was setting up and the kids were drawing:

The crew came through a blizzard! The snow was falling and the kids were drawing but you’d never know from the image in the magazine that the weather was so bad. Thank you to BHG for including our fun project in the magazine and on this blog!


Our little home was built back in 1920. It isn’t fancy, has all the simple necessities, and nothing more. It needs a lot of love, which requires a bit of cash. Since we’re not rolling in the dough, we try our best to decorate and update our home on a small budget. This means many DIY’s and thrift shopping. One of my favorite little wall decorations: my wall of plates in the kitchen. I’m continually adding to this wall. Each time I’m out thrifting and spy a sweet little plate that I love, I buy it and add it to my wall.

Inspired by this BHG plate wall (see below), I created a wonderful chalkboard plate. Before I had my daughter, I used to make and sell these things online. Even if you don’t have a plate wall, it’s cute to have this chalkboard plate to write love notes to your family.

Supplies needed:

- Primer

- Chalkboard paint

- Paintbrush

- A plate of your choice

- Painter’s tape

- Pencil

- Blade

- Plate hanger


- Clean up your plate, make sure you don’t have any dirt or oil on it.

- Use your painter’s tape, to tape off the whole section where you’d like your chalkboard to be. Don’t worry about making a perfect circle, that’s what the blade is for.

- Use your pencil to mark where you’d like to cut the circle. I did this free hand (just following the shape of the plate), but you can use a small dessert plate or something else to trace. Trim the marked circle with your blade, peel back the tape, and you should now have a taped off circle.

- Paint a layer of primer, and let dry 24 hours (or, whatever your primer directions say).

- Now, it’s time to paint the chalkboard! My plate took 3 coats of the chalkboard paint (2 hour waiting periods in between).

- Let dry for 1-2 days before using any chalk on the plate.

- Enjoy!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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