Project of the Day: Chalkboard Party Cart

Welcome to the second day of Home Decor week in the National Craft Month celebration on the FaveCrafts Blog. We’ve had three wonderful weeks of projects and giveaways already, and we’ve still got a few more things in our bag of tricks!

As a bonus to the fabulous craft tutorials we’ve been featuring, we’ve also been offering prizes each and every day of National Craft Month. If you haven’t been chosen as one of our lucky winners just yet, don’t worry. We still  have plenty of giveaways left so stay tuned to the blog for your chance to win!

Today is Day 26 of National Craft Month, and we’ve got a thrifty home decor project to share with you. Today’s Project of the Day is a party cart refurbished with chalkboard paint from Krylon. Learn how to make this clever project below!

Chalkboard Party Cart

Start this project with an old party cart or end table. You might have one lying around the house that would otherwise go to a thrift store, or you could find one at a flea market or garage sale and decide to give it new life! Either way, this project is a great way to recycle tired, old furniture. Once you’re done sanding and refinishing the table with chalkboard paint, you’ll have a shabby chic party cart to decorate your home or provide an extra serving surface when you’re entertaining.

Chalkboard Party Cart


  • Party cart or side table
  • (1) can Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer
  • (1) can Krylon Indoor/Outdoor White spray paint
  • (1) can Krylon Dover White spray paint
  • (1) can Krylon Chalkboard spray paint
  • Purdy 6 in 1 Painters Tool
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Wood Putty
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Dove Gray
  • DecoArt Glazing Medium
  • Screwdriver
  • Sand Paper
  • Paper plate or something for mixing paint
  • Paint brush
  • Drop cloth or newspaper to protect work area
  1. Clean cart. I used the Purdy 6 in 1 Painters Tool to scrape off the stickers and gunk.
  2. Repair cart: The cart was more abused that I realized – one leg was held together by screws. I removed the screws, and glued the leg together with Gorilla Glue. Let dry.
  3. Once the glue was dry, I realized there were still some cracks, so I added some wood putty to fill those in. Let dry. Sand.
  4. I sprayed a coat of Krylon Primer and then more blemishes in this beauty of a cart appeared…more Gorilla Glue…more wood putty…more sanding…ta-da!
  5. I sprayed a second coat and let dry. NOTE: I had decided that my top was going to be chalkboard so I took no care to paint the top nicely with the Krylon. I did prime it with the Krylon Primer.
  6. I LOVE Kylon’s Dover White (I have used it on many projects), so I continued to paint the cart with it and the color was spot on and application super-duper easy.
  7. After drying I knew what had to be done…distress it. The cart was begging for it – it was the only way to save the cart and camouflage the damage. So on this gorgeous base of paint, I sanded the legs and a few other areas to show the wear – I especially hit the places where the damage was already done.
  8. Then I glazed the entire cart with a mixture of DecoArt’s Dove Gray American Acrylic and Glazing Medium. I just mixed the two together and used a rag to wipe on and wipe off. It gave a subtle glazed, while letting the original color shine through.
  9. Once the glaze was dry, I sprayed the entire cart with the Deft Clear Wood Finish Sealer from Rockler. I sprayed now – before painting my top with the chalkboard paint because I did not want the chalkboard to be “sealed” – it was just easier.
  10. Once the sealer is dry, paint the top with chalkboard paint – 2 coats according to bottle directions. Let dry. Prime and get writing!


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Today’s prize is a 6-pack of Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint

Krylon Chalkboard Paint

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  • Contest closes March 26, 2012 at 11:59p CST.
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Answer this question below in the Comments Section of this post for a chance to be today’s winner:

What’s your favorite way to refinish old furniture?




    I like to refinish old furniture with a new paint colour to match its new room a few new pieces of harwear and WoW.

  2. Amy Jones says

    Well that depends on the furniture. It could have a shape or detail that works better with an antique look. I like this look and staining as well. It really depends on the furniture though.

  3. Kim Smith says

    I like to paint and antique/distress all kinds of old items furniture to frames to trays…just about anything! No matchy-matchy stuff for me that looks like what everyone else has! 🙂

  4. Tambra Vandal says

    To be honest…I love Krylon products & is what I always use. Just finished redoing my big clock over my fireplace…it needed it, & looks great! Love, love, love the chalkboard cart…saving the directions for a future project.

  5. Sahara Tann says

    Depends on the project. Sometimes I strip, sand, prime,paint and seal. Other times I paint and decoupage. I like stencils, sponges etc. I just greatly enjoy painting anything in general. Bringing new life to an old object or experimenting and creating something new altogether is a lot of fun. And I look forward to it every chance I get. 🙂

  6. Teresa Adams says

    It depends basically on the peice I am working on. I have done different things. I like a crackle finish though.

  7. joann says

    It depends on the quality of the piece, but I prefer to strip, sand and stain because I love the wood grain look.

  8. Michelle Salyer says

    I just made my first chalk board paint and LOVE IT. Thanks for the new idea!

  9. cath says

    If I can, I like to stain the wood and possibly varnish it. Sometimes the piece calls for painting. Depends entirely on the piece and where I’ll use it.

  10. Terri says

    Spray paint is a girls’ best friend for a quick up-cycle of a piece of furniture (or most anything for that fact!!) and the chalkboard spray paint is now on the top of my list of ‘THINGS TO TRY”… can’t wait…

  11. Teddie Seeley says

    I like to strip the furniture, especially if it has been painted, down to the grain, then stain it, to show off the beautiful wood.

  12. Becky Menk says

    Depends on what I find when I strip it! One oak dresser revealed brass key plates and hardware, and carving that was TOTALLY submerged in layers and layers of paint. That piece got a hand rubbed oil finish. Most are more badly damaged, so those I basecoat and faux finish or decoupage with tons of brightly colored flowers….

  13. Mary Leigh Trent says

    I love to strip old furniture down & try all kinds of new ideas from restaining, to painting, faux decorating. Its the feeling of creating something that makes projects fun.

  14. deb says

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to spraypaint tons of things!!!! It makes things look brand new, not to mention clean and sharp!

  15. anna donald says

    Im still trying to learn the best, easiest and non-toxic way to do this. I have only used sandpaper and elbow grease thus far …. Would love to look at all of the comments.

  16. Patrice says

    What an absolutely wonderful idea! Kids love to color and decorate most any object and now they can show off their artistic ideas every day. Great way for my daughter and friends to have tea parties and display menus. Love this idea and will be passing on to my sister-n-law who is great at refurbishing old furniture.

  17. Babrara says

    I mostly enjoy returning any old furniture to a wood stained finish especially if the item is an antique

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