Workin’ With What Ya Got- A Kiddie Table Everyone Will Wanna Sit At


I have had this little kids table and chair set forever:



My mom and dad got this for Annie at IKEA when she was just a toddler!
IKEA may cost next to nothing but this thing has been played with, drawn on, jumped off of and eaten over for nine+ years and it is still going strong.
I painted it the red color you see here last year, it used to be white and when they purchased it, it was just the natural wood.
But I was getting kind of tired of the red and I didn’t do a very thorough job painting it. I spray painted it but didn’t sand it before doing so ( I know, I know…) so the paint was starting to come off and since the kids use it (well not Annie anymore but Ellie and her friends) I didn’t feel comfortable with that.
So this time I took my time and painted it in steps:
First I spray painted the chairs and the legs of the table Heirloom White. I used three coats then I lacquered them to seal the paint.
Then I sanded the top of the table, as I had a vision for the table top.


…which failed miserably.  Originally, I wanted to make the top of the table look like planks of wood but in typical workin’ with what I got fashion, I ran out of brown spray paint mid way through my vision.

But then I had another idea!

I already had the chalkboard paint….


So I painted the top with that…
Then I sanded it on top a little to look rustic/vintage…..this is very important when working with kids stuff because rustic/vintage is code for DAMAGED.
 Which it will indeed become by next week, so who cares right?


I sanded the edges to expose the old red color, which I love.
So then I got out these numbers which I purchased last month. Remember when I got the black ones and created this project with them? Well, I went back the next week and got some more letters in white for five bucks.


I measured out the letters on the edge of the table.
Wow, see how evenly spaced they are??? Just kidding, I ended up having to improvise a little to make the table top look a little more balanced.
And here is the finished product.


Here it is with my black number tins I made last month.



Cost for me to make– N O T H I N G!
Cost for you to make-
1- paints– I used Heirloom White by Rustoleum and it usually runs around $3.50- $4.00 a can. The can of chalkboard paint (not spray) was around 9 dollars at Home Depot.
2- numbers– I got these last month at a local big box store for around 5 dollars back in the garage sale sign department (ours is right next to the spray paint area).
3- table and chair setIkea…not sure how much but definitely under 30 bucks and even though it was purchased almost 10 years ago, I know they still carry this same model but look outside the box a little- you can find table and chair sets like these at garage sales, Goodwill even on Craigslist.
Total cost for you– around $18.00 for just materials under $50.00 for everything!


22 thoughts on “Workin’ With What Ya Got- A Kiddie Table Everyone Will Wanna Sit At

  1. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    Sunny- thanks for the sweet comment!
    Oh and your the first person to comment on my playlist….I love that you noticed the little details. 🙂

  2. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    Tonia- lol, your description makes me laugh but that is exactly how I would feel too! Thanks for having me and I will be partying with you every week going forward!

  3. Camille

    Your posts are always so entertaining to read! You crack me up! I love that you called it a "prison" when you referred to your no-spend month. Ha ha! That is exactly how I would feel too! 🙂 We are going to be featuring this on Saturday- feel free to stop by and grab a button! And thanks so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you come back this weekend and link up more of your great posts!
    Camille @

  4. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    @ Camille- YIPPEEEE!!! I love being featured, thank you so very much!

    @ Lisa- LOL, oh how I wish I had posted this sooner! There is nothing worse than seeing something you can recreate and knowing you just gave up said thing to Goodwill days before…..:)

  5. Kari at A Grace Full Life

    Aww thanks Michelle. 🙂 Some days are so hard being at home but I look at those faces and know I am doing the right thing. 🙂

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