|Source Table Inspirations by Emily Chalmers|
Firstly I had to seal the fibreboard (birch) with a sealer/undercoat. I use Taubmans 3 in 1. Then I gave the place mats 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint.
When they were dry I seasoned the chalkboard by rubbing it all over with the side of a piece of chalk, and then wiping it clean. I added some felt (or you could use cork) feet to the bottom of the place mat to protect the surface of the table. This is the end result.....
Hmmmm.... A little boring I think. So I grabbed a rubber stamp and some Stayzon Opaque white ink and added this.
A damask stamp to the bottom corner.
A scroll corner stamp.
I found the mini easel in the discount store. It was a bright gold colour, so it got a coat of white paint.
I can imagine painting a long strip of wood to use as a table runner down the centre of a table, or large square place mats. You could place a small mason jar of chalk on the table so your guests could play naughts and crosses (tic, tac, toe) or write messages. You could stamp any design onto the chalkboard - hydrangea, bird, chandelier .... Oh the possibilities.
P.S The little chalkboard labels on twine were from Somerfield - a funny little supermarket in London.
Showing my crafty side here: