Note: I wrote this post 6 months ago, and took the pictures over a year ago. The pictures aren’t as great as the newer posts and you can tell Toddler was much smaller than he is now! 🙂
I’m so excited to share with you my Upcycled Ikea Chalkboard! We live a hop-skip-jump away from the ONLY Ikea in Arizona and I consider myself extremely fortunate, both because I’m SUPER cheap and also because I lovelovelove DIY and Ikea stuff is almost tailor made to tinker with. I know, it’s cheap stuff and I know it’s not (inately) very fancy but I have 4 kids and as anyone who has ANY kids knows, kids wreck stuff. I’d much prefer they have the freedom to learn (read – abuse) using Ikea stuff I put a little elbow grease into than irreplaceable antique whatevers.
So I went to Ikea and found one of these super cute chalkboard/dry erase combo deals and I thought wow, this would be really cute if it didn’t look like it was made of balsa wood. Enter our hero, PAINT! First though, his sidekick, painters tape!
That chalkboard is great for chalk and carrots (The little guy likes to draw with his veggies. I don’t judge) but we don’t want to get any paint on it. So tape it up! Both the black side and the white side. If you’re crazy like me and want to paint this inside (aka live in a state where 6 months of the year it’s over 100 degrees outside and even worse in the garage) make sure you put a plastic sheet down to protect your floors. Also, if you step OFF of the sheet make sure you also remove whatever you’re wearing on your feet so you don’t track paint all over the place. I recommend socks!
We want to tape up the chalk/marker tray too, unless of course you don’t like the red (I love grey and red together so it worked out for me) in which case paint it however you like!
I started out painting the backs of everything, both to get a feel for the paint and also for how much I’d need to put on. 2 coats was plenty. You really don’t even HAVE to paint the backs but I wanted to, and there was more than enough paint in the tiny premixed Valspar container I got from Lowe’s for that and then some.
Once it’s dry, flip them over and carefully paint the front sides, if you DO get any paint on their faces I’d have a wet washcloth near by (it doesn’t have to be yellow, personal preference) to wipe it back off before it dries. Don’t forget the dowel that holds on the tray!!
There we go! Much nicer looking, you almost can’t even tell it only cost $14.99! Of course the paint was $3 but I still had some leftover to detail a few other things around the house after it was done.
The little guy loves it, he’s too young for the markers yet but in a few years we’ll get there, and his big sister got in on the action later too. All around we have a winner. What color are you going to paint yours? I’d love to hear from you and see how they turned out in the comments below!
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