How to Make a Chalkboard Activity Centre for Your Toddler

Before becoming a parent I use to think that my house wouldn’t change that much. I figured it would still be decorated the same and I would just ‘teach’ my kids not to touch stuff like the glass vase on a coffee table, or a low hanging picture. Then I had Avery and realized that I was an idiot; there is no reasoning with tiny humans. They are miniature versions of a more stubborn you, who like to touch and brake anything in their path.

After accepting that my house will be kid friendly for the rest of my life, I decided to make little areas in pretty much every corner for her to play in. This summer I made Avery a play tipi, for her boho birthday party but I’ve been wanting to create a space where everything was brought down to her level. So today we are working on ‘Avery’s Nook’, with a table her size topped with a chalkboard paint, along with a mirror and pictures low enough for her to look at them.

What you will need:

  • Kid size table
  • Mirror or picture frame
  • Kid safe mirror
  • Paint of your choice
  • Chalk Board Paint

Step 1 -Finding your pieces- I took an old side table that my husband had in his ‘man room’ upstairs. Yes this kid is taking over our house, I think one day my husband will come home to find his man room has been transformed into a princess tower.

For my chalkboard above the table I found a vintage mirror with a decorative frame around it at a thrift store, and for the mirror at Avery’s height I bought a shatter proof mirror at Walmart. Also, as you can see in the picture below that there is a cat. This is Cleo and she just wanted to be a part of the project today. Warning: If your animal wants to help, do not paint them…it is difficult to get paint out of fur.

Step 2 -Paint- I wanted to use a coloured, chalky textured paint for all of the pieces, so I used the brand Fat Paint. I applied the colour Ocean Spray to all of my pieces with a foam brush and it went on nicely. It only took two coats on the legs and mirror to get a nice solid colour.

Step 3 -Chalk Board Paint- When my Fat Paint dried I did the whole top of my table, and my vintage mirror in chalk board paint. With this paint the more coats the better because you need a good base to write on. I did three coats on all of the pieces but might go back and do one or two more coats depending on how it holds up.

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This area is now Avery’s favourite spot. I still need to add a couple of chairs, but she loves writing on the table and looking at herself in the mirror. I also found frames at Ikea with plastic in them instead of glass so I’ll slowly start adding a few pictures around her table as well.

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