How to update a table with Sharpies
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When we moved into our little apartment we picked up a simple, inexpensive IKEA table for our dining nook. I’ve been slowly making cute, little updates to our nook (well, as much as you can when you rent!). And one of the last things that needed updating was that table. It was boring. But, because we are renting…and up some vicious stairs!…I didn’t want to invest in a table. So, I got inventive with white paint and Sharpies and created this Sharpie Table. I absolutely adore this sweet little nook now! The graphic black and white is modern and charming…so perfect!
Our before table; not so cute. Nothing wrong with it. But nothing amazing.
- Buy an inexpensive table and personalize it for an inexpensive, fun diy!
Start your Sharpie table by painting your table white or black. White paint is easier to find, so that’s what I chose. You could, of course, use other colors. You just won’t achieve the same feel. But hey! If you want a hot pink kitchen table with great Sharpie designs, more power to you.
- Chalk paint (not chalkboard paint!) is great for full-coverage, fast-drying, paint. A must try! Buy some, or make your own!
- Use spray paint if you have the ability to take your table outside to speed up your process!
Materials for Sharpie Table:
- White or Black topped table.
- 2 Oil based Sharpies (one in a large width and one smaller width. we found ours at Michael’s.)
- straight edge ( I just used the flap of a cardboard box)
- patience. Let’s be real…making all those lines takes a bit. Easy, but it takes some time.
The hardest part of this pattern to make was the curvy part in the center. If you don’t feel confident about that, just skip it and do something that is easier to make with a straight edge. Just make your lines, and keep on trucking! You’ll start seeing your Sharpie table come to life!!!
- To create a scalloped pattern, use half of a paper plate as an outline.
If you like this Sharpie Table project, you’ll be happy to know that Michael”s is a great place to grab a variety of Sharpie’s. Easy to find there!